Film and Media Day 2011
Every year some state legislator from outside the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area proposes some bill to end the tax rebate program that’s fueling the film industry here in Albuquerque. You can’t really blame them. Few films are shot outside the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. As a result, few of our smaller communities see much tangible economic impact. Nonetheless, every year, the proposal gets shot down.
Magician does a long, slow disappearing act in melancholy animated fable
There’s a major David and Goliath matchup in this year’s Oscar race. Wedged between multimillion-dollar, 3-D computer-animated films How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3 in the Animated Feature category is the humble, hand-illustrated French film The Illusionist. The film is director Sylvain Chomet’s long-awaited follow up to his 2003 charmer The Triplets of Belleville.
30 Seconds to Cars
Super Bowl ads 2011
What did we learn from this year’s Super Bowl, class? That turnovers are key to the game. That Christina Aguilera doesn’t know the words to the national anthem. That the Black Eyed Peas sound like ass outside of a studio. That the economy has obviously affected major advertising.
The Week in Sloth
“30 Rock” (KOB-4 9 p.m.) Matt Damon and Elizabeth Banks return as the romantic interests of Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, respectively.
“Auction Packed” (National Geographic 7 p.m.) Reason No. 1 I wish I was a network programming executive: Take the name of any currently popular reality show, change the title slightly, job done. (See for reference: “Hoarders”/“Hoarding: Buried Alive”/“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” or “Auction Kings”/“Auction Hunters”/“Auctioneer$” and now this thing.)