Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 5 – 7

The best laid plans of horses and men… Most film festivals boast a couple hundred features, an equal amount of shorts and a handful of panels to attend. Out of all of these, only two, possibly three are truly great. Of Horses and Men is one. A remarkable film that should not be described, only praised. Difficult to describe, impossible to forget should be sufficient enough. The story concerns a small community that inhabits a remote Icelandic Valley. In this valley, men and horses exist side-by-side in a sort of symbiotic harmony. Without the horses, the humans would starve, lack transportation and entertainment. Without the humans, … Continue reading Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 5 – 7

Movie Beat – 06.06.14

Borgman – It starts with a bang: Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) is on the run because a group of heavily armed priests are hunting him down. They locate his lair, force him out and he escapes just barely. He then comes to a suburban family’s house and asks them for a bath. They turn him away. He returns as a gardener and they accept him into their home and lives. Big mistake. Taking place in modern-day Netherland, this morality tale is played out with some very high stakes. Co-starring Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.06.14

UPSTREAM COLOR

Upstream Color - Poster

Upstream Color is a simple story of human connection that is complicated by deliberate nonsense. It is a movie that has a very impressive and unique voice, but wants to hold the viewer at arm’s length, keeping them from connecting with it. An independent in the truest sense, Shane Carruth writes, directs, produces, acts, shoots, edits, scores, fashioned the sound design, even worked as the casting director and production designer. Someone should have told him the cinema was supposed to be collaborative.

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Movie Beat – 04.05.13

André Gregory: Before and After Dinner – Most people know André Gregory from My Dinner With Andre, a filmed conversation on life with his close friend and collaborator Wallace Shawn. Others know of his extensive work in the theater, some may know of his brief stint in Hollywood. But only one person knows the whole story, and it’s not Gregory, it’s his wife, director Cindy Kleine. This is a look back in the life of one man, who became a bit of a cultural icon. Never one to shy away, Gregory offers plenty to his fans, but for those who haven’t yet … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.05.13