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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Winter camp

‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ is a melodramatic avalanche

By Ryan Syrek
If you were weaned on John Waters, you’ll gobble up every cheese-tastic second, from a horny housewife lusting towards her daughter’s boyfriend to Christopher Meloni’s Yosemite Sam mustache. If you’re intolerant of goofy tomfoolery, you won’t survive dialogue like, “In the blink of an eye, my virginity was gone.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

15 for 15

Upcoming movies worth surviving the holidays to see

By Ryan Syrek
Channing Tatum plays an alien wolfman trying to rescue the queen of the universe (Mila Kunis) while fighting lizard people. I’m in. It’s not an encouraging sign that the studio moved this wacky space opera from July 2014 to February, but Edge of Tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Ending in the Middle Earth

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ sticks the landing

By Ryan Syrek
Mountain. Except, the head dwarf in charge of said mountain, Thorin (Richard Armitage), has become a total dwarfen prick. The cursed treasure is (Ian McKellen), so it becomes a massive battle orgy that lasts for the majority of the film’s entire second half.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

I’ll miss you, 2014

The film year in review

By Ryan Syrek
From a purely fiscal standpoint, 2014 sucked. Box office totals are likely to finish at the lowest amount since 2008, which I’m sure makes everyone feel real bad for the billionaires in Hollywood.
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.
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