V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Artistic biopic revels in surface details
Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
This week, see La Novia or Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni; go to a talk about production assistants.
Back From the Dead
“Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC
Reset, restaffed and injected with a long-overdue sense of humor, “Fear the Walking Dead” now feels like a dusty undead Western and it might actually be the jolt of zesty ranch flavor this show’s bland mix of rotting corpses and bad decisions has been needing.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy
Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly
Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.
Fade to Black
See Black Materials Experiments in Cinema, Holocaust survivor shorts or a documentary about the Pajarito Mesa community.
That Sinking Feeling
“The Terror” on AMC
“The Terror” is a judicious balance of white-knuckle survival horror and classic historical drama.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs
Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey
Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
NMFF presents “The Business of Film” seminar. Or go see The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Zydeco Breakfast or Big Trouble in Little China.
Tidbits from around the dial
Catch-22, The Purge and Gormenghast all to get TV adaptations.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin
Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire
The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.
On the Border
Submit your short or feature to the Borderlands Film Festival, see a César Chávez documentary for free or go to the Ready Player One special screening with art show.
Easter Around the Dial
Once you’ve knocked out the basics, what is there left to do on this holy holiday? You know the answer to that, and it involves a television.