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Thursday, February 19,2015

To God, there is no zero

From the infinitesimal to the infinite in ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’

By Michael J. Casey
They called them “B-Movies,” genre films (westerns, noir, horror, sci-fi, etc.) made on shoestring budgets with leads played by actors, not stars, and directors who were journeymen, not auteurs. The 1950s were their heyday and they played great on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Thursday, February 19,2015


Climate change has been rippling through our world for the past few decades. Colorado is suffering from summer-like temperatures in winter to a severe fire season that’s destroying its forests. Firefighters are on the front line of this problem seeing the lasting damages and devastation.
Thursday, February 5,2015


THE BABADOOK This movie is being pigeon-holed as horror, but don’t discount it. It compares well with Kubricks’s The Shining and Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby as a deeply nuanced and powerful film, well worth the scary bits.
Thursday, January 22,2015

Photographing philosophy

By Michael J. Casey
Photographing philosophy.
Thursday, January 15,2015

When the good comes undone

The bleak fallout of ‘Little Accidents’

By Michael J. Casey
There is Owen ( Jacob Lofland), a high school student who lost his father in the cavein. Owen has taken on the responsibility of his brother with Down syndrome (Beau Wright) while his mother (ChloŽ Sevigny) tries to put food on the table.
Thursday, January 15,2015


Documentary Fight Church tells the story of the meeting of two unlikely worlds: Christianity and mixed martial arts. While, of course, it’s natural for pastors to have hobbies, cage fighting is a peculiar choice for those who preach to “love thy neighbor.
Thursday, January 8,2015

L'enfant du cinema

One night with Leos Carax

By Michael J. Casey
A director only makes one movie in his life,” said filmmaker Jean Renoir. “Then he breaks it up and makes it again.”  That quote applies to many who step behind the camera, but fits few quite as snuggly as it does the enigmatic child of cinema, the French auteur, Leos Carax. Carax was born Alexander Dupont — his stage name is an anagram of “Alex&r...
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Love in all the wrong places

‘Copenhagen’ just a diversion

By Michael J. Casey
William (Gethin Anthony) is 28, loud, abrasive and generally unpleasant to be around. He yells, swears, leers, drinks too much and thinks too little. He is your typical obnoxious American abroad, both to the fine people of Demark and to his two traveling companions.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Children of the night

Iranian New Wave meets vampire stories in ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

By Michael J. Casey
Instead, their bodies are pushed into a ravine in the middle of town, one that is starting crowded. It’s business as usual in Bad City. or not Arash (Arash Marandi) The or what she is capable of — doesn’t really matter. He is attracted to her. Attracted in that distant, cool, blue jean, James Dean, let’s-just-listen-to-the-music, kind of way.
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.