THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

There’s an oft-quoted line from a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip: when it came to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, as good as Fred was, Ginger could do everything he did, only backward and in heels. Though both actors found success apart, history will forever pair them, as Astaire and Rodgers; much like how peanut butter and jelly never seem that far apart. The same can be said of tennis pros, Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Separately, they were the best of their eras — she won both the French Open and the Australian Championship once, the U.S. … Continue reading THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

The 39th Denver Film Festival — Day One

The 39th Denver Film Festival gets underway tonight with opening night film, La La Land, a modern-day musical set in the City of Angels where some dreams are realized while others are crushed underfoot. The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Stone, along with writer/director Damien Chazelle, are set to attend the opening night festivities with a post-screening Q&A with Denver Post film critic emeritus, Lisa Kennedy. La La Land is currently under embargo, so I’ll leave it at this: La La Land is heart wrenching, acidic and poignant. Easily one of the best of the year and co-lead Ryan Gosling is magnificent. But … Continue reading The 39th Denver Film Festival — Day One

Movie Beat – 7.25.14

And So It Goes – Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is not a nice guy and he prefers it that way. He makes his living as a realtor, and he gets his kicks by making others completely miserable. Then his estranged son shows up and drops off Susan (Sterling Jerins), the granddaughter he never knew he had, and Oren has to reevaluate some perspectives. Diane Keaton, John Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen pitch in and lend him a hand. Script from Mark Andrus and direction by Rob Reiner. In limited release from Clarius Entertainment.   The Fluffy Movie – Gabriel Iglesias … Continue reading Movie Beat – 7.25.14

Movie Beat – 03.22.13

Admission – Mid-level movies can be the worst. We want them to be just a little bit more so we can love them, or if only they were a little worse, then we could write them off. Admission is a mid-level movie about single parents, broken people trying to piece things back together, and life lessons. I have no problem with life lessons, but this one looks spoon-fed. The lesson here: There is more than one-way to raise a child. Tina Fey plays an admissions counselor from Princeton University and Paul Rudd is a folksy single parent who finds the kid that … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.22.13

Movie Beat – 01.25.13

There seems to be a theme among January releases: Gangster Squad, The Last Stand, The Baytown Outlaws, and now Hansel & Gretel all are chock-full of scenes of excessive gun violence and a fetishism for the weapons. Seems a tad out of touch of what has happened very recently in our nation. Then again, none of these movies could have predicted that. I suppose it’s just a case of wrong time, wrong place. There are a few other movies in release this week, but we kick things off with the aforementioned gun violence picture of the week. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.25.13

Movie Beat – 01.11.13

The biggest movie news of the week are the Oscar nominations, but just because there are a bunch of movies from last year that you need to catch up on, doesn’t mean that there is some fresh fun out there today. Take a look and judge for yourself. $ellebrity – Kevin Mazur, who has made his living as a rock n’ roll photographer, puts together a collection of interviews, clips, and Cinema Verité style footage into a documentary about fame, celebrity, and most importantly, the voracity at which the public consumes it. This isn’t a documentary that provides an answer to the problem, because … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.11.13