This week in Film — WILD ROSE

There’s no shortage of musical drama out there these days, but Scottish Wild Rose deserves to be in a class on its own. With an outstanding performance from Jessie Buckley and a couple of catchy earworms — one written by Mary Steenburgen — Wild Rose is one that will stick with you. It’s playing in selected cities, and as David Letterman would say, “I hope to God your city was selected!” Continue reading This week in Film — WILD ROSE

This week in Film — MIDSOMMAR

Midsommar is the much-anticipated horror sequel to writer/director Ari Aster’s breakout hit, Hereditary, and with his sophomore effort, Aster swaps a Satanist cult for Swedish pagans but ends up with similarly uneven results. It’s far from a failure, but the movie’s final third left me wanting. Also at Boulder Weekly, the first annual Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoor Film Festival takes over the Dairy Arts Center’s Gordon Gamm Theatre July 10–13. I spoke with programmer Richard Paradise about the festival and previewed a few movies here. BoulderENOFF isn’t the only film festival/film series coming to the Front Range in January. On this week’s edition of … Continue reading This week in Film — MIDSOMMAR

This week in Film — VAGABOND, Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, and more

Her first film, La Pointe Courte debuted in 1955; her final, Varda by Agnès, has yet to make its U.S. release, and in between, the incomparable Agnès Varda re-envisioned what cinema could do and say. She has several masterworks under her belt, none more so than her 1985 story of a drifter, Vagabond. For those in the Denver metropolitan area, Vagabond will screen on Wednesday, July 3, 7:15 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake. For those of you with subscriptions to The Criterion Channel, Vagabond is currently streaming alongside a bevy of Varda features and shorts. And speaking of masters, GKIDS and … Continue reading This week in Film — VAGABOND, Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, and more

This week in Film — TOY STORY 4

Funny thing, movies. Some of them hit you right up front, but then fizzle out in your mind quicker than flat soda. Others, quietly crawl into bed with you, curl up, and stay awhile. For me, Toy Story 4 is firmly in the latter. Watching it was enjoyable and, at times, quite moving. But, the past two weeks since I’ve seen it have been kind. What seemed understated at the time now seems quietly profound. Its development is deep, its ideas are full, and I’m eager to re-visit it again. Until then, this review will have to do. Naturally, I discussed … Continue reading This week in Film — TOY STORY 4


The John DeLorean story has it all: Cars, cocaine, supermodels, countries at war, political scuffles on both sides of the Atlantic, an FBI sting of ridiculous proportions, secret off-shore bank accounts, deception, avarice, opulence, and ego. And like most stories, what’s true and what isn’t depends on your perspective. IFC Films releases Framing John DeLorean at the Sie Film Center on June 28. Review at Continue reading This week in Film — FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN

This week in Film — ZEN FOR NOTHING

Looking for an alternative to the mass destruction of the Hollywood summer blockbuster? Zen For Nothing is a small documentary; an immersion into stillness, quiet, and meditation. For those living in the Denver/Boulder area, it will be screening at the Dairy Art Center’s Boedecker Theatre June 12–15. Over at KGNU, I discuss Zen for Nothing, as well as the disappointing Dark Phoenix, the mellow The Dead Don’t Die, a couple to see for Pride Month, and the kick-off movie for this season’s Chautauqua Silent Summer Series, Hot Water, with Veronica Straight-Lingo on this week’s episode of After Image. Continue reading This week in Film — ZEN FOR NOTHING

This week in Film — VERTIGO

When Vertigo was released in 1958, Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t just a household name, he was a franchise. Between his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and a new film every year, audiences were never far from the Master of Suspense. Under those circumstances, it should be no surprise that his 1958 melodramatic ghost story, Vertigo, slipped through the cracks. The following year, North By Northwest would become iconic, and Psycho would change everything the following year. Still, Vertigo remains. Thankfully, TCM Big Screen Classics is bringing back Hitch’s masterpiece for two days in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Time to fall in love, all over again. Continue reading This week in Film — VERTIGO