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Thursday, January 8,2015

L'enfant du cinema

One night with Leos Carax

By Michael J. Casey
A director only makes one movie in his life,” said filmmaker Jean Renoir. “Then he breaks it up and makes it again.”  That quote applies to many who step behind the camera, but fits few quite as snuggly as it does the enigmatic child of cinema, the French auteur, Leos Carax. Carax was born Alexander Dupont — his stage name is an anagram of “Alex&r...
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Love in all the wrong places

‘Copenhagen’ just a diversion

By Michael J. Casey
William (Gethin Anthony) is 28, loud, abrasive and generally unpleasant to be around. He yells, swears, leers, drinks too much and thinks too little. He is your typical obnoxious American abroad, both to the fine people of Demark and to his two traveling companions.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Children of the night

Iranian New Wave meets vampire stories in ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

By Michael J. Casey
Instead, their bodies are pushed into a ravine in the middle of town, one that is starting crowded. It’s business as usual in Bad City. or not Arash (Arash Marandi) The or what she is capable of — doesn’t really matter. He is attracted to her. Attracted in that distant, cool, blue jean, James Dean, let’s-just-listen-to-the-music, kind of way.
Thursday, December 18,2014

Five unforgettable films from a master

‘Mike Nichols: Remembered’ rekindles work of a revolutionary

By Michael J. Casey
Nichols died earlier this year, on Nov. 19, 13 days after his 83rd birthday. Moviegoers reflected on the work the man made in his roughly 40-year career — not to mention his award-winning work on the stage and comedy routines with Elaine May.
Thursday, December 11,2014


ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE This feature-length film reveals what it is like to live and work at the bottom of the planet, in Antarctica, for a full year. The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but of the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the stations running in the harshest place on the planet.
Thursday, December 11,2014

‘The world’s biggest student film’

CU brings ‘Bill, the Galactic Hero’ to the screen

By Michael J. Casey
French critic and filmmaker François Truffaut famously pointed out that it was impossible to make an anti-war movie because, “to show something is to ennoble it.” Cox and company subvert this dilemma by making combat sloppy and comical.
Thursday, December 11,2014


In 2006 when the International Astronomical Union created an official definition for planet, Pluto came up short. Pluto meets two of three conditions for an object to be considered a planet; First, it is an object in orbit around the Sun. Second, it has enough mass to be a sphere by its own gravitational force.
Thursday, December 4,2014

A portrait of the president as a young man

Abraham Lincoln and ‘The Better Angels’

By Michael J. Casey
The story of the Great Emancipator began on February 12, 1809 when Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas and Nancy Hanks in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. A few years later, the Lincolns left Kentucky, crossed the Ohio River to non-slave territory in Indiana and set up a farm.
Thursday, December 4,2014


Century Boulder will be streaming a live RiffTrax performance from Nashville where the lads will skewer the bejeezus out of Santa Claus, a dubbed 1959 Mexican film about Saint Courtesy of RiffTrax Nick doing battle with Lucifer in outer space. So nothing ripe for parody there.
Monday, December 1,2014

You’re gonna go far, kid

Missy Franklin & ‘Touch the Wall’

By Michael J. Casey
Two years ago, Missy Franklin — a swimmer from Centennial, Colo. – caught the attention of the Olympic world. The freshfaced phenom became the first female to qualify for seven Olympic events and ended up collecting one bronze and four gold medals, and setting two world records.