Halloween is fast approaching, and we’re celebrating the occasion with a screening of the extremely scary anthology film V/H/S this weekend at Guild Cinema. The film is the work of several of today’s hottest, up-and-coming indie horror directors—including Ti West (The House of the Devil) and David Bruckner (The Signal). Check out the trailer above (if you dare). The film starts at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 students/seniors.
Alibi Midnight Movie Madness returns to Guild Cinema in Nob Hill for another weekend of crazed cult cinema. On Friday and Saturday, we’ll be presenting [REC] 3: Genesis—the third film in the wildly popular Spanish zombie apocalypse series. This time around in the loosely connected storyline, our videocamera-wielding heroes are a soon-to-be husband-and-wife team. When the demon-driven zombie plague hits their wedding party, it’s up to the blushing bride to pick up a chainsaw and take back her special day. Expect more humor, but no less gore for this one. Showtimes start at 10 p.m. and Midnight. Admission is $8 general, $6 students and seniors.
What are you doing on this fine Sunday afternoon? In the mood for some heavy drinking? Not as a participant, mind you, but as an amused observer? Head on over to The Box Performance Space for the world premiere screening of the feature-length comedy Drunk. The movie, directed by Phillip Hughes and written by Scott Bryan, features a whole host of Albuquerque actors including Daniel T. Cornish, Rebekah Wiggins, Jenn Daugherty, Jason Witter and Ryan Jason Cook. It was lensed in and around our fair city in 2011 and will be hitting film festivals at the end of the summer. The screening is free, but it’s also a fundraiser—so, if you wanna help out by sponsoring the film at an upcoming festival, there will be a donation pot to help get Drunk up and out on the road. Cast and crew will be around for the screenings at 3 and 5 p.m. Seating is limited, so you might want to shoot an RSVP over to the film’s Facebook page.
Now that Memorial Day is come and gone, the official summer movie season is in full swing. From now until Labor Day, we’ve got dozens of big-budget, explosion-filled films vying for our attention. Hidden among those Will Smith-filled blockbusters are assorted smaller-budgeted indie films worth your attention as well. To help guide you through this crowded battlefield of Hollywood offerings, we give you Alibi’s Summer Film Guide. Week-by-week Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary will provide you with all the pertinent info. Plus, we’ve got trailers! Read it over, mark up you calendar and get to the movies.
Albuquerque Film Office’s monthly Indie Q meeting returns to the KiMo Theater Downtown on Wednesday, May 23. Tonight will be a jam-packed night of local film shorts. Liz Langston from the Film Office will introduce the evening. That will be followed by 11 shorts. The lineup is as follows: “Trifecta Screening Promo” by Scott Milder, “Toy Soldiers” by Peter Nicholas, “Independent Business” by John Broadhead, “Two Timers” by Jim Sicard, “The Joy of Arca” by Lora Cunningham, “2Bers, How to Relax” by Ryan Halsey, “Lessons for the Aspiring Man” by Stephen Truselli, “Serious Shift” by James Nunn, “Serious Development” by Tom McGill and “Ritz and Spitz” by the IFDM Capstone Class. Afterward, there will be a Q&A session with all the filmmakers. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Did you know there’s a sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 trash classic / object of cult worship Showgirls? Sort of. Rena Reffel, who plays the ditzy stripper Penny in that film, got tired of waiting for somebody to make a sequel—so she went out and wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven. It’s exactly as good as you think it is. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer. We’ll be screening it at Alibi Midnight Movie Madness this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at Guild Cinema. See you there. Bonus points if you show up in stripper attire, by the way.
Everybody loves an election. And in this one, everybody wins!
Alibi is asking its readers to help the City of Albuquerque bring back the popular Civic Cinema film series in grand fashion. There will be three free public movie screenings this summer on Downtown's Civic Plaza. The city is asking you to pitch in and vote for your favorite films. The number one choice will be shown at the first public screening on June 1. After that, the winning film is removed, and voting starts all over again. Didn't get to see the movie you wanted? Vote some more. Encourage your friends to chime in as well.
Get out the vote, and let's watch some movies this summmer, Albuquerque!
Ever seen a Cuban movie? Ever seen a Cuban comedy? Ever seen a Cuban zombie comedy? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the answer is “no” on all three of these questions. Well, we’re here to help. Alibi is, once again, sponsoring Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema. This weekend’s crazy selection is Juan of the Dead, a winking horror parody about a Communist Cuba overrun with gut-munching zombies. It’s screening Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight. Be sure to bring your chainsaw and your copy of Mao’s Little Red Book.
The Poets and Writers film series, cosponsored by the Friends For The Public Library, kicks off today at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Among the word-centric films are An Angel At My Table (Jane Campion’s biopic about distinguished author Janet Frame), Barton Fink (the Coen brother’s existentially spoofy look at screenwriting in the Golden Age of Hollywood) and Slam Planet: War of Words (a documentary look at the national slam poetry championships). Each film will be introduced by a local author and/or poet. Alibi is getting into the spirit of the festival by sponsoring the Midnight Movie Madness screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This spiritedly trippy adaptation of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s crackpot autobiography (directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam) stars Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Harry Dean Stanton, Cameron Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey, Lyle Lovett and more. Fear and Loathing will play Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. only. Local poet Olivia Gatwood will introduce Friday’s show. City Slam Champion Hakim Bellamy will kick it off on Saturday.
If you’re in the mood for some retro-’80s ridiculousness this weekend, Alibi Midnight Movie Madness presents The FP at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. This energy-crazed parody manages to combine the best clichés of ’80s direct-to-video dance flicks and post-apocalyptic action films. In the southern California wasteland of Frazier Park, gangs of bandana-wearing baddies battle for their turf using an ancient video game called Beat Beat Revelation. It’s The Warriors meets Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Check out the bombastic trailer above. Showtimes are 10:15 and midnight on Friday and Saturday.