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V.26 No.50 | 12/14/2017
Hedy Lamarr

Film Review

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Hollywood documentary embraces beauty and brains

Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor, gets the documentary biopic treatment she so sorely deserves with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Reel World

Shoot Yer Eye Out

A Christmas Story screens, Phil Duran teaches police tactics for actors and Albuquerque’s homegrown anime convention returns.
Happy! episode 1

Idiot Box

Bloody Christmas

“Happy!” on Syfy

Syfy goes out on a limb—a severed limb, it should probably be stated—with its absurdly funny, ridiculously violent crime/fantasy series “Happy!”
WWE Tribute to the Troops

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.26 No.49 | 12/7/2017
The Disaster Artist

Film Review

The Disaster Artist

Actor-director James Franco transforms into actor-director Tommy Wiseau

The Disaster Artist is both a hilarious comedy of errors and a touching love letter to Hollywood. Add to that The Disaster Artist’s meta-humorous “film within a film”/“good actors playing bad actors” japery, and you’ve got the makings of a cult film about making a cult film.

Reel World

Documentary of the Dead

See the history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, or Where God Left His Shoes or Baraka.

Idiot Box

Motel Hotel Holiday Inn

“Tarantula” on TBS

“Tarantula” isn’t the weirdest, crudest, most wildly conceived piece of animation on TV right now, but it’s got an under-the-radar charm and a cast of loveable-if-not-admirable characters.

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.26 No.48 | 11/30/2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crime doesn’t pay and neither does justice in pitch perfect comedy-drama

Between its corrosive sense of humor, its jaundiced look at small-town Americana and its cynicism about the entire concept of “justice,” Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri probably isn’t for mainstream audiences looking for a simple larf, but those attracted to interesting shadows will find a wealth of rewards here.
Reel World

Reel World

Finish That Film!

Get a grant to help with post-production, submit a spec script, attend a foley lecture/workshop or just watch some documentaries.

Idiot Box

Kids Watch

YouTube cracks down

Google-owned YouTube is currently reeling from a number of scandals alleging that the video-streaming site has been posting inappropriate content aimed at children, that it’s flooded with obscene comments and that its autocomplete search results have an unfortunate bent toward pedophilia.
The President's Christmas Album

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.26 No.47 | 11/23/2017
"I'm applying to clown college, mom."

Film Review

Lady Bird

Great Gerwig’s witty charm is undiluted in savvy coming-of-age comedy

With her newest, the coming-of-age semi-memoir Lady Bird, Gerwig steps fully behind the camera to write and direct, leaving the acting duties to others.
Reel World

Reel World

Win Some Jedi History

Revenge of the Jedi poster raffle, The Road at the KiMo and Las Cruces wants your film.

Idiot Box

Parades and Pigskin

Thanksgiving Day Around the Dial

In terms of beloved family traditions, Thanksgiving ranks several steps below Halloween and a step above Arbor Day. There’s eating involved, certainly. And more eating. And … well, a bunch of TV watching, really. Like the old turkey vs. ham debate, you’ve got two primary choices for the day: parades or football.