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Thursday, May 28,2015

Make way for yesterday

Silent cinema is going strong at Chautauqua Auditorium

By Michael J. Casey
The movies started small. So small that only one person at a time could watch them. The year was 1892, and Thomas Edison and his colleague William Kennedy Laurie Dickson discovered that if you spun sequential photographs in a small box, you could create the illusion of movement. Edison called them Kinetoscopes, and these viewing booths were the iPhones of their day, a private experience where patrons paid to watch short movies of a giddy girl kissing a mustachioed man, of a dancer swirling her dress and of a weightlifter flexing his muscles.
Thursday, May 21,2015

Men ruin everything

Yes, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is as good as you’ve heard%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
This isn’t to say that the film isn’t speaking volumes. Hell, it’s not even speaking: it’s shouting and screaming over a wailing guitar riff. The brides scrawl graffiti in the dungeon they escaped, reading “We are not things” and “Who killed the world?” The latter has a clear answer: Dudes.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Sodium eyewater

‘The Salt of the Earth’ swims in human suffering

By Ryan Syrek
The last one, “Genesis,” is beautiful and moving. It ties in to Salgado and Wanick’s Institutio Terra, which is a restoration of part of a rainforest that began in the 1990s. Yeah, they rebuilt a rainforest, in case you feel like recycling is a bit too much effort on your part to save the planet.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Are you not entertained?!

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is a joyous spectacle

By Ryan Syrek
Another epic tale about incredibly powerful beings fighting against one another with melodramatic overtones? Ugh.
Thursday, May 7,2015


Hot patootie, bless my soul! With six months until Halloween, the Boulder Theater is gearing up for the holiday with the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. As per tradition, along with the screening enjoy a performance by shadowcast Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient, which has been performing in Denver since 2000.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Let’s not be gods

‘Ex Machina’ is a thoughtful thriller%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
This is in stark contrast to the muted Caleb, a painfully shy nice dude who is overwhelmed by the opportunity in front of him. That opportunity? To be the human component in the “Turing Test,” which determines whether a computer has achieved true artificial intelligence.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Submit to the scare tactics

Stanley Film Festival immerses festivalgoers in the latest horror films and a game that takes the action off the screen

By Elizabeth Miller
Imagine you’ve checked into your hotel room, passing by signs at the hotel entrance about a boy gone missing and seen a distraught man handing out more copies of that same flyer. “How sad,” you think.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Sexually transmitted ignorance

‘It Follows’ reminds you sex = death%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
David, I know it’s hard to find good actors and actresses, especially young ones. But there are local car commercials with more convincing performances than this. Like, it’s easier to believe Crazy Larry actually is losing his mind over those low, low prices than that Kelly (Lili Sepe) gives a shit about her sister’s vaginal possession.
Thursday, April 23,2015


Enjoy the red carpet premiere of the films Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action on Thursday, April 23 at the Boulder Theater. Dalai Lama Awakening is narrated by Harrison Ford and is the product of a cinematic dream that documents the journey of Western thinkers to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss a variety of topics.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Locally-sourced cinema

Front Range Film Festival brings Colorado filmmakers from camera to screen

By Amanda Moutinho
Culture is homegrown in Boulder County — from breweries to art. In her latest documentary, Colorado Hopped — Bine to Brew, Longmont filmmaker Barbara Hau paired the two. A few years ago, while helping a friend harvest a hops field in Wisconsin, Hau became interested in local hop farming operations. Then, when Hau noticed a few fields popping up around Longmont, she knew she wanted to make a film about the farmers, who were selling their crops to breweries around town.