<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[More vulgarity, please]]> In 1956, not long after she married Death of a Salesman playwright Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe made a movie with director and star Laurence Olivier at England’s Pinewood Studios. The film, The Prince and the Showgirl, came from Terence Rattigan’s drawing-room comedy The Sleeping Prince, which Olivier had performed on the London stage opposite his wife, Vivien Leigh.]]> <![CDATA[The power of discussion]]> The “road trip” might be the ultimate American movie trope — the vast expanse of the continental United States providing a vivid backdrop while the confines of a vehicle pressure-cook characters in the comedy and drama they need to discover the intricacies of relationships with fellow travelers.]]> <![CDATA[Lonely Hearts’ Club]]> Let’s be honest, Love Is All You Need (or Den Skaldede FrisÝr if Danish is more than a donut to you) is basically redundant escapist fantasy. But when the fantasy services the desires of middle-aged women struggling with uncompassionate husbands and cancer and not hormonal, heterosexual male teenagers jagged (as most movies seem intent to service), it scores a free pass on originality.]]> <![CDATA[Crisis of context]]> Fruitvale Station is tangible context in fictional form. It’s a film about a real-life incident that’s not about a real-life incident; it’s about a real-life person.]]> <![CDATA[I Kent believe it got better!]]> With one tiny twist in perspective, Man of Steel has reinvented the character, dominated the summer blockbuster season and invigorated the concept of rebooting a franchise.]]> <![CDATA[Smurfed up]]> The good news about the big-screen 3-D version of The Smurfs is that it’s not the insipid — and some say “socialist” — Smurfs you remember from 1980s TV. Yes, they’re still tiny and blue. They still use “smurf ” as a verb, adverb, swear word, etc.]]> <![CDATA[Squash the spider, man!]]> Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are franchise serial killers, having parasitically attached themselves to Transformers and Star Trek, among others. That two living, breathing human beings can routinely produce content this noxious and vapid without remorse is almost impressive.]]> <![CDATA[Rock íní roll odd couple]]> Weíre not talking about Greek tragedy (though if they donít get to the Greek, it will of course be sad). As a director, Stollerís touch is uneven: When the trouble becomes violently physical in Vegas, the tone seems uncertain..]]> <![CDATA[Your lowness]]> The worst part is that the film looks beautiful, with gorgeous exterior shots, terrific visual effects and a sequence of well-staged interior shots that make it clear the production team (led by director David Gordon Green) was aiming at a modern, updated The Princess Bride.]]> <![CDATA[God’s lonely men]]> 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 faÁade. The truth is found in the line that follows: “Well, I’m the only one here.”]]> <![CDATA[Take it back]]> Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly awesome that people will love, even if it winds up a steaming pile of poodoo we mock. I respect the noble fool, the proud creator of disaster who clearly put everything into a creative vision beloved by only himself.]]> <![CDATA[You're standing on my neck]]> The year was 1997. Hanson's "MMMBop" was jostling with Aqua's "Barbie Girl" for the top spot on the charts, Bill Clinton's "sexual relations" with Monica Lewinsky were still private, and an MTV animated cult hit about two morons in high school called Beavis and Butthead.]]> <![CDATA[Snapshots from the rum haze]]> Johnny Depp was a pal of the late Hunter S. Thompson, and the frustrating but thickly atmospheric film version of Thompson’s early novel The Rum Diary finds Depp and writer/director Bruce Robinson paying tribute to the author, freelance gonzo journalist, career substance ingester and lifelong alcohol sponge. The undertaking was a labor of love. The results are more a labor of “like, in parts,” but they certainly don’t resemble anything else on screen at the moment.]]> <![CDATA[Wadiya do that for?]]> The third wacky-character-based go-round for Cohen and director Larry Charles is easily their worst and is stunningly tepid. The idea was at least semi-ballsy: wicked oppressor of the fictional north African nation of Wadiya, Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen (Cohen), faces an internal power grab from his uncle Tamir (Ben Kingsley).]]> <![CDATA[Breathe in the Smaug]]> The story is just so much richer, as it doesn’t stop at “Baddie McEvil tries to destroy the world.” We join Bilbo and his dwarf buddies as they are nearing the secret entrance to the home they were forced to abandon on the grounds of “Oh, dear God, that’s a fire breathing dragon,” which is an understandable reason to break a lease.]]> <![CDATA[Ghost stories]]> "I've always been interested in ghosts, the paranormal and understanding the unknown," says Schultz, who graduated from CU in 2004 with a degree in broadcast news. "I've always been interested in independent film and documentaries, too, so I just put the two interests together."]]> <![CDATA[Men ruin everything]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Alive Inside]]> This moving documentary focuses on individuals in nursing homes who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and confirms what many of us already knew: The healing, soothing power of music has been underestimated.]]> <![CDATA[Inspire]]> Moondance Film Festival is a powerhouse film festival right in our backyard. Featuring work from around the world, the festival provides a platform for filmmakers, writers and composers to deliver varying perspectives on social issues. One highlight of this year’s festival is a sneak preview of The World is My Country about “World Citizen No.]]> <![CDATA[Unfashionable life at a fashion magazine in 'September Issue']]> Two years ago may as well be 200 in this economy, a fact that gives the easygoing, entertaining court documentary The September Issue a certain poignancy]]>