If you're like me, you dread winter at the cinema. Oh, which movie should I choose to see, a dreadful animated movie made just for the merchandise sales that Christmas, or Reese Witherspoon kissing someone in the snow?
Well fear not dear readers, for I have searched high and low to bring you some of the most exciting and original cinematic events of the season, and I'm not asking for anything from you in return (please send all gifts to the magazine's main office).
Starting strong with a personal favorite, The Guild is showing a remastered print of Fritz Lang's famous Metropolis on November the 11th and 12th at 11pm. A warning to fans of the original, this is the 1984 reissue with Giorgione Moroder's contemporary score, with songs by such famous names as Freddie Mercury and Adam Ant, so it might not be to the likings of the traditionalists.
For those who don't already know, Metropolis is one of the first great sci-fi films, set in a dystopian future where society has been divided into two extreme classes; the managers who live in tall luxury skyscrapers, and the workers who live below. It reflects the worries of capitalism at the time, and one could argue, now.
Sticking with The Guild, on November the 12th at 6pm and 8pm, Albuquerque-based drag troupe 'The Dolls' present their spoof-and-filth-filled comedy musical Malice In Wonderland.
I review this movie in this month's copy of the magazine, so look there for more details, but suffice to say, if you enjoy naughty musical comedies like The Rocky Horror Show, then you will love this innuendo-filled romp through a hand-drawn background to attend the Red Queen's orgy.
Over at the KiMo, also on the 12th at 8pm is Kyuketsu (Sanguivorous), a silent Japanese film. It tells the story of a young Japanese woman who is constantly finding herself feeling very ill, as though malnourished. She discovers that her ancestors were vampires, and that it is getting harder and harder to not see her boyfriend as a meal.
For anyone not already sold on this hidden gem, it will be presented with a live jazz accompaniment, so enjoy the perfect blend of aural and visual entertainment.
We're off to the opera! On the 29th of October, The Metropolitan Opera performed Mozart's Don Giovanni live, simulcast to cinemas all over the world, and on November the 16th, the event is to be shown again at all Cinemark theaters for anyone who missed it the first time.
Directed by Tony Award-winning Michael Grandage and conducted by the truly great James Levine, this classic tells the story of the drunken salacious Don Giovanni, and how his life of debauchery and corruption leads to his downfall.
To any newcomers to the opera, this is the perfect show to get you hooked, but I should warn you, it starts at 6:30pm, and you'll be lucky to be out before 11pm, so make sure to prepare ahead of time. I recommend trail mix, two espressos and a cushion!
Heading back to The Guild (which is fast becoming one of my favorite places in Albuquerque) for November the 18th and 19th with a special treat for all you sickos. Human Centipede 2 : Full Sequence will be haunting your dreams at 10pm and midnight, and anyone who knows the first film will realize that I am understating. I think Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman summed it up perfectly when he said that the movie "would have the Marquis De Sade gagging into his popcorn". It got banned in England for goodness sake! Do you know the stuff we ALLOW out there? All I can say is that this triumph of gore deserves a watch from those with the strongest stomachs, purely for the sake of morbid curiosity.
Something a little bit cheerier to celebrate over the festive week, still at The Guild, there will be a whole week of Marilyn Monroe to enjoy. From December the 23rd to the 30th, you can see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, How To Marry A Millionaire, Let's Make Love and The Misfits.
I suppose if you only have time for one, then I'd have to recommend The Misfits. It's not one of her best-known movies, but I just love it. I do, however, strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can, if anything just because you may never have a chance to see them on the big screen again.
I've avoided giving you the specific dates for each showing as it would be a long and very confusing paragraph so I invite you to check on The Guild's website, www.guild cinema.com.
So there you go. Now I don't want to hear any complaints that you are stuck with the usual dross this winter, because there are some of the most unique cinematic experiences right on your doorstep. Isn't this city wonderful?
Dominic Wingfield is a British journalist and novelist who lives in Albuquerque with his wife and their rats, Yahoo and Firefox.