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Thursday, September 3,2015

Roundup of summer 2015

This was a fine season for film

By Michael J. Casey
When it comes to cinema, there is no such thing as dilution. No matter how many times a franchise is rebooted, a classic remade or an individualistic work of art sequalized, cinema will always remain as singular and potent as those who make it..
Thursday, August 27,2015

They hung him on a cross

‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ is for the masses

By Michael J. Casey
On Sept. 10, 1991, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit the airwaves forever changing pop, punk, rap and rock while the cultural world embraced, assimilated and commoditized “Teen Spirit.” If record sales and critical acclaim have anything to say, then the message was clear: “Teen Spirit” was the revolutionary anthem the world had been waiting for.
Thursday, August 27,2015

Giddy Up

Filmmaker and former CU Film Professor, Alex Cox, returns to Boulder with the announcement of his latest film project and Indiegogo campaign, Tombstone Rashomon. This western will explore the character of Wyatt Earp and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral from five radically different perspectives.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Imbued with poetry, hindered by commerce

Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ makes it to the silver screen

By Michael J. Casey
Sfar; “On Work,” Joan Gratz; “On Eating & Drinking,” Bill Plympton; “On Love,” Tomm Moore; “On Good & Evil,” Mohammed Saeed Harib; “On Death,” Paul and GaŽtan Brizzi.
Thursday, August 13,2015

A portrait of the writers as young men

‘The End of the Tour’ offers both sides of the coin

By Michael J. Casey
David Foster Wallace is an ordinary guy. He reads obsessively, eats junk food en masse, is addicted to watching TV, wonders what it is like when Alanis Morissette eats a bologna sandwich and lives his life with a nagging feeling of emptiness.
Thursday, August 6,2015

The sickness unto death

Woody Allen perfects his ‘Irrational Man’

By Michael J. Casey
What is there left to say about Woody Allen, the 79-year-old writer/ director of 45 feature films, a dozen of them masterpieces? Better yet, what does Woody Allen have left to say? Averaging a little more than a movie a year since his inauspicious debut in 1966 (What’s Up, Tiger Lily),.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Now serving number 666

Finding truth and humor in ‘Court’

By Michael J. Casey
Is there a less desirable room to be in than a courtroom? True, courtrooms are the spaces where civility and rhetoric determines the justice of actions, but entering one is like traversing Dante’s Inferno. Justice may be served, you might even come out the victor, but getting there is a laborious and Kafkaesque process.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Brave the new world

‘Tangerine’ breaks the form wide open

By Michael J. Casey
The time has come to rewrite Jean-Luc Godard’s aphorism: “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Writer/director/cinematographer Sean Baker doesn’t even need the gun — just two transgender actresses, three iPhone 5s with fancy lenses and East Hollywood at his disposal.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Talking twinkies

‘Minions’ is better than it should be, still not great

By Ryan Syrek
The Lego Movie being somehow good ruined our ability to completely dismiss a film’s concept upon first hearing it. Who knows, maybe Minions would be infused with the same cleverness, the same all-ages wonder and fun? In the first 10 minutes, a pillshaped living Twinkie lifts a block of ice over his head, farts and then gets smushed by it. So… nevermind.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Look what the cat dragged in

‘Roar’ is a misguided masterpiece

By Michael J. Casey
All of this sets up what turns out to be one glorious train wreck from start to finish. The acting is terrible, as is the end credits song, but the genuine fear in the actor’s eyes is as real as anything you will ever see.