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)

MILES AHEAD

Miles Davis was a man of few words, but an endless stream of music. Though the story of Davis’s meeting with then First Lady Nancy Reagan at a White House dinner in 1987 is most likely false, the punch line is still rings true: When Reagan asked Davis what he’d done to deserve an invite, Davis responded, “I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?” Urban myth or no, that attitude is the attitude of writer/director/star Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis in the bio-pic, Miles Ahead. Situated primarily during Davis’s reclusive … Continue reading MILES AHEAD

STEVE JOBS

The new film from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs, marks the third cinematic interpretation of Apple’s storied co-founder in the past two years — Jobs (Joshua Michael Stern, 2013) and Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (Alex Gibney, 2015) were the previous two. I have seen all three and still cannot answer the question my sister posed after the credits rolled for this iteration: “Why are people so fascinated by him?” Is it because the products his company produced are so integral to our day-to-day lives? Because we find Apple products so aesthetically pleasing? So intuitive? … Continue reading STEVE JOBS

CUT BANK

Cut Bank, Montana proudly boasts to be the coldest city in the United States. No doubt true in the winter, but the summer finds a completely different weather pattern, and the only thing cold in Cut Bank is the people. Georgie (Bruce Dern) is long time mailman who has grown tired of his job and the people he sees. Thankfully, he is shot dead while delivering mail to the good folks of Cut Bank. Conveniently, Georgie’s murder is captured on video while Dwayne (Liam Hemsworth) tapes his girlfriend, Cassandra (Teresa Palmer) practicing her pageant routine. Even more convenient, there happens … Continue reading CUT BANK

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

HITCHCOCK

The old truism goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman. This was seldom truer than the relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville. Hitchcock got his start in the British film industry drawing title cards and sets. Alma Reville worked as a producer and slowly their path’s converged. According to Donald Spoto’s biography, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitch was taken with Alma, but refused to speak to her until they were on equal ground professionally. He waited and worked his way up to a position as a director and the two … Continue reading HITCHCOCK

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