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Thursday, December 18,2014

Five unforgettable films from a master

‘Mike Nichols: Remembered’ rekindles work of a revolutionary

By Michael J. Casey
Nichols died earlier this year, on Nov. 19, 13 days after his 83rd birthday. Moviegoers reflected on the work the man made in his roughly 40-year career — not to mention his award-winning work on the stage and comedy routines with Elaine May.
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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

‘The world’s biggest student film’

CU brings ‘Bill, the Galactic Hero’ to the screen

By Michael J. Casey
French critic and filmmaker François Truffaut famously pointed out that it was impossible to make an anti-war movie because, “to show something is to ennoble it.” Cox and company subvert this dilemma by making combat sloppy and comical.
Thursday, December 4,2014

A portrait of the president as a young man

Abraham Lincoln and ‘The Better Angels’

By Michael J. Casey
The story of the Great Emancipator began on February 12, 1809 when Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas and Nancy Hanks in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. A few years later, the Lincolns left Kentucky, crossed the Ohio River to non-slave territory in Indiana and set up a farm.
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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

You’re gonna go far, kid

Missy Franklin & ‘Touch the Wall’

By Michael J. Casey
Two years ago, Missy Franklin — a swimmer from Centennial, Colo. – caught the attention of the Olympic world. The freshfaced phenom became the first female to qualify for seven Olympic events and ended up collecting one bronze and four gold medals, and setting two world records.
Thursday, November 20,2014

A tale of two masters

Clark Terry & Justin Kauflin ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’

By Michael J. Casey
Born in St. Louis, Mo., “a trumpet player’s town,” on December 14, 1920, Terry fashioned his first trumpet from scraps found at the local junkyard. But from those humble beginnings he went on to play with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and so on.
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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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Thursday, November 13,2014

Step into the story

The 37th Starz Denver Film Festival 

By Michael J. Casey
Running from Nov. 12-23, the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) is 12 cinematic days in the heart of Denver. Started 37 years ago by Ron Henderson and a few fellow cinephiles, SDFF continues to grow and provide Coloradans with a unique moviegoing experience.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Three came back

‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ and the returning soldier

By Michael J. Casey
While they return home conquering heroes, it gets them little more than a pat on the back. Al returns to the bank and Fred takes up his old position at the soda shop. It does not go well for either. Al starts hitting the bottle and Fred is fired when he gets into a fistfight with a customer who casually remarks that the soldiers fought the wrong war.
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