Aug 9 - 15, 2007 

Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

SWIFT Cinema

The 4th annual SouthWest Indian Film Theater (SWIFT) will present two days worth of short and feature films by Native American filmmakers at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th NW). Among the films to be shown are Shonie & Andee De La Rosa’s Navajo drama Mile Post 398 and Mia Boccella Hartle & Marley Shebala’s inspirational documentary When Our Hands Are Tied. There will also be a special block of animated shorts. Screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. Admission is a mere $3 for an all-day pass. Log on to www.indianpueblo.org for a detailed schedule of films and times.

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“Wow, you kiss better than the Brontë sisters!”

Film Review

Becoming Jane

Regency-period romance transforms Jane Austen into a fictional lovebird

By Devin D. O’Leary

Becoming Jane is a speculative biopic that imagines a young, pre-fame Jane Austen as just another highbrow chick flick heroine mooning over the forbidden love of a hunky Irish lad. While it contains all the usual trappings necessary for a romantic costume drama (provincial English manor homes, fancy balls, horse-drawn carriages and lots of long walks in the countryside), the film’s greatest handicap is that it wasn’t actually written by Austen.

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“One day, honey, we’ll be able to afford curtains.”

Film Review

Killer of Sheep

Long-lost indie provides raw, unfiltered look at working-class life

By Devin D. O’Leary

Shot in 1973 by then UCLA film school student Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep has become something of a lost classic of American cinema. The film was shot on weekends over the course of an entire year on a budget of less than $10,000. It wasn’t finished until 1977, and only saw a cursory college/film fest release in the early ’80s. By 1990, however, the film had built up a solid reputation and was declared a national film treasure by the Library of Congress, which enshrined it among the first 50 films in the National Film Registry. In 2002, the National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the 100 essential films of all time.

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Idiot Box

These are Not the Droids You’re Looking For

“Mind Control with Derren Brown” on Sci-Fi Channel

By Devin D. O’Leary

Derren Brown is not a psychic. He can’t actually read minds. He has no paranormal abilities whatsoever. And yet, he’s better at what he does than just about everybody on the planet who claims to have supernatural powers.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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