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Thursday, April 4,2013

Life before test screenings

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' couldn’t exist today

By Ryan Syrek
Pitching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an era of careful demographic selection and test audience input on filmmaking would ensure somebody would be going to an asylum.
Thursday, March 28,2013

You should mount ‘Olympus’

'Die Hard' got 'Air Force One' pregnant

By Ryan Syrek
The Internet says that Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt wrote the screenplay, but it’s lying. The only way it would take two people to write this is if they were stroke victims and one could only write nouns and the other could only write verbs.
Thursday, March 28,2013

A grand Bill: CU professor looks to make the biggest student film ever

By David Accomazzo
While discussing his ambitious new project — “the biggest student film of all time” — director, screenwriter and University of Colorado assistant professor Alex Cox brings up an interesting point about anti-war movies. More specifically, about the lack thereof.
Thursday, March 21,2013

Hocus poke-my-eyes-out

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' saws humor in half

By Ryan Syrek
Like a scathing satire of the Soviet Union or a mockumentary musical on grunge, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone sets its eyes on an expired target of cultural derision nobody gives a fuzzy rabbit about anymore.
Thursday, March 14,2013

That’s enough, James Franco

In 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' the hero is the villain

By Ryan Syrek
Look, James Franco must be stopped.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Exploring legacy of experimental filmmaker Brakhage

Brakhage Symposium examines late filmmaker’s influence

By Jim Lillie
No one can say for sure what the late Stan Brakhage would think of the Brakhage Center Symposium — except that he would both hate and love it.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Faint pulse praise

'Warm Bodies' is a 'tweener

By Ryan Syrek
Warm is the ultimate ’tweener temperature. It’s not “hot” or “cold”; it rejects extreme or definitive categorization. It’s the thermometer equivalent of “meh.” So, it’s fitting that writer/director Jonathon Levine’s film sports the noncommittal word as the lead in its title. Warm Bodies is completely OK. It is resplendently fine. It is immeasurably pretty good. Sadly, it really hoped to be great.
Thursday, February 28,2013

Magnifying injustice

'The House I Live In' makes a compelling case to end the drug war

By David Accomazzo
A damning statistic, familiar to those with even a minor interest in the drug boondoggle, comes early in The House I Live In: “Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost over $1 trillion and resulted in more than 45 million arrests. During that time, illegal drug use has remained unchanged.”
Thursday, February 28,2013

Hardly dying

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ ignores every word in the title

By Ryan Syrek
A Good Day to Die Hard is not Die Hard; it’s also not good and mostly takes place at night. So really, the whole title is a lie.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Restless leg syndrome

'Side Effects' will have you twitching with anxiety

By Ryan Syrek
Like Frankenstein’s monster or fans of Two Broke Girls, this film shouldn’t exist and definitely shouldn’t work. And yet, it does. Boy howdy, does it ever.
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