Locally Shot Film Sees Light of Day (Probably)—There's been plenty of talk lately about films being shot here in New Mexico thanks to recent state tax incentives. So far, not many of these films have seen the light of day, however. One of those films, the serial killer thriller Suspect Zero, was shot in and around Albuquerque all the way back in the summer of 2002. Now, it looks like the long-delayed film will finally hit theaters late this summer. Paramount Pictures announced last week that the film would be released on Friday, August 27.
If only it were a dream
If sarcasm is the refuge of the weak, then Michael Moore's enormous, artistic success as a documentary filmmaker would be a farce. Tragedy is not supposed to funny. But in these brutish times, Fahrenheit 9/11, a depressing film in its exposure of the realities in Iraq, is also comical when it shows us, as Americans (our Marine recruiters, peaceniks, congressmen and Brittany Spears to name a few), who we really are.
Bigger, darker and more dramatic, this Spidey sequel is almost too much of a good thing.
For people of a certain age—those raised in the '60s and '70s, certainly—comic books are the Vedic Texts of their generation. Much as tales of Beowulf or King Arthur instructed generations of plague-ravaged Europeans on the meaning of right and wrong, Spider-Man, Superman and Batman provided shining paragons of heroism for generations of Slurpee-addled Americans.
Bottle Rockets and Remote Controls
Independence Day around the Dial
As Americans, we like to spend at least one day a year celebrating our patriotism with large doses of macaroni salad, canned beer and low-grade Chinese explosives. Yes, this Sunday is Independence Day. And, as the sadly unpaid spokesperson for network, cable and satellite TV providers, it is my duty to encourage you to add a dose of slothful television viewing to your Fourth of July diet of artery-clogging food, liver-damaging booze and finger-endangering fireworks.
The Week in Sloth
“Celebrity Poker Showdown” (Bravo 7 p.m.) This has been a phenomenally entertaining season. It all boils down to this, though—a betting-heavy battle royale with five celebs fighting for control of the coveted golden chip. My money's on Lauren Graham. That Gilmore Girl is a wily minx.
Dr. Giggles (AMC 8 p.m.) It seems kinda snippy to point out every time a movie on American Movie Classics fails to qualify as an American movie classic, but c'mon! Dr. Giggles? This lame 1992 slasher flick isn't even a classic among slasher flicks. It does feature death by liposuction, though.