V.29 No.14 | 4/2/2020
Tiger King Is A Quarantine Must-Watch
Tiger documentary is Meth Fueled Madness
Maybe you’ve had a friend tell you that you’ve got to see it and they can’t tell you why. Maybe seeing Joe Exotic literally everywhere has piqued your interest enough to just lose a whole work day of viewing time to see what the mullet is about. Here’s why you need to watch Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
V.29 No.13 | 3/26/2020
Global pandemic changes cinema scene
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has closed movie theaters nationwide and forced the ailing film industry into a premature coma, but Hollywood isn’t about to give up all its profits. Studios have rushed to get their films in front of viewers by collapsing the traditional theatrical/home window.
Albuquerque’s locally owned arthouse theater Guild Cinema has hooked up with a number of distributors who are now providing “theatrical at home” screenings. And owner Keif Henley has come up with a novel way to fill its movie poster boxes, offering them to “local graphic artists, weirdo picture makers, wack imagesters and the like.”
V.29 No.12 | 3/19/2020
Netflix and Chill (Seriously Chill)
TV is here for you
Thanks to COVID-19, we're staying home from our jobs, maintaining proper “social distance” and avoiding large gatherings. This leaves us with a lot of time on our hands. Once you’ve sanitized the bathroom and alphabetized your hoarded disaster supplies, what is there left to do? The entertainment industry has already responded to our plight, delivering TV like a USAID airdrop on a war-torn nation.
V.29 No.11 | 3/12/2020
Arty reimagining of Peter Pan grows up fast
Wendy is a fantastical and wholly original work of art but its mixture of gritty, down-to-earth realism and dreamy childhood reverie are two strong flavors that aren’t always easy to swallow together. If you prefer your fairy tales fractured, however, Wendy definitely fits the bill.
Buster + Beer
This week there's the GRAL Brothers, My Beautiful Stutter, The Boondock Saints party and screening, A Nightmare on Elm Street and “Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Oppression.”
Mama Drama Hits Hulu
“Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu
It’s clear that the dramatic stakes on “Little Fires Everywhere” are rather low. Those looking to find a substitute for their hardcore “Big Little Lies” addiction aren’t likely to be completely fulfilled by this nicotine patch of a show.
V.29 No.10 | 3/5/2020
Steve Coogan fiddles while Rome burns in broad satire
Greed has definite moments of pointed humor, but the target of the film’s humor and outrage is just too broad. We don’t need a comedy to tell us the Kardashians are stupid or a drama to tell us that billionaires don’t care about the 99 percent.
Casting the Net
Vote in Marvel March Madness and see "¡Colores!" documentaries about prominent New Mexico women. Actors, get your foot in the door at an open casting call for a Netflix series that will be shooting in Albuquerque and then go to the Performers Forum the next day.
Streaming TV Dead Pool
Will DC Universe be first to fail?
DC Universe may not be dead, but its future looks awfully bleak.
V.29 No.9 | 2/27/2020
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Why, God, why?
The guys in Impractical Jokers: The Movie are clearly having some stupid fun. Unlike the Coronavirus, however, the fun is not all that infectious.