Film & TV
 Alibi V.15 No.49 • Dec 7-13, 2006 
Astronaut Farmer   starring Billy Bob Thornton plays Thursday, Dec. 7, at the DeVargas Theater.

Film Festival Preview

The Stars Shine in SF

The 2006 Santa Fe Film Festival

At this point, New Mexico had better get good and used to its relationship with Hollywood. Because right now--with Steven Seagal shooting a movie near UNM, the Terminator TV spin-off “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” getting underway and a $70 million film studio being built on Mesa del Sol--it shows no signs of slowing down. As a result of this burgeoning relationship, it’s no surprise to see the Santa Fe Film Festival bursting at the seams for its seventh annual incarnation.

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“And her’s a little song I wrote called ‘@#&* Her Gently.’”

Film Review

The Holiday

Cute romantic comedy manages to do a few things right

It’s no secret to more than casual observers that the mainstream Hollywood romantic comedy genre ran off the rails more than a decade ago, and has done little but spin its wheels in the intervening years. Some dedicated romantic cynics calculate that 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle was the last great RomCom Hollywood produced. Looking over the past few years’ worth of offerings--Picture Perfect, Serendipity, Maid In Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, Sweet Home Alabama, Little Black Book, The Break-Up, Just My Luck, Failure To Launch, et al--it’s hard to argue.

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Idiot Box

The Real Deal

“Ninja Warrior” on G4

When, oh when, will America learn the valuable lesson imparted to us by Japanese game shows? While America blindly accepts and even celebrates dull crap like “Deal or No Deal” (the TV equivalent of Keno), Japan pumps out inexplicably brilliant game shows that simultaneously puzzle, terrify and delight. We get “pick a number between 1 and 26” and they get “Fear Factor” crossed with “Super Sloppy Double Dare” and a random Bollywood musical.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Thursday 7

“My Name is Earl” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) Tonight’s Thursday night comedy lineup features this two-part episode in which Earl and Randy travel to Mexico after accidentally getting Catalina deported. John Leguizamo guest stars.

Friday 8

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) To refresh your memory: Burl Ives as a singing snowman, a tooth-loving elf name Hermey, the Island of Misfit Toys and the Abominable Snowman.

Re-Animated (Cartoon Network 9 p.m.) CN’s first feature film to mix live-action and animation finds young Jimmy Roberts (Dominic Janes, “ER”) involved in a freak accident at the Gollyworld theme park. Naturally, he’s given the frozen brain of the theme park’s Walt Disney-esque creator, Milt Appleday (Fred Willard). Following this questionable cranial transplant, Jimmy can see the entire cast of Appleday’s cartoons come to life in the real world. Paul Reubens, Tom Kenny, Ellen Greene and Brian Posehn voice the animated characters.

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