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 V.15 No.44 | November 2 - 8, 2006 
Reel World

Reel World

Cinematic Conference--On Dec. 1 and 2 at the Hotel Santa Fe (1501 Paseo de Peralta), the New Mexico State Film Office will host its first annual NM Filmmakers Conference. This two-day event will feature networking opportunities plus practical seminars and workshops designed to help local filmmakers sharpen their craft. Seminars and workshops are free, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required. A full schedule of events is posted online at www.nmfilm.com. Registration began online on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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“In my country, TV watch you!”

Film Review

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Faux documentary tries to be offensive and funny, manages 50 percent of its goals

Is British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (creator of “Da Ali G Show” and the face behind phony journalist Borat) funny because he's an annoying jerk or is he funny because he's pretending to be an annoying jerk? Either way, the end result is the same--which leads me to this review’s preemptory confession. I don’t find Cohen funny. I’ve never found him funny. Madonna thinks he’s hilarious, but that’s just one of the many differences between us. So it should come as no surprise that I hated Cohen’s new movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The film is crude, juvenile and rancidly offensive. I didn’t so much as crack a smile while watching it. Plus, I felt kinda queasy afterward.

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“Say cheese!”

Film Review

Flushed Away

Energetic British toon shows what happens when the cat’s away

Flush with the success of their last outing (sorry, had to get that out of my system early), the fine folks at England’s Aardman Animations have decided to follow up the international hit Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit with a rather surprising technological upgrade. Having mastered the art of clay animation, Aardman now tries its hand at tinkering with computer-generated toons. Although the 2006 box office has been inundated with CG animals, Flushed Away is easily one of the sharpest and deserves a rosier fate than the one that befell Ant Bully, Barnyard, Open Season and others.

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Idiot Box

No Soup for You!

NBC punishes bad viewers with bad TV

Early last week, NBC CEO Jeff Zucker took a cue from his network’s long-gone hit, “Seinfeld,” and turned into the Soup Nazi. Facing the unappealing prospect of having to cut 700 jobs and $750 million from his floundering network, Zucker came up with the brilliant idea of punishing runaway viewers by giving them nothing to watch. “No emotional medical dramas for you!”

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 2

“My Name is Earl” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) Roseanne Barr is back! On tonight’s “Earl,” she plays the manager of a trailer park. You’ve got to admire the woman for playing against type.

“Ugly Betty” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) Producer Salma Hayek finally gets around to guest starring on her imported hit, significantly reducing the “ugly” factor.

Friday 3

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 18)

Basement Films Analogue Spectacular

Watch strange and beautiful 16mm educational films and 8mm home movies. Featuring real celluloid film and the real live film projectors.
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This is a comprehensive workshop to help you navigate the best distribution path for any genre or length of film.

"Thank you, 5!" Pilot Episode Premeire at Albuquerque Little Theatre

Tuesday

Rickie Lee Jones at KiMo Theatre

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