Weekly Round-Up (12.7.17 – 12.28.17)

As 2017 comes to a close, the movie prestige season kicks into high gear with three of the year’s best finally making their way to movie theaters. Reviews of Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, and Darkest Hour. Over at Drink, I reviewed four of Odell‘s latest, dove into some Christmas ales, broke down the history of New England IPAs, and spoke with JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson and Shawn Donahue of White Labs Pure Yeast & Fermentation about beer’s magic ingredient. And to close out every year, Boulder Weekly asks their writers to pen a personal essay about the past year. I wrote about about “Shoes … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up (12.7.17 – 12.28.17)

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

The average viewer may not know who J. Paul Getty was. If they do recognize the name, it’s most likely from his extensive collection of art, housed in Santa Monica’s Getty Center or the Getty Villa, located just up the coast in the Pacific Palisade. They might even recognize him as the answer to a trivia question: Who was the world’s first billionaire? But in a world of thousands of billionaires, first no longer holds currency. Yes, according to the 1966 Guinness Book of Records, J.P. Getty was the world’s richest private citizen, worth approximately $1.2 billion. Getty made his … Continue reading ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

MOLLY’S GAME

Hemingway had a phrase: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” If Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) ever needed a mantra, I’d offer her that. Diagnosed with early onset scoliosis, Bloom blew out her back at the age of thirteen. Less than a year later, she was competing in downhill skiing. A decade later, a one-in-a-million frozen tree branch dislodged her ski during an Olympic qualifying event, spraying Bloom all over the slope and ending her competitive career. A year later, Bloom landed in Los Angeles penniless but quickly found work as a cocktail waitress. … Continue reading MOLLY’S GAME

PITCH PERFECT 3

It’s doubtful anyone watching Pitch Perfect 3 won’t have seen at least one of the previous installments, hence why little time is spent catching the audience up to The Barden Bellas. The movie begins as a spy caper, set to an a cappella performance of Britney Spear’s “Toxic” aboard a yacht that explodes in a fury of flames just as Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Patricia, a.k.a. Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), narrowly jump to safety. Flashback a few weeks and Beca is working with Pimp-Lo (Moises Arias) to put the finishing touches on his new rap single. The cut Beca produces … Continue reading PITCH PERFECT 3

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

There is humor to be mined from the direst of situations and Finish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki has been doing just that for nearly 35 years. His latest, The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen), takes his well-honed, delightfully peculiar style and applies it to Europe’s refugee crisis. Though The Other Side of Hope is set in modern-day Helsinki, nothing in the movie feels modern. Everyone smokes constantly, drinks heavily, and sits in garishly painted sets that look like leftovers cobbled together from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s days in Germany. Toss in Kaurismäki’s flat framing and the actor’s deadpan reactions to … Continue reading THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Quite simply, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is magnificent. It’s no masterpiece and certainly not without a few flaws, but writer/director Rian Johnson is given plenty of room to continue the Star Wars saga, answer questions posed in previous installments, and create a world entirely his own. And that he does so without coloring outside the lines George Lucas drew all those years ago makes it all the more impressive. First, a short spoiler-free description of the plot: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is hiding on a remote planet. Hiding from what? A moment of shame. Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been … Continue reading STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WONDER WHEEL

Set in New York’s Coney Island in the early 1950s, Wonder Wheel revolves around Ginny (Kate Winslet), a clam house waitress who lives above the amusement park’s shooting range with her second husband, Humpty (Jim Belushi), who runs the merry-go-round, and Richie (Jack Gore), Humpty’s son from a previous marriage, who speaks little and burns everything he can. All is not well in Coney Island; profits are down, people are leaving the city for the suburbs, vacationing elsewhere, and Ginny and Humpty are barely able to make ends meet. Currently in recovery, but never far from a relapse, Humpty is … Continue reading WONDER WHEEL

Weekly Round-Up (11.2.17 – 11.30.17)

The Denver Film Festival turned 40 this year with nearly two weeks of features, shorts, panels, and parties. Highlights from weekend one, and weekend two. Also in Film: a glowing review of Brimstone & Glory, some praise for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and some thoughts on The Square, a movie that had me thinking about mother!, Justice League, and the abominable Downsizing. Over at Drink: an interview with Whitney Way about City Star’s latest barrel-aged stout, a preview of Left Hand’s Nitro Beer Festival  (one of the best fests around), the inside scoop from Ashleigh Carter of Bierstadt Lagerhaus about their magnificent Slow Pour Pils, a beginner’s guide to Session IPAs, and … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up (11.2.17 – 11.30.17)