Boedecker Theater Cinema Blog

The Films and Cinematic Events For The Week of Feb. 13th

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Directed by Lonny Price, 1hr 35min

Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, and George Furth’s much ballyhooed reverse chronology musical Merrily We Roll Along closed after just 16 performances in 1981 but gradually assumed legend status. This alternately heartbreaking and euphoric film focuses on the original cast members, then and now, and the special place this experience holds in their memories.

SHOWTIMES: Monday February 13 4:00 PM, Tuesday February 14 7:00 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Stephen Holden of the New York Times

Palmer’s Pix — Underappreciated Indie Film

Former CU film professor & Boedeker selections committee member, Jim Palmer presents a series of five underrated independent gems with lectures and discussions.

Off the Map

Directed by Campbell Scott, 1hr 45min

The title describes both the characters and their desert house north of Taos. Unfortunately, the title can also refer to the commercial failure of this masterful film. The family — husband, wife, and 11 year-old daughter (a depressed Sam Elliott, a gutsy Joan Allen and a mature-beyond-her-years Valentina De Angelis) — live an austere life on under $5,000 a year. Enter an IRS agent come to audit their taxes — simply magical.

SHOWTIMES: Monday February 13 6:30 PM — SOLD OUT

REVIEW by Roger Ebert

Fire at Sea

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, 1hr 54min

Situated some 200km off Italy’s southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

Join CU law professor Violeta Chapin for talkback on Wednesday February 15 following the screening at 7:00 PM.

SHOWTIMES: Wednesday February 15 7:00 PM, Thursday February 16 4:30 PM, Friday February 17 4:30 PM, Saturday February 18 6:30 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by A.O. Scott of the New York Times

BOE BLOG XTRA! Fire at Sea has gained recognition and momentum leading up to Oscar season for its depiction of refugees on the European island of Lampedusa — a timely, but misleading description. The majority of the film follows a 10 year old boy who lives on the island- not a refugee- and is anything but a traditional documentary. The film won the top prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival with Meryl Streep singing its praises on stage, “It’s a daring hybrid of captured footage and deliberate storytelling that allows us to consider what documentary can do. It demands its place in front of our eyes and compels our engagement and action.” While the film has since received criticism for not exploring further the lives of refugees and shining more of a light on the realities of migration, director Gianfranco Rosi argues that this was not the intent of his film; his focus more on the juxtaposition of his young protagonist’s life against the whole other world on his island that he does not live in. The Guardian’s migration correspondent sat down with Rosi in June to discuss the depiction of refugee migration in Fire at Sea, the accuracy and intent of the film’s narrative, and barriers that Rosi faced making the film. Read the entire article here. Then check out this video from TIFF where Rosi explains how the refugee portion of the film came to be.


Directed by Pablo Larraín, 1hr 47min

An inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. Inventive, intelligent, and beautifully filmed, Neruda transcends the traditional biopic structure to look at the meaning beyond the details of its subject’s life.

Join former film professor, Cynthia Stephens for a talkback on Thursday February 16 following the screening at 7:00 PM.

SHOWTIMES: Wednesday February 15 4:30 PM, Thursday February 16 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday February 17 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday February 18 4:00 PM & 8:45 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by A.O. Scott of the New York Times

Glenn’s Pick of the Week
What makes the Boedecker Boulder’s arthouse gem is the unmatched programming led by the impeccable taste of our Cinema Manager, Glenn. Our members, staff and friends all know that if Glenn recommends a film, you should be there. With that in mind, we give you Glenn’s pick of the week! If you can only see one film out of this week’s lineup, this is the one. Or even if you come to see them all, mark the talkback on your calendar or make a night of it with a friend because this is the film you’ll want to discuss. Check out Glenn’s statement below on why you need to see this week’s pick!

Glenn Webb, Cinema Manager

This Week: Neruda

“Most attempts at biopics leave me anxiously wondering just how close to history the movie was. This one was a refreshing break from that, not claiming any particular veracity beyond that some of these characters existed in this time and place and may have done something a little like this. But what comes through is a sense that this might have been how this time and place really felt, and these were the grand ideas clashing on the stage of human events, and in that sense, a much more defined narrative. It then goes one further in its very conscious description of the power of narrative and the role of characters in it. This is fun, smart stuff.”

Friday Night Weird Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station


Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic, 1hr 20min

XX is a new horror anthology with a gender twist — all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.

SHOWTIMES: Friday February 17 8:45 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

BOE BLOG XTRA! While gender equity in film has a long way to go, there is one specific genre where representation of female directors has become a welcome trend- horror films. In some ways, the famously sexist depiction of women in the horror genre has made this new transition easy to embrace. “The only thing you have to do to make a movie feminist is depict women as actual human beings,” says Jovanka Vuckovic, the director of one of XX’s four segments, in a recent Upworthy piece. From A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to Southbound to this year’s Raw — the film that had people passing out at TIFF, some of the best recent horror films have been directed by women, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Horror as a genre has a rich history of allegory- just take a look at the endless of analysis of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead- and horror films that focus uniquely on a woman’s perspective (as opposed to the traditional male gaze) open up a whole new world of unexplored monsters (both internal and external) and sinister scenarios. And the genre recognizes the less traditionally feminine qualities of being a real human woman. “When you make horror, it’s the expression of a form of violence that you feel inside of you — and it’s important we recognize that women feel violence and anger as well, says Raw director Julia Ducournau in a Rolling Stone article on The Rise of the Modern Female Horror Filmmaker. The culmination of this need to recognize female directed horror in particular brings us this week’s Friday Night Weird film, XX — a new anthology film in which each of the four segments is directed by and starring women with its title serving as a pointed nod to the female chromosomes. The film is not just for fun, it is a call for change. Check out Variety’s interview with the directors at XX’s Sundance premiere last month.

Opera at the Boe

II Trovatore

Royal Opera House, 3hr with intermission

International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic. 
Il trovatore is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder. New in the 2015/16 Season, this atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war. Fire and snow in the landscape echo the cruelty and love of the story: soldiers and gypsies clash, a mother reveals a terrible secret and two men are engaged in a deadly fight for one woman. The famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi’s exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses.

SHOWTIMES: Sunday February 19 1:00 PM & Wednesday February 22 1:00 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

BOE BLOG XTRA! “The music grabs you by the scruff of the neck.” One of the more technically difficult and demanding musical productions, Verdi’s gypsy opera premiered in 1853 and still endures today.

In this video, the cast and crew of David Bösch’s recent production at the Royal Opera House discuss what makes II trovatore so powerful and captivating.

Additional Showtimes for the Week of February 13

I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Wednesday February 15 1:00 PM BUY TICKETS HERE

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