Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2008 

Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

The Devil Went Down to China

The thing about silent film is that it was never actually silent. The earliest, black-and-white examples of the filmmaker’s art were accompanied by live music, which heightened the emotional experience and lured audiences into the pictures just as surely as today’s most high-tech special effects.

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“I hope you like Hamwinkies.”

Film Review

Nights in Rodanthe

Sparks’ romance serves up the schmaltz, North Carolina-style

By Devin D. O’Leary

I’ve always liked Diane Lane (A Little Romance; Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains; Rumble Fish; Streets of Fire: all good stuff in my book). After a long, largely indifferent period (King David, Pretty Woman, Intersection, First Knight, Autumn in New York), I’ve grown somewhat more appreciative of Richard Gere (Chicago, The Hoax, The Hunting Party, I’m Not There). He’s one of those people (like Sean Connery) upon whom age looks better than youth. At 59, he also nearly outgrown his romantic leading man phase, taking on more interesting roles and sparing us the theoretical horror of Runaway Bride 2. Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook), I’ve never had the slightest interest in. What Thomas Kinkade is to painters, what Anne Geddes is to photographers, Nicholas Sparks is to writers--a pandering populist peddler of easy sentiment.

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Tru Loved   (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Winrock) was produced in partnership with California’s Gay-Straight Alliance Network and features cameos by Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Jane Lynch and Nichelle Nichols.

Festival Preview

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We Want Jordan Almonds

The sixth annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

By Devin D. O’Leary

Every year like clockworklike big, gay clockworkthe Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns to New Mexico. This year marks the sixth annual outing for the increasingly popular festival. For a week in early fall, the arts organization known as Closet Cinema takes over theaters in two New Mexico cities, unspooling a collection of entertaining features, essential shorts, must-see documentaries and must-attend parties (always with the parties).

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Idiot Box

Dropping Science

“Fringe” on FOX

By Devin D. O’Leary

Science used to be a good thing. Or at least a neutral thing. Now, thanks perhaps to eight years of demonization by the Bush administration, science is our newest go-to villain. High-falutin’ science is taking over the place formerly occupied by inscrutable Asians, creepy Russians and strangely dressed Middle Easterners. Thanks to a fall TV season marked by shows like “Primeval,” “Fringe” and the soon-to-debut “Eleventh Hour,” topics such as evolution, global warming, stem cell research and the like are downright eeee-vil.

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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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