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Not everyone moves to Taos lock, stock and barrel after an inspired visit or two. For some, the journey emerges over many years in a delicate balance of career, family and geography.
On Thursday (Aug. 5) from 4-6 p.m. there is an opening reception in the Encore Gallery at Taos Center for the Arts (TCA), 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte for "Fleeting," an exhibit of work by artist Marise Riddell who lives in McLean, Virginia, and maintains a studio and home in Taos.
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I want you to watch this film without knowing a whole lot about it.
The reason is because so many movies telegraph their plot via trailers, teasers riddling the web and TV, stars blabbing about it on late night talk shows, and ads that virtually leave nothing to the imagination once you walk into the theater and sit down with your favorite popcorn and drink.
Instead of thinking to yourself, “surprise me,” you await the lights to go down and expect those already saturated expectations of yours to be vastly exceeded. Most times, if that’s the way you see it, you’ll notice every conventional flaw and twist coming from a mile away, and by the end, all you’ll say is, “meh.”
M. Night Shyamalan, he of the too-often maligned plot twist modus operandi, adapts for the second time in his career a story he didn’t concoct himself. This one is based on a graphic novel titled “Sandcastle” by Frederick Peeters. It’s about … nah, see? You almost got me.
Best seen on the big screen, this hybrid live-action, 2D and simulated 3D action comedy follows in the footsteps of its predecessor from 25 years ago. While that movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan in an adventure that took him to outer space, this film dives into the inner space of cyber reality with another b-ball great, LeBron James.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the movie’s sentiment focuses on the relationship between LeBron and his family, mainly the tension between the superstar’s drive to succeed as an athlete and how it affects the hopes and dreams of his son Dom (Cedric Joe). Incidentally, LeBron’s real life family — wife Savannah and children Bryce, Bronny, and Zhuri — are portrayed as fictionalized versions by Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah, Cedric Joe as Dominic “Dom” and Ceyair J. Wright as Xosha.
We have a lot for which to thank Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also known as Questlove, because if it wasn’t for his dedication and love of soul music we might not be dancing around our living rooms to the magic of major artists such as Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and so much more. That’s the joy he brings to the big screen in a new documentary titled “Summer of Soul,” showing at the Taos Community Auditorium.
In a few years there may be a crop of filmmakers and astrophysicists who found the magic of storytelling with film in a Taos classroom. This summer a group of fourth and fifth graders alongside a local filmmaker and seasoned theater veteran came together and made a movie based on the pan-Hellenic myth of Jason and the Argonauts.
The production/mentorship team included Karen Thibodeau (she adapted the script) director of Taos Children's Theatre (TCT), Nikki Cane coordinator of the after school program at Enos Garcia Elementary (Enos), and filmmaker Kiki Shatki supported by True Kids 1, a media-literacy and training nonprofit for students in grades K-12, who "promote digital leadership and open career paths for kids."
There’s a scene in “F9: The Fast Saga” when Tej (Ludacris) tells his buddy Roman (Tyrese Gibson) that as long as they obey the laws of physics everything will be all right. Normally, that would be good advice, but we’re talking about the latest in the “Fast and Furious” franchise which gleefully tosses those laws to the stars as its high octane plot smashes and crashes its way into theaters once again.
The following films showing at the TCA: Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Whale Rider (2002) and Varda by Agnès, showing at the TCA, are also reviewed.
'In Taos, the sky is my ocean and the clouds my waves," said artist Norlynne Coar.
These are the words of a woman who has traveled the world, dipped her toes in its many seas, marveled at its many wonders, and returned again and again to be home in Northern New Mexico. This weekend, Coar opens the door to let you peek inside her remarkable life at her solo exhibition entitled "Norlynne Coar: UNFRAMED."
Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) just can’t catch a break. The professional bodyguard who lost his AAA-rating in the previous film is now in therapy to deal with this tremendous blow to his ego, largely the result of his association with the hitman he ostensibly was protecting, one Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). When Kincaid’s wife, the notorious con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), asks for his help, how can he refuse?