Scott Phillips’ locally shot horror thriller Gimme Skelter hit DVD last week and is--appropriately enough--the first release from the new Albuquerque-based DVD label Burning Paradise Entertainment. The full-feature DVD includes writer/director commentary, video blogs from the making of the film, a still gallery, a music video, a blooper reel and more.
Under the Same Moon
Sentimental drama puts a cute little face to illegal immigration
It’s fairly safe to say that Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)--with its fantastical faith in the American Dream and its saintly portrait of illegal aliens--was not made by right-wing-radio-listening, border-fence-building members of the Minuteman Project.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Rough, real and straight out of Romania
If someone started out by telling you that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a bleak drama about abortion, shot in Romania and set in the Communist era of the ’80s, you’d probably avoid it like the plague. So, instead, I’ll start out by telling you 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days captured the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, won Best Film and Best Director at the European Film Awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe and landed on numerous critics’ top 10 lists for last year. ... Now for the rough part.
Can They All Be Found Guilty?
“Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil” on Comedy Central
Comedy Central continues its successful foray into all things pseudo-real (pseudo newscast “The Daily Show,” pseudo pundit program “The Colbert Report”) with a pseudo judge show starring apoplectic curmudgeon Lewis Black.
The Week in Sloth
“NCAA Basketball Championship” (KRQE-13 5 p.m.) The first round has started. Basketball fans are ordered to report to the nearest sports bar for a marathon of regional rivalry and hot wings.
“I Know My Kid’s a Star” (VH1 8 p.m.) Former child star, current freakazoid, Danny Bonaduce hosts this reality show competition for kids. ... Might as well crush those egos early.
“That Mitchell and Webb Look” (BBC America, 7:20 p.m.) Comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb (best known for their work on “Peep Show”) gift us with another season of their sketch comedy show.