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Thursday, August 27,2015

Myopic biopic

‘Straight Outta Compton’ flashes but fixates

By Ryan Syrek
Biopics are lies. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all storytelling is fundamentally fibbing. But it seems somehow more disingenuous to airbrush actual human histories, to select which warts to ignore and which redemptive moments to exaggerate. Documentaries exist for a reason and, while they too require editing, at least the filmmaker has to show his work.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Cold War sizzle

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is a spy surprise%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Ritchie’s hyper-stylized action fuses Saul Bass imagery with live-action. And the film is jam-packed with gleeful little moments, like Ilya and Solo having a pissing contest over whether Gaby’s belt must match her dress. TMFU.
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).
Thursday, August 13,2015

Reel meaning

‘The Wolfpack’ is profound%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Oscar Angulo, a self-aggrandizing religious fanatic, kept his seven children and wife secluded inside an apartment in Manhattan for 14 years. As one of the brother’s explains, sometimes they would go out once a year; some years they wouldn’t go out at all.
Thursday, August 6,2015

ILY IMF

What’s not to love about this ‘Mission Impossible’ series?

By Ryan Syrek
Bond moved from implausible ridiculousness to slightly-more-grounded cloak-and-daggerism, whereas Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now climbing into airplanes by holding on to a door handle while it takes off. There’s room for both types of espionage spectacles, and Mission Impossible.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Featherweight flick

‘Southpaw’ is vastly OK%u2028

Southpaw is a boxing movie with, dare I say, far too much boxing in it. I realize that sounds strange, but director Antoine Fuqua’s new movie isn’t very interested in its extended training montages or improbable fight scenes — and that’s not entirely a dig.
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.
Thursday, July 23,2015

No Wright, still alright

‘Ant-Man’ defies odds by being good%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Lang tries it on, because that’s what you do when you find a weird suit and mask. He discovers the ability to shrink into ant-size, while retaining vast strength.
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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