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.
Televised tidbits from around the dial
Coming up on TV is the pre-Batman lore of "Pennyworth," Dracula, “Breeders" and the return of "Veronica Mars."
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.
Fall’s biggest loser is …
What in the new TV season is stinking up the airwaves? What could the first casualty of fall 2018 be?
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.
The Doctor Is In
“Doctor Who” on BBC America
Legions of “Doctor Who” fans are waiting in something between eager anticipation and deep trepidation for Season 11 of their favorite sci-fi show to return. The source of this uncertainty is the fact that the BBC is giving “Doctor Who” its biggest reboot in series history, recasting its main character as a woman.
V.27 No.39 | 9/27/2018
Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song
Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.
Check out No Small Matter, The Joy Luck Club, Bless Me, Ultima and "The Power of Story."
“God Friended Me” on CBS
There’s nothing remotely original going on in "God Friended Me", a low-blood-pressure, middle-of-the-road, mainstream-American effort where every flavorless moment feels recycled from other supernatural procedurals.