CONCUSSION

Just in time for College Football Bowl games and the NFL playoffs, Concussion tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who discovered and named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of several recently deceased NFL players. Omalu’s discovery began with Pittsburg Steeler, Mike Webster (David Morse), who died in 2002 at the age of 50. Physically healthy, Webster suffered from brain damage due to repetitive concussions from playing football, a risk that most players, owners and viewer suspect is a by-product of the game, but a truth not many are willing to acknowledge … Continue reading CONCUSSION

STILL ALICE

Like it or not, the Oscars are big business and the nominations and ceremony is important to the industry. Yes, the selections can sometimes seem arbitrary, rote or political, but what it means to many films and filmmakers can be the difference between being financially solvent and getting lost in the shuffle of good intentions but not good enough entertainment. “Movies” are supposed to make us feel good and keep us entertained; “Nominations” are serious and should educate, enlighten and ennoble. One of the nominated is the incredible and crushing Still Alice, which award or not, deserves attention and eyeballs. … Continue reading STILL ALICE

Starz Denver Film Festival: Days 1 & 2

It’s been thirty-seven years since Ron Henderson and his friends started the Denver Film Festival, and the city and it’s citizens have benefitted greatly. Now with a premier sponsor, Starz Entertainment, the Starz Denver Film Festival boasts 12 cinematic days in the heart of the city screening 252 movies (features, documentaries, shorts and music videos). I provided an introduction to 37th Starz Denver Film Festival in this week’s Boulder Weekly, but now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and watch the movies. What follows are not full reviews, but general thoughts from a bleary-eyed moviegoer hopscotching from theater to theater. Almost all of the movies … Continue reading Starz Denver Film Festival: Days 1 & 2

Movie Beat – 07.26.13

Blue Jasmine – It’s Woody Allen’s latest. Those words are enough. There are few filmmakers who have earned that right, but way up at the top of the heap is the great and prolific Mr. Allen. Set in San Francisco, a housewife struggles with her life after her scamming husband destroyed it all. Lots of insight, lots of jokes, and lots of acidic observations about people with First World Problems. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, among others great acting talent. In limited release from Sony Pictures Classics. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.26.13

Movie Beat – 11.23.12

A short work week means a long weekend for movie watching. Six new films out this holiday weekend in addition to Silver Linings Playbook expanding it’s release. You got some extra time, so you might as well dig into a couple of movies. Here are your choices: The Central Park Five – On the morning of April 20, 1989, a young white woman, Trishia Meili, was found in Central Park. She had been brutally assaulted and raped the night before. Five teenage boys were brought forward and convicted of the assault. Four of them were black and one was Latino. Coherence into … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.23.12