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Thursday, May 9,2013

Up and Downey

In 'Iron Man 3,' Tony Stark soars once more

By Ryan Syrek
Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce and Black have done the unthinkable; they created a character-based superhero movie that isn’t about the superhero not wanting to be a superhero. Gasp!
Thursday, May 2,2013

Tom Cruise’s foreign policy

'Drones bad,' 'Oblivion' says

By Ryan Syrek
If you conceived a child back when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, it would now be old enough to tell you to move on. Despite welcoming back rapists and murderers when they win a Super Bowl, modern society seems intent on holding a grudge against a guy who, at worst, is a weird idiot.
Thursday, April 25,2013

All the president's meh

'The Company You Keep' is too sleepy for greatness

By Ryan Syrek
Although he may still be a panty dropper to the baby boomer set, Robert Redford looks like he needs a good nap.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Cookies tossed, paradise lost

'Spring Breakers' is art debauched

By Ryan Syrek
The plot is a gossamer thing, consisting of little more than a trip to Miami for four friends: Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine). Short on cash, the latter three pals decide the best way to finance their trip is to rob a diner.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Pew! Pew! Pew! ’Merica!

'GI Joe: Retaliation' is explosive gibberish

By Ryan Syrek
GI Joe: Retaliation’s script is so horrible, it should be in MoMA. Just like some people can’t stop staring at the world’s ugliest dog, this screenplay is fascinatingly hideous blather.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Here’s Butters: 'South Park' animator to speak in Boulder

'South Park' animation director, inspiration for character, comes to CU

By David Accomazzo
When Eric Stough was studying film at the University of Colorado Boulder, he wanted to get a job working on the big-budget, high-production value cartoons made by The Walt Disney Co. Then South Park happened.
Thursday, April 4,2013

Life before test screenings

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' couldn’t exist today

By Ryan Syrek
Pitching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an era of careful demographic selection and test audience input on filmmaking would ensure somebody would be going to an asylum.
Thursday, March 28,2013

You should mount ‘Olympus’

'Die Hard' got 'Air Force One' pregnant

By Ryan Syrek
The Internet says that Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt wrote the screenplay, but it’s lying. The only way it would take two people to write this is if they were stroke victims and one could only write nouns and the other could only write verbs.
Thursday, March 28,2013

A grand Bill: CU professor looks to make the biggest student film ever

By David Accomazzo
While discussing his ambitious new project — “the biggest student film of all time” — director, screenwriter and University of Colorado assistant professor Alex Cox brings up an interesting point about anti-war movies. More specifically, about the lack thereof.
Thursday, March 21,2013

Hocus poke-my-eyes-out

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' saws humor in half

By Ryan Syrek
Like a scathing satire of the Soviet Union or a mockumentary musical on grunge, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone sets its eyes on an expired target of cultural derision nobody gives a fuzzy rabbit about anymore.