V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019
Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places
Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.
Submit to the State
See A League of Their Own on the big screen; film and TV sets need medics (not just people who play them) and it's time for local residents to submit films for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase; learn how to join the union for professional film technicians working “below the line” on TV and movie productions.
“Love, Death + Robots”
No Kids “Zone”
“Love, Death + Robots is “adult” in the sense that it’s super violent, loaded with cuss words and shows lots and lots of boobies. If you’re looking for an antecedent, it’s like Heavy Metal, but with less of the arty European fantasy stuff and more old-fashioned American exploitation.
V.28 No.11 | 3/14/2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller
Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.
This week there's the New Mexico Actors Showcase and screenings of Dinner at Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Funny Fest is looking for people and KiMo Theatre is offering guided tours.
“Shrill” on Hulu
“Shrill” balances its amusing pop cultural observations with some harsh realities about how cruel we can be—both to others and, ultimately, to ourselves.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
Gaspar Noé gets down with his bad self in one freaky acid trip
Half Bob Fosse and half Marquis de Sade, Climax will be a torture test for the average moviegoer. But for those in the market for something unshakably original, this is one very bad trip you might want to check out for yourself.
This festy week has the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the March Indie Screening, CatVideoFest 2019 and the Italian Film & Culture Festival.
Tidbits from around the dial
CBS All Access is shaping up as the classic sci-fi lovers channel; Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen to adapt T.C. Boyle’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel The Tortilla Curtain; Netflix is reviving childhood fave “The Baby-Sitters Club"; Disney’s proprietary streaming service will launch with “Book of Enchantment.”
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
Never Look Away
German director examines the war of art
As an Oscar-nominated epic conflating art and history, Never Look Away is impressive in size and scope, but shortcuts keep this film from being a penetrating, nuanced work.
Work Hard, Play Hard
This week in Albuquerque you should see two PBS “¡COLORES!” documentaries or 9 to 5 on a big screen. Up in Santa Fe there's The Providers and the “NMFF Indie Screening."
Live and Let Spy
“Whiskey Cavalier” on ABC
"Whiskey Cavalier" is exactly what you’d get if you crammed a bunch of “Moonlighting” scripts and a couple of Roger Moore era James Bond movies into a blender and filmed the slurry that plopped out after a quick purée.