The Albuquerque Film Festival survived its sophomore outing this past weekend, and by all indications it was an extremely successful second year.
Going the Distance
Romantic comedy about long-distance relationships comes up short
It’s common knowledge that you don’t go into a restaurant 10 minutes before closing time—odds are you’re gonna get served warmed-up leftovers, end-pieces and floor sweepings by people who just wanna go home already. The same is true, more or less, of the film industry. By September, the general population is back at school/work, the vacation funds have dried up and box office receipts have plunged precipitously. As a result, you aren’t gonna see a bunch of $100 million blockbusters hitting the local cineplex this time of year. The action movies, horror flicks and romantic comedies you’re getting from now until Thanksgiving are all gonna be strictly C-grade material.
“Regular Show” on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block has become so crowded with live-action series (“Children’s Hospital,” “Look Around You,” “The Mighty Boosh,” “Delocated”) that it’s getting to be a treat to see an actual cartoon. Thankfully, CN is adding a couple of major new animated shows this month with the cartoon spin-off of MAD Magazine (called, simply, “MAD”) and the ironically titled “Regular Show.”
The Week in Sloth
“Futurama” (Comedy Central 11 p.m.) Matt Groening’s newly returned sci-fi toon closes out it sixth season with its 100th episode (nice timing). It seems the mutants are revolting, and the members of Devo are getting animated as the special guest stars. It’s a beautiful world, indeed.