Dying Is Good
Filmmaker Justin Evans’ locally shot action film A Lonely Place For Dying just nabbed an award for Best Stunts at the Maverick Movie Awards. The MMAs are awarded to outstanding independent/underground movies with “a sense of style, a foundation in craft and the power to communicate.” Albuquerque stuntman Kurly Tlapoyawa (an occasional Alibi contributor) served as the film’s stunt coordinator and says he was honored to get the award. “It just goes to show that the quality films being shot in New Mexico right now are locally made, independent films,” says Tlapoyawa, “far removed from the Hollywood system that everyone seems to be so enamored with.” A Lonely Place For Dying will screen at the upcoming TromaDance New Mexico film festival, which runs from Dec. 10 through 12 at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill.
When is a biopic not a biopic?
Actor James Franco had an interesting 2010. To say the least. He played a perverted, pillow-loving version of himself on “30 Rock.” He joined the cast of a soap opera for a while. He stars in this fall’s Oscar-baiting feature 127 Hours—in which he plays the rock climber who amputated his own arm with a pocket knife. Within the last week, Franco was named co-host of next year’s Oscar telecast. And now he pops up in Howl, a multimedia independent biopic about Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.
“Bridalplasty” on E!
I’ve had a good hard think, and I’ve come to the conclusion that E! hates women. And not in the casual way that television in general hates women, homosexuals and minorities. No, I’m pretty sure E! is part of an organized misogynist conspiracy to drag down the female gender. How else to explain the network’s lineup, which runs the gamut from reality shows about skanky gold-diggers (“Married to Rock”) to reality shows about do-nothing celebutards (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”).
The Week in Sloth
The Santa Suit (Hallmark 6 p.m.) A corporate bigwig (former Hercules Kevin Sorbo) learns some sort of valuable holiday lesson when Santa transforms him into a chubby, bearded look-alike. ... Oh, Hallmark, where would we be without your sappy seasonal moralizing?
“Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” (History 8 p.m.) Novelist, comic book writer and history buff Brad Meltzer uncovers a bunch of Dan Brown-style mumbo jumbo. What hidden messages are behind the Statue of Liberty? What secret symbols are carved into the White House cornerstone? Do the new Lincoln pennies hint at an impending alien invasion? ... I made that last one up. ... Or did I?