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Thursday, December 18,2014

Happy, little clouded

‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ brushes greatness

By Ryan Syrek
Writer/director Isao Takahata adapts a Japanese folktale called “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.” While unsurprisingly out cutting bamboo, the Bamboo Cutter discovers a surprise inside of one stalk: a tiny fairy creature that turns into a baby. Just go with it.
Thursday, December 18,2014

An independent fit for Boulder

Alex Cox on ‘Bill, the Galactic Hero’ and the future of independent cinema

By Michael J. Casey
The recession put an end to that and with no money coming in from licensing, Cox — who just celebrated his 60th birthday on Dec. 15 — heard the words every artist has heard at least once: “My wife [Tod Davies, herself a writer and producer] said,.
Thursday, December 11,2014

No big bang

But ‘The Theory of Everything’ has good things

By Natalie Doering
Then comes Hawking’s ALS diagnosis... As with the rest of the film, writer Anthony McCarten doesn’t turn things into disability pornography. Previous scenes serve as building blocks to garner sympathy, but characters are allowed to express genuine feelings.
Thursday, December 4,2014

News-sploitation

‘Nightcrawler’ is a character-based crime porn indictment

By Ryan Syrek
The film wastes no time in telling us that we are to despise this man, who will do whatever he needs to in order to succeed. He is harassed by a security guard as he is stealing copper and wire, sees that the guard has a nice watch and beats him and takes it.
Thursday, December 4,2014

From flood to film

Jake Fink looks to revitalize with the Lyons Film Festival

By Michael J. Casey
Fink spent 15 years as a journeyman on film sets, starting out as a production assistant in New York City, before moving on to work for the NHL. A project on alien abduction got Fink out of New York and brought him to Arizona, where the warm desert air hooked him.
Monday, December 1,2014

Leni Riefen-stalling

‘Mockingjay’ mocks propaganda

By Ryan Syrek
Because Katniss sucks at acting, they send her into the field accompanied by a director, Cressida (Natalie Dormer), and cameramen.
Monday, December 1,2014

REDFORD

The 1,450-mile Colorado River passes through seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. It is vital for generating energy, agricultural production and the lives of over 30 million people. But growing demands on the river are putting the southwestern region of North America Redford Center and Content Films at risk.
Thursday, November 20,2014

What we talk about when we talk about ‘Birdman’

By Ryan Syrek
Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, the washed-up former star of “Birdman,” a blatant Batman analog. After years spent squandering his celebrity, Riggan is a fame junkie trying to get his fix of public adoration and respect.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Awful, not full of awe

‘Interstellar’ is stunning…ly bad

By Ryan Syrek
Cooper follows said coordinates and discovers a secret NASA facility that intends to shoot a spaceship into a wormhole to find a planet that can sustain humanity. The leader, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), asks Cooper to pilot the ship, accompanied by three other astronauts, including Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), the professor’s daughter.
Thursday, November 13,2014

The more things change...

‘Do the Right Thing’ 25 years later

By Michael J. Casey
This past summer’s headlines out of Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner in New York, make it clear that the events the film depicts on a hot summer day in Brooklyn in 1989 remain a sad, cruel reality for many black men in 2014.
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