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Thursday, October 2,2014

Swimming in the Laika

‘The Boxtrolls’ is more stop-motion fun

By Ryan Syrek
From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stopmotion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe it’s the meticulous nature of the art form, with each tiny gesture by a character necessitating dozens of miniscule movements and hours of work from animators.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Get Fassbent

‘Frank’ is proof Michael Fassbender can’t be stopped

By Ryan Syrek
So the whole time, Michael Fassbender wears this giant, papier-mache-style head and mumble-sings gibberish lyrics about things like snags in the carpet while other people play instruments they created out of things like toothbrushes. Welcome to Frank,.
Thursday, September 11,2014

A feast for the eyes

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, 35mm and more

By Michael J. Casey
Now in his 17th season as IFS Director, Pablo Kj°lseth is extremely excited with the picks and guests he has lined up for the fall slate. Kj°lseth has been watching movies at IFS since 1980, and programming them since 1997. He is a man on a mission to make sure that quality cinema does not go gently into that good night.
Thursday, September 4,2014

Activism with an authentic flavor

ALEF, ‘Go For Sisters’ & Edward James Olmos

By Michael J. Casey
The Dairy Center for the Arts is doing something unique, so pay attention. The Americas Latino Eco-Festival Film Forum covers three continents (North and South America and Antarctica), provides a much-needed voice for the Latino community, discusses political and human interests and addresses a multitude of ecological issues.
Thursday, September 4,2014

listen up!

Same-sex marriage is now sweeping across the country, but the first same-sex couples to be legally married were hitched here in Boulder all the way back In 1975 when then Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex issued marriage licenses to six same-sex couples.
Thursday, September 4,2014


The Found Footage Festival is a live comedy show presenting the most absurd videos recorded on VHS. Joe Pickett and Joe Prueher, who have both written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly, are the curators.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Bleak and white

‘A Dame to Kill For’ is dark but not deep

By Ryan Syrek
Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices. They can be prostitutes, strippers, bondage-wearing murderers or corpses. Some get to be all of those! Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Thursday, August 21,2014

Take it back

‘The Giver’ is the worst kind of bad

By Ryan Syrek
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.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Art reflecting Ebert

‘Life Itself’ showcases the wit and wisdom of Roger Ebert

By Michael J. Casey
Parliamentary correspondent Simon Horrart.” And, “There I asked Ted Turner how he got so much else right, and colorization wrong.” And a personal favorite, “From the basement of Macky Auditorium, I participated in Colorado’s first live webcast, although I’m fairly certain no one was watching.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Grade A-Holes

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the joy of spectacle

By Ryan Syrek
The proliferation of comic book movies has reached its cultural apex, so thoroughly dominating the box office and public consciousness that a backlash was practically invited. While the public plays Oliver Twist, wallets open and begging for more, those who critically engage cinema have begun the “tsk, tsk”-ing and the “poo-poo”-ing.