Beginning on Wednesday, February 5th, The Denver Film Society will launch a new film education course, Film Criticism: The Envelope Puhleeze - What Award Season Fever Tells Us About The "Best" Of Hollywood, taught by esteemed Denver Post film and theater critic, Lisa Kennedy.
The class -- which meets every Wednesday night from 6:30-9:00 at the Sie FilmCenter -- will examine the peculiar cultural ritual that is the film Awards Season and consider what it means to single out one movie as the "Best Picture" of the year.
Whether you're an Oscar fanatic or Oscarphobic, Kennedy's class will definitely give you something to think about in-between munching on popcorn and snickering at fashion faux pas.
Is it safe to say that we're in the midst of the golden age of animation?
I would say yes! We've been in the Golden age since the '90s. Why you ask? Since the release of Beauty and the Beast VOL. 2 in 1991 until now, there have been more animated movies grossing over one hundred million dollars than any point in history! The top 50 grossing animated movies of all time happened in the last 20 years and the numbers prove it.
Through the good and the bad, if you smile more often, life will seem easier.
Watch a movie that makes you giggle, smile, and cheers you up. One that puts you in that mood where you forget about your problems and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There seem to be no worries in the world when you have a great comedy to take you to another place. So, smile a little more and life will feel a lot better.
His name is Jan Švankmajer and he is probably hands down the most creative, disturbing, artistic movie director who has ever lived!
My statement above is no joke; I swear, even the master of darkness (Stephen King) cannot compete with Jan Švankmajer. Seriously-- take a look at one of his films! I swear, they appear to be from another planet. Even though it might seem that Jan Švankmajer is seriously loony!!! I must say he is a creative genius!!!!
Let's re-visit the '70s and remind ourselves what a groovy time it was for movie goers.
Awwww what a time; disco balls, bell bottom jeans, muscle cars, and so much more! But, let's not forget that this was also a time for movies that were just plain awesome. They say that the golden age of movies was between 1927 and 1963, but I feel that is premature. If you really look at the number of films that left a profound impact with film audiences in the '70s, you would agree that 1963 date should be extended to 1979. If you're interested, you can also check out the links below to learn interesting facts about these films.
It's October, and as you know, it is a time for scares, costumes, and all things creepy. I've decided to dedicate this blog to this, my favorite time of the year, but with a little twist. Instead of the classic scary movie blog, this blog will be about the strangest movies I've ever seen.
I have seen a ton of bizarre, strange, and unusual films in my lifetime, but I think I've finally found two films that really "take the cake." The Films are Gozu and Little Otik. When I ordered these movies and saw the images on the DVD cases for the first time, I was already preparing myself for a trippy experience. For example, take a look at the covers of these two films; one has a man crouched down in his underwear with a giant bull head for a mask, and the other has a lady holding a wooden baby doll-type thing that has clothes and a pacifier.
Like the Cinémathèque Française, where young French filmmakers like, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut received their early cinematic education, the Denver Public Library preserves and makes available a large collection of films from a variety of eras and cultures, as well a number of books and articles on film history and criticism. Channel the spirit of the nouvelle vague and let DPL turn your living room into a screening room. Vive la France!
Motivated by an intense love of all things cinematic, the core group of directors associated with the New Wave -- Godard, Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer -- transformed themselves from film lovers to film critics, and from film critics to film directors.
If you're missing the NBA season like I am and need a little something to get you through those tough days with no basketball to watch, check this out. I recently went through the DPL (Denver Public Library) and Inter-library loan catalog and found a few "must-see's" in the NBA world, film-wise. Also check out "My Opinion" on the bottom of the blog discussing my top 10 and favorite NBA players of all time.
If you remember the NBA in the 90's, then you will know that it was ruled by one man: Michael Jordan. The documentary, Michael Jordan In the Max, features the superstar Michael Jordan, showing highlights, interviews, commentaries, and did I mention highlights?! If you love Jordan, the Chicago bulls, the NBA, and basketball in general, this is a must see. Also, you can really see the style of his game, talent, and drive, and get up close and personal to really study whether he may be the best to have ever played the game of basketball.
Having recently watched the "Grandmaster" in theaters, it really got my juices flowing for the martial arts genre. Here are a few must see from recent years.
The Bruce Lee Ultimate Trilogy has 3 of Bruce Lee's films "Big Boss," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death." What can I say that hasn't already been said about Bruce. All I can say is, must see!
IP Man: The legendary grand master of Wing Chun and master to Bruce Lee, comes a very good movie about some misfortunes in IP Man's life and how one man stood up against a nation. Based on a true story.
If you're looking for those hidden gems from around the world, I've found a few that might just be what you been looking for. Creatively filmed, very unique stories, Brilliant actors, suspense, humor and films that have won awards in other countries. Check out the trailers at the bottom of the page.
Bronson: A very creatively, brilliant way to film one of the most violent, famous prisoner in Britain. Combines art, Humor, action and a very unique way of getting famous.
Departures: One man's misfortune leads to an unexpected taboo career in Japan. The music composed for this film is amazing, the story itself is very inspiring and uplifting. A must see.