V.26 No.42 | 10/19/2017
Only The Brave
Hotshots fight fire with fire in true-life tragedy
Celebrating the bravery and brotherhood of cocky, good-looking American boys battling a nameless, faceless foe is Only the Brave’s job and it does so with a single-mindedness that makes it strong, tense and emotionally gripping.
Chinese Couplets, the filthy John Waters, goat cuddling, a Max Evans documentary or The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live musical score.
Chatting with Killers
“Mindhunter” on Netflix
Some may find “Mindhunter” a bit too chatty, and it does take getting past the first episode for things to click into place. Once our protagonists start going face-to-face with killers, though, the show has a sneaky, edgy thrill.
V.26 No.41 | 10/12/2017
Frida on Film
Free The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo and The Whole Wide World screenings, and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival returns.
Attack of the Clones
“Ghosted” on FOX
FOX’s new series “Ghosted” lazily riffs on the “X-Files” formula without ever developing an original idea of its own.
V.26 No.40 | 10/5/2017
Erotic thriller or winking parody: sexy indie straddles the line
The softcore European erotica of the ’70s had a dark, cautionary edge to it, and Thirst Street carries this inspiration forward into its natural, horror movie extreme.
Attend a Phantasm event in Santa Fe, see Texan-Italian cult comedy Tiramisu For Two or go to a Q&A about Hollywood screenwriting.
“Marvel’s Inhumans” on ABC/“The Gifted” on FOX
The X-Men’s ongoing trope of “teenage mutants as metaphor for outcast outsiders of all stripes” is wearing a bit thin after more than 50 years, but “The Gifted” works thanks to a solid cast, a gritty look and some propulsive action. Here’s hoping “Inhumans” steps it up.
V.26 No.39 | 9/28/2017
Battle of the Sexes
Sporting flashback has a lot to say about gender, sexuality
Battle of the Sexes is about two people trying to figure out who and what they are—at a time when society is happy to dictate exactly who and what they are.
See Hidden Figures, Nasario Remembers the Rio Puerco or “High Desert Indie—New Directors Debut." And a $2,000 grant is available to one deserving filmmaker to help pay for post-production costs.
Television Dead Pool
Which of the new fall shows will be the first to die?
Which of the over-hyped, underwhelming new fall TV shows will be the first to face the dreaded ax of cancellation? Place your bets.