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V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014

Reel World

Fight film

From deceased pugilist Johnny Tapia to the doings of your friendly Alibi Film editor himself, a look at all the cinematic happenings around New Mexico.

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V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
Kathleen Hanna
Aliya Naumoff

Sonic Cinema

The Punk Singer Keeps On Livin’

An interview with Kathleen Hanna

Wherein music writer M. Brianna Stallings converses with iconic punk singer Kathleen Hanna about riot grrrl, Bikini Kill, feminism, The Julie Ruin and more.

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V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013
(From left) Andy Hummel, Alex Chilton, and Jody Stephens aka Big Star
William Eggleston

Film Review

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Rock doc covers cult band for both acolytes and the unfamiliar

When it came to the rock critics in 1973, they didn’t sway. And they didn’t nod or tap their toes. They danced ... to Big Star.

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In 1948 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein shot alongside Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. Glenn Strange and Ann Blyth posed for this adorable publicity shot.
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Reel World

48 Hour frights

The 48 Hour Film Project in Albuquerque is launching a brand new, horror-based competition. Teams will have just two days to write, shoot, edit and premiere their short horror masterpieces.

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V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
Check out the new whalePod from Apple.

Film Review

Blackfish

Environmental documentary unfolds like marine murder mystery

Blackfish—an attention-grabbing documentary from the newly launched CNN Films—presents some mighty upsetting information about the process of capturing, training and exhibiting killer whales. But the information is offered up in such a gripping manner that other would-be environmental filmmakers would do well to sit up and take notes.

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V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013

Film Review

Room 237

Movie-mad documentary turns theoretical critics into conspiracy theorists

Room 237—the puckish, reflexive, Escher-like documentary by Rodney Ascher—interviews several assumedly learned people who have spent waaaay too much time watching Stanley Kubrick’s loose adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining. These dedicated folks have developed various, often conflicting theories about the 1980 film and its hidden “meaning.” Some theories are perfectly plausible, ohers are far-fetched and some just plain looney.

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V.22 No.10 | 3/7/2013
This photo alone is enough to qualify Scott for coolest dad ever.

Film Review

Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott

Intimate biopic finds cinematic son hunting musical father

Documentary filmmaking has a certain reportorial air about it, and there’s an unspoken barrier that exists between documentarian and subject. Get too close and viewers might feel you’ve lost your objectivity. That’s not a problem that seems to concern filmmaker Stanley Warnow. After all, the subject of his film is his father.
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V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
If good fences make good neighbors, then scary giant walls are probably twice as effective.

Film Review

Harvest of Empire

Polarizing issue of immigration has its origins exposed in historical doc

New, PBS-style documentary by Peter Getzels & Eduardo López, tries to tackle the issue of immigration from a fresh perspective. Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González (“Democracy Now!”), Harvest of Empire asks one very simple question: What are these people doing here in the first place? The knee-jerk, surface-layer answer is that people from poor countries emigrate to America to make more money. Simple, no? But why are so many Latin American countries riddled with civil war, organized crime and overwhelming poverty in the first place? The answer, as in so many cases, lies in America’s neo-colonial government policy.
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V.22 No.8 | 2/21/2013
“How much for the cool donation bucket?”

Film Review

West of Memphis

Evidence at hand says familiar documentary subject deserves one more look

West of Memphis, the new film from Amy Berg (director of 2006’s Catholic abuse exposé Deliver Us from Evil), is a bit of a cheat. Berg didn’t exactly pull her subject out of thin air. The trial of the West Memphis Three has been the subject of not one, but three award-winning, HBO-produced documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. What about the infamous case of three Arkansas teens convicted of murder—mostly because they liked heavy metal and wore black—is left for Berg to explore in the wake of Berlinger and Sinofsky’s exhaustive Paradise Lost trilogy? As it turns out, a lot.

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V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
The world’s largest animatronic head of George Jones will swallow your soul.

Film Review

Beauty Is Embarrassing

Irreverent documentary about successful puppeteer-cum-artist says it’s OK to laugh at art

“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” puppeteer Wayne White finally gets the biographical treatment he so richly deserves.

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