Elvis, James Dean and Frankenstein: Together Again!
Summertime often leaves people at a difficult crossroads: Go inside and watch a movie, or hang out in the warm outdoors? Thanks to Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, you won’t have to choose this summer. Starting Friday, June 20, the city will kick off its annual “Civic Cinema” series. Burque residents were asked to vote on which classic films they wanted to see this summer for free on Civic Plaza. The votes are in and the movies start off on a high note this weekend with Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. Upcoming films will include Vertigo (June 27), Rebel Without a Cause (July 18), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (July 25) and Young Frankenstein (Aug. 1). All movies start at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza Downtown. Bring some friends, some snacks and maybe a lawn chair.
Film Festival Preview
Talking Stick Film Festival
All-Native festival tells the "difficult stories"
She made hundreds of phone calls and sent tons of e-mails, but Talking Stick Film Festival Director Karen Dallett got what she wanted: an event where more than 100 Native stories are told.
Silly spy spoof remembers its roots
Nostalgia is a powerful tool, and it’s one of the driving forces behind the new feature film adaptation of the ’60s spy spoof TV series “Get Smart.” Rather than totally reinvent the entire show (Mission: Impossible), slavishly re-create it (The Addams Family) or completely lampoon it (The Brady Bunch Movie), the producers of this action comedy have chosen to pay tribute to the original by cramming as many in-jokes, guest cameos and familiar characters as possible. The results are far from fresh, but they are funny, fast-paced and a certified treat for longtime fans.
Bad Effects, Big Laughs
“Fat Guy Stuck in Internet” on Cartoon Network
Once again, God bless Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. Not only does the late-night roundup of adult-appealing shows give us endless hours of moronic entertainment, it also provides employment for dozens of men and women whose mothers drank way too much during pregnancy.
The Week in Sloth
“MVP” (SoapNet 9 p.m.) Were you a big fan of the British soap “Footballers Wive$”? Do you wish the show had been about hockey instead of soccer? Well, this Canadian import is the answer to your prayers. It’s got lots of bitchy backstabbing and tons of Canadian dudes in their underwear.
Camp Rock (Disney 9 p.m.) If you’ve been obsessively counting the days until the release of the next High School Musical movie in your Hannah Montana diary, then this innocuous TV movie might serve as the methadone for your tween idol habit. The Jonas Brothers (OMG!!!) star in this Disney-approved musical about some well-scrubbed teens at a rock ’n’ roll summer camp.