V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
Prison drama succeeds in making life behind bars look bad—which isn’t much of a challenge, really
Despite some committed acting and some gloomy cinematography, Shot Caller is far too melodramatic and drags its twisty story out far too long to have the solid, gut-punch impact it so desperately wants.
See Singin’ in the Rain at Civic Plaza, Smoke Signals and "The Best of 2017 48 Hour Film Project.” Crewmembers are wanted for Judgment.
Networks lock new fall lineups
The broadcast networks announced their fall schedules. Here's what we’ll be watching (or not) come September/October and what new shows have been sidelined until midseasons (January/February).
There's an “unscripted docuseries" about a Beverly Hills erotic club, legendary warriors of light chosen by the Trump Kingdom to protect the world from evil desires and a “Countdown to Darkness.”
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
Oddball indie comedy looks at the dangers of nostalgia and the joys of fandom
Brigsby Bear is a bit too self-conscious of the dorkiness of its main character and of the hipster profundity in his Quixote-esque quest, but the overall intent is sincere and openhearted enough to overcome the script familiarities and character tropes.
Check out the Taos Pride Film Festival or the Native Cinema Showcase; see Pulling Push Doors or Pretty in Pink.
Televised tidbits from around the dial
TV gets new stuff, including books and movies.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
Impolite BBC drama is bad romance at its best
Far too stark to call Gothic, way too bleak to call romantic, Lady Macbeth is a violent heartbreaker for those who prefer broken hearts to happy endings.
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
66 Mile Radius and last weekend's 48 Hour Films screen, and a special "dinner and a movie" event happens in Silver City.
“The Guest Book” on TBS
“The Guest Book” is a comic anthology, with curse-laden dialogue and sexually explicit storylines, centering on the various inhabitants of a single, crazy hotel room.
V.26 No.30 | 7/27/2017
A Ghost Story
Minimalist tale of life and death may be saying something, but it’s keeping awfully quiet
A Ghost Story is self-consciously arty and aggressively dull. If you cut out the scenes in which nothing moves, nothing happens and no one speaks, the entire film would be about 10 minutes long.
My Heart Will Go On ... and On
Titanic on a titanic screen, Zootopia in the park, Extraterrestre en Español and New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase deadline extended.
“Midnight, Texas” on NBC
“Midnight, Texas” is little more than an inexpensive, broadcast network carbon copy of “True Blood” but with a pulpy, comic book-y charm to its threadbare genre silliness.