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 fathomevents.com.
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.
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.
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.”
The Week in Sloth
“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.
“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.