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It's Too Dark in Here

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 3:25 PM

After Super 8 I've decided to become a fiend for great projection. That means I actively seek out theaters where the picture looks crisp and the sound is excellent.

I think it's a shame that I have to actively search for them though. I wish there was an online database...

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The Beaver Review

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 12:27 PM

The Beaver asks us to believe a man can function in society by wearing a beaver puppet on his arm, and talk in its voice. He's not an aspiring ventriloquist. He's just a crazy person.

Crazy people don't fair well in society, I've noticed.

In a normal world, a...

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There Be Dragons Review, and Interview With Wes Bentley

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 4:19 PM

Christian films, or faith-based films, with the exception of Passion of the Christ, share a characteristic I don't like.

They aren't cinematic.

Fireproof looks like it was shot in about two days, with the lighting crew borrowed from Days of our Lives.

There Be Dragons is one of...

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Scre4m Interview With Emma Roberts

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 5:02 PM

It's been fifteen years since Scream.

Back then, the internet was called America Online. Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th were not remakes.

It was a much simpler time to be a post modern murderer.

So is Ghostface -- and this series -- still relevant...

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Why Remake Arthur?

(45) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 12:35 PM

I can't explain why there is a remake to Arthur. But I read an interview with the director, Jason Winer, who offers this explanation:

"Why would you do a remake of Arthur?" That's a great movie. It was one of my favorite movies, growing up as a kid....
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Win Win Review and Filmmaker Interview

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 11:06 AM

There's not much glamor found in high school wrestling. And Win Win does a pretty good job of showing it.

Here is the latest film from director Tom McCarthy, who is a former high school wrestler turned actor (The Wire), turned writer (Up) turned director. He goes back to...

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Review: Limitless

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Watching Limitless, I wondered where the time went. As soon as it started, it was over. I felt like its main character Eddie in the throes of his drug's side effects, losing all track of time.

It's my compliment to the film's frenetic pace, intriguing visual style, and to...

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Review: Rango

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 11:32 AM

Animated films have a high bar to reach these days. As Pixar continues their storied tradition of leaving their competition in the dust, any film that doesn't have a hopping lamp in front of it is bound to disappoint.

As Pixar settles into a pattern of making sequels to its...

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Review: Unknown

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 1:27 PM

Liam Neeson has two modes: ordinary family man, and bad ass action hero. Not many actors can straddle the line as well as he can.

It's what made him so fun to watch in Taken. Apparently director Jaume Collet-Serra saw that movie, because he asked Neeson to do it...

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Review: Sanctum

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 2:13 PM

Sanctum is an underwater cave exploration movie that comes to us courtesy of Australia, and is presented by James Cameron. The packaging looks American, but the taste is unmistakably from the land of Oz.

Australia has released some of the most creative films in recent memory, like Wolf Creek,...

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An Interview With Blue Valentine Director Derek Cianfrance

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 2:35 PM

It's not often that a Denver native has a movie in theaters. At the moment there are two: The Company Men by John Wells, and Blue Valentine by Derek Cianfrance. Derek's film has received great critical acclaim (as well as my own) since its premiere at Sundance last...

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Festivus Insider's Guide: Boy Wonder

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 3:02 PM


A dangerous new super hero will make an appearance in Denver this weekend.

Writer/director Michael Morrissey's debut film Boy Wonder premieres this Friday at Festivus Film Festival.

Set in Brooklyn, the film follows high school senior Sean Donavan (Caleb...

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Festivus Film Festival: The Insider's Guide to Starting a Film Festival From the Ground Up

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 10:24 AM


If you've ever wondered what it takes to run a film festival, ask the masterminds behind this year's Festivus Film Festival, running Jan 13-16.

In their fourth year as curators, Denver locals Johnathan McFarlane and Tim DeMasters have things pretty figured out....

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