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Thursday, July 2,2015

[Ir]replaceable you

Three faces in the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

By Michael J. Casey
The cinema is unkind to actresses of a certain age, replacing them with younger, newer models, forcing them from the spotlight to make way for tomorrow. That is not something Maria (Juliette Binoche), a renowned actress of the stage and screen, is ready to do.
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Thursday, June 25,2015

Angry young white men

Seduced by the criminal in ‘Badlands’

By Michael J. Casey
On Jan. 21, 1958, Charles Starkweather entered the Nebraska home of girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate and shot and killed her father, mother and 2-yearold sister. The two went on the lam and Starkweather slayed seven more over the course of eight days before surrendering to authorities.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Mother is the first other

Colorado native Sarah Adina Smith to present her debut feature in Boulder

By Michael J. Casey
Rashaan Salaam and Kordell Stewart!” Sarah Adina Smith cheers with delight, recalling her high school years as a University of Colorado Boulder Buffs fan. “I was born and raised in Fort Collins, but my Mom went to CU,” Smith tells Boulder Weekly. “We were, like, totally going against our town, but we were really into it.”
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Thursday, June 18,2015

A tale of two cities

‘The [French] Connection’

By Michael J. Casey
One of the more fascinating aspects of the movies is their ability to reach across time and space and continue cinematic conversations started long ago. Moviegoers will be able to peek in on that conversation next week at The Boedecker Theater where both 1971’s The French Connection.
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Thursday, June 11,2015

Still crazy after all these years

‘Live From New York!’ captures the spirit of SNL

By Michael J. Casey
If 40 years of Saturday Night Live has taught us anything it is this: comedy is the sharpest form of criticism. Biting wit levied by the absurd becomes the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, and SNL has been spoon feeding America since 1975.
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Thursday, June 4,2015

Life rushes by, love rushes by

But ‘The Red Shoes’ keeps on dancing

By Michael J. Casey
Yet, two more are needed, two rising talents that the Svengali-like Lermontov can mold into a star and a revolutionary composer. That’s where Vicky Page and Julian Craster (Marius Goring) come in. Page and Craster are better than average, and rise quickly, taking the Ballet Lermontov to unbelievable heights.
Thursday, June 4,2015

The kid in the bird

‘I Am Big Bird’ brings Caroll Spinney’s story to the big screen

By Michael J. Casey
There is one thing you never do on Sesame Street and that is put someone down. “Our business is not to ridicule,” Caroll Spinney — the long time puppeteer inside Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch — tells Boulder Weekly. “Dumb is a word we never use on Sesame Street,” Spinney says. “Or stupid,” adds Big Bird.
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Thursday, May 28,2015

Falling with style

Carl Boenish takes the plunge in ‘Sunshine Superman’

By Michael J. Casey
At the turn of the 20th century, vast majorities of the planet remained undiscovered for those restless ones who couldn’t possibly imagine a life spent behind a desk or in a factory. If they had the notion, and sufficient funding, there were mountains, deserts, jungles, two Poles and the seas in between calling their name.
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.
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Thursday, May 21,2015

One is the loneliest number

Midway through life’s journey with ‘L’intrepido’

By Michael J. Casey
He is a fast learner, which makes him a perfect fit for this kind of work, but a chance encounter with his ex-wife, Adriana (Sandra Ceccarelli) alludes to more than Antonio would like to admit. Some people find their identity in work, others find a way to escape it.
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