V.29 No.27 | 7/2/2020
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Artemis Fowl on Disney+
Despite its literary history, Artemis Fowl reads like a generic mash-up of mystical YA series Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (with a dash of Men In Black for good measure).
V.29 No.26 | 6/25/2020
Networks cancel police cam shows
Social change, driven by the massive wave of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, has resulted in the cancellation of a pair of popular docu-reality TV shows about police.
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.