Alibi V.17 No.42 • Oct 16-22, 2008 
Reel World

Reel World

Duly Noted

Thursday, Oct. 16, is the last night to catch the limited-release digital screening of Viz Pictures’ anime-to-live-action sequel Death Note II: The Last Note. It’s showing locally at Cottonwood Starport and Century Downtown starting at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so grab your tickets right away by visiting

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Film Interview

Get Real

An interview with Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh

Jumping out of the British theater scene in 1970 with his first film, Bleak Moments, Mike Leigh joined a loose group of social realist filmmakers emerging in England. Chronicling ordinary lives in near-documentary style, Leigh developed a unique writing/directing method over the years. His films (1993’s Naked, 1996’s Secrets & Lies, 1999’s Topsy-Turvy, 2004’s Oscar-winning Vera Drake among them) often involve long, improvisational rehearsals with actors, slowly building characters, relationships and situations before a single frame of film is shot.

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Film Review

I Served the King of England

Whimsical Slovakian history lesson lives to serve

An uncategorizable but irresistible bit of whimsy from the Czech Republic, I Served the King of England rewinds its way through several decades of Eastern Europe’s political and social history as seen through the eyes of one single-minded service industry professional.

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Idiot Box

Crash and Burn

“Crash” on Starz

Albuquerque is certainly well-represented this television season, with no less than three weekly series shooting here in town: AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” The CW’s “Easy Money” and the soon-to-premiere Starz series “Crash.”

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 16

“The Fabulous Life of ...” (VH1 7 p.m.) Tonight’s topic: “The Nerdiest Nerds.” That’s a bold statement. I’m thinking, in order to fall into that superlative category, you need to have all your dead relatives stuffed and dressed as characters from The Lord of the Rings for use in a life-sized chess set. Because at “Nerdiest Nerd” level, that collectable DVD set of “Land of the Lost” ain’t gonna cut it.

Friday 17

“Real Simple. Real Life.” (TLC 5 p.m.) The glossy household-hints magazine lands a makeover show. Each week, host Kit Hoover helps harried moms with fashion, makeup, design, organization, food, fitness, finance and career. Basically, if you’re incapable of living your life, this show will straighten you out, you pathetic suckbag.

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