V.27 No.17 | 4/26/2018
You Were Never Really Here
Art house action flick and its main character both feel bad
You Were Never Really Here enters the genre of cathartically violent shoot-’em-up story of emotionally wounded assassins and their doomed betrayers/targets but fails to provide an overall logic to the bloody proceedings.
Photos on Film
Go to Living in the Story, Taos Film Day: New Mexico Voices or the Albu-CRAZY Film Fest Fundraiser.
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Artistic biopic revels in surface details
Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
This week, see La Novia or Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni; go to a talk about production assistants.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy
Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly
Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.
Fade to Black
See Black Materials Experiments in Cinema, Holocaust survivor shorts or a documentary about the Pajarito Mesa community.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs
Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey
Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
NMFF presents “The Business of Film” seminar. Or go see The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Zydeco Breakfast or Big Trouble in Little China.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin
Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire
The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.
On the Border
Submit your short or feature to the Borderlands Film Festival, see a César Chávez documentary for free or go to the Ready Player One special screening with art show.
V.27 No.12 | 3/22/2018
Icy family drama will make you glad you don’t live in Russia
Loveless is a stark, dark, often beautifully bleak “feelbad” family drama wrapped around the hardened core of a procedural crime thriller. It is, in short, an extraordinarily Russian film.
Indie Q film screenings and NMFF's New Mexico Actors Showcase return; Albuquerque Sol hosts Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story; New Mexico Film Office offers talk on how to make money off the film business.
V.27 No.11 | 3/15/2018
Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ruminates on time, art and image with final film
Abbas Kiarostami evidently began what became 24 Frames by speculating on great works of art. Paintings are designed to capture one specific moment in time. What, he wondered, happened immediately before and after those famous “freeze frames” that the artists chose?
Submit to the State
New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase submission deadline looms, teens can screen their work at Desert Light Film Festival and director Kyle Henry introduces Rogers Park.
V.27 No.10 | 3/8/2018
A Fantastic Woman
Chilean drama examines grief and gender
A Fantastic Woman is a tiny character study of a film with an almost gut-wrenching impact.