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Thursday, August 27,2015

They hung him on a cross

‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ is for the masses

By Michael J. Casey
On Sept. 10, 1991, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit the airwaves forever changing pop, punk, rap and rock while the cultural world embraced, assimilated and commoditized “Teen Spirit.” If record sales and critical acclaim have anything to say, then the message was clear: “Teen Spirit” was the revolutionary anthem the world had been waiting for.
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Thursday, August 20,2015

Imbued with poetry, hindered by commerce

Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ makes it to the silver screen

By Michael J. Casey
Sfar; “On Work,” Joan Gratz; “On Eating & Drinking,” Bill Plympton; “On Love,” Tomm Moore; “On Good & Evil,” Mohammed Saeed Harib; “On Death,” Paul and GaŰtan Brizzi.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Continuing excellence

The International Film Series comes out swinging and doesn’t stop

By Michael J. Casey
It’s that time of year again. The roads are packed, the lines at the sandwich shops quadruple, electrical outlets at Starbucks become a scarce commodity and Boulder is flooded with 30,000 hungry young minds ready to change the world. School is back in session, and so is, thankfully, the International Film Series (IFS).
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Thursday, August 13,2015

A portrait of the writers as young men

‘The End of the Tour’ offers both sides of the coin

By Michael J. Casey
David Foster Wallace is an ordinary guy. He reads obsessively, eats junk food en masse, is addicted to watching TV, wonders what it is like when Alanis Morissette eats a bologna sandwich and lives his life with a nagging feeling of emptiness.
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Thursday, August 6,2015

The sickness unto death

Woody Allen perfects his ‘Irrational Man’

By Michael J. Casey
What is there left to say about Woody Allen, the 79-year-old writer/ director of 45 feature films, a dozen of them masterpieces? Better yet, what does Woody Allen have left to say? Averaging a little more than a movie a year since his inauspicious debut in 1966 (What’s Up, Tiger Lily),.
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Thursday, July 30,2015

Now serving number 666

Finding truth and humor in ‘Court’

By Michael J. Casey
Is there a less desirable room to be in than a courtroom? True, courtrooms are the spaces where civility and rhetoric determines the justice of actions, but entering one is like traversing Dante’s Inferno. Justice may be served, you might even come out the victor, but getting there is a laborious and Kafkaesque process.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Print the legend

Westerns at the Sie Film Center

By Michael J. Casey
“What I want people to get out of [the course], is understand, number one, [the Western] is a very dynamic genre and we shouldn’t oversimplify it,” Piturro says. “Number two, that form is what’s important and that form lives on in many different genres today.
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Thursday, July 23,2015

Brave the new world

‘Tangerine’ breaks the form wide open

By Michael J. Casey
The time has come to rewrite Jean-Luc Godard’s aphorism: “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Writer/director/cinematographer Sean Baker doesn’t even need the gun — just two transgender actresses, three iPhone 5s with fancy lenses and East Hollywood at his disposal.
Thursday, July 16,2015

God’s lonely men

We need to talk about ‘Taxi Driver’

By Michael J. Casey
For most, Taxi Driver is summed up by one of the most famous lines in cinema: “You talking to me?” Conveying masculinity and bravado, it readies angry men for battle. But it is misleading. It is an act, a fašade. The truth is found in the line that follows: “Well, I’m the only one here.”
Thursday, July 16,2015

On her own terms

Amy Schumer sets Hollywood in her sights with ‘Trainwreck’

By Michael J. Casey
Amy Schumer is not your average anything by a long shot. The 34-year-old stand-up comic turned TV show writer, director and lead actress is now making her way to the big screen as screenwriter and star in Trainwreck, opening everywhere July 17. The entertainment business is anything but easy or kind, but Schumer is tackling it on her own terms and to quote Charlie Kane, “Those are the only terms anybody every knows.”
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