V.27 No.47 | 11/22/2018
New Mexico Film Foundation wants filmmakers to take their survey and Jon Moritsugu is teaching a two-day filmmaking crash course. Imus Ranch will become the home studio for Rural Media Group’s RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel.
V.27 No.46 | 11/15/2018
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
You’re a mediocre one, Mr. Grinch
With nothing fresh or original or particularly clever to add to what already exists, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is like that Christmas sweater you get every year from your aunt.
The Reel Rock Film Tour and Pueblo Film Fest happen this week, and Fake News: Journalism in Film concludes with All the President’s Men.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
F is for Fraudulence
When you look at it in a certain light, all authors are liars, but there’s also something rebellious and cheeky about it and it’s this morally ambiguous middle-ground that Can You Ever Forgive Me? finds so fertile.
Stand and Deliver
New Mexico filmmakers show shorts and trailers and there are free screenings of A Place to Stand and Osimi. Physicist and mathematician Dave Thomas presents examples of “scientific animation”—that is, computer-generated movies to illustrate complex phenomena, optical illusions and more.
V.27 No.44 | 11/1/2018
Remake of cult horror classic engages in mesmerizing, confounding dance of death
Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is ravishing, challenging, dark, erotic, gruesome, punishing and pretentious all at once—the sort of film that neatly divides audiences into “didn’t get it” and “gotta see it again to figure it all out” camps.
Another One Bites the …
See Coco, go to the Spooktacular Night“mare” at the Museum or see Bohemian Rhapsody with Rhapsody Bohemian Pilsner and an I’m Just a Po’ Boy Steak Sandwich. Oh, and the Las Cruces International Film Festival submission deadline is here.
V.27 No.43 | 10/25/2018
Familiar fright film comes out slashing
Halloween has got energy, style, a couple of fresh ideas and a bunch of gruesome murders. It’s good, all right; but it’s not great. Should it be? Does it have to be?
The Silent Treatment
Among this week's terrors are the The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Practical Magic, Bad Clowns and the Haunted KiMo Tour.
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson
Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
See Shattered Glass or “Breaking Bad ABQ&A: An Evening With Vince Gilligan” with discussion, Christiana: 40 Years of Occupation or many of the offerings at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun
Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount
The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
See Coco or “Villains and Monsters" and go to the Way OUT West Film Festival. And if you think you pass for a “high school-looking" then some TV producers might like to hire you.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
A Star is Born
A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama
This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.
Stories of Humanity
This week: Humanity on the Move film series comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre; Heritage Farm at ABQ Biopark hosts its first-ever movie night, and it’s Hotel Transylvania at the Central and Unser Library.