V.26 No.50 | 12/14/2017
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.
Shoot Yer Eye Out
A Christmas Story screens, Phil Duran teaches police tactics for actors and Albuquerque’s homegrown anime convention returns.
“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!”
V.26 No.49 | 12/7/2017
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.
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.
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.
V.26 No.48 | 11/30/2017
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.
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.
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.
V.26 No.47 | 11/23/2017
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.
Win Some Jedi History
Revenge of the Jedi poster raffle, The Road at the KiMo and Las Cruces wants your film.
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.