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Thursday, October 1,2015

No longer man’s best friend

Rise of the oppressed in ‘White God’

By Michael J. Casey
Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó offers up this tension in three forms: a divorced father and his pubescent daughter; that daughter and her elders; and between man and animal. Each relationship is one of controller and controlled, and each conflict comes from the controlled bucking the system.
Thursday, September 24,2015

Saludos amigos

CineLatino celebrates cinema to the south

By Michael J. Casey
Hired to transport a torpedo filled with cocaine up the Colombian coast, Jacobo (Jarlin Javier Martinez) and Delio (Cristian James Abvincula) reconnect as director Josef Wladyka juxtaposes the horrors and violence of the drug trade with the...
Thursday, September 17,2015

Forget the stars, aim for right here

The Small Star Seminar comes to IFS

By Michael J. Casey
The message has tiny hints of pessimism, but McAbee’s ultimate aim isn’t bleak. On the contrary, the Small Star Seminar is an uplifting and exciting approach to independent filmmaking. And Colorado residents will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor.
Thursday, September 10,2015

Cinema verboten

Germany confronts its painful past

By Michael J. Casey
Between 1933 and 1945, Germany’s Third Reich produced 1,200 feature films, of which 300 were labeled propaganda by the Allies and banned from public screenings and distribution following the war. To this day, restrictions on 40 of these titles are still in place.
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 Gaëtan 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),.