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Thursday, July 23,2015

Brave the new world

‘Tangerine’ breaks the form wide open

By Michael J. Casey
The time has come to rewrite Jean-Luc Godard’s aphorism: “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Writer/director/cinematographer Sean Baker doesn’t even need the gun — just two transgender actresses, three iPhone 5s with fancy lenses and East Hollywood at his disposal.
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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.”
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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.”
Thursday, July 9,2015

Look what the cat dragged in

‘Roar’ is a misguided masterpiece

By Michael J. Casey
All of this sets up what turns out to be one glorious train wreck from start to finish. The acting is terrible, as is the end credits song, but the genuine fear in the actor’s eyes is as real as anything you will ever see.
Thursday, July 2,2015

[Ir]replaceable you

Three faces in the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

By Michael J. Casey
The cinema is unkind to actresses of a certain age, replacing them with younger, newer models, forcing them from the spotlight to make way for tomorrow. That is not something Maria (Juliette Binoche), a renowned actress of the stage and screen, is ready to do.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Angry young white men

Seduced by the criminal in ‘Badlands’

By Michael J. Casey
On Jan. 21, 1958, Charles Starkweather entered the Nebraska home of girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate and shot and killed her father, mother and 2-yearold sister. The two went on the lam and Starkweather slayed seven more over the course of eight days before surrendering to authorities.
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Thursday, June 25,2015

Mother is the first other

Colorado native Sarah Adina Smith to present her debut feature in Boulder

By Michael J. Casey
Rashaan Salaam and Kordell Stewart!” Sarah Adina Smith cheers with delight, recalling her high school years as a University of Colorado Boulder Buffs fan. “I was born and raised in Fort Collins, but my Mom went to CU,” Smith tells Boulder Weekly. “We were, like, totally going against our town, but we were really into it.”
Thursday, June 18,2015

A tale of two cities

‘The [French] Connection’

By Michael J. Casey
One of the more fascinating aspects of the movies is their ability to reach across time and space and continue cinematic conversations started long ago. Moviegoers will be able to peek in on that conversation next week at The Boedecker Theater where both 1971’s The French Connection.
Thursday, June 11,2015

Still crazy after all these years

‘Live From New York!’ captures the spirit of SNL

By Michael J. Casey
If 40 years of Saturday Night Live has taught us anything it is this: comedy is the sharpest form of criticism. Biting wit levied by the absurd becomes the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, and SNL has been spoon feeding America since 1975.
Thursday, June 4,2015

Life rushes by, love rushes by

But ‘The Red Shoes’ keeps on dancing

By Michael J. Casey
Yet, two more are needed, two rising talents that the Svengali-like Lermontov can mold into a star and a revolutionary composer. That’s where Vicky Page and Julian Craster (Marius Goring) come in. Page and Craster are better than average, and rise quickly, taking the Ballet Lermontov to unbelievable heights.
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