The Boedecker Cinema Blog
The Films and Events at the Boedecker Theater for the Week of Oct. 16th
Directed by Andreas Johnsen, 1hr 13min
The Nordic Food Lab (an offshoot of the acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant Noma) sends a chef and a food-science researcher around the world to investigate cultures and establishments that serve meals containing insects. Along the way, the pair explore the possibility that these dishes will become more commonplace in the future in order to feed a growing global population. Directed by Andreas Johnsen, BUGS made its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday October 18 7:00 PM, Thursday October 19 4:30 PM, Friday October 20 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday October 21 5:30 PM
REVIEW by John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter
BOE BLOG XTRA! In 2004 two Danes, René Redzepi and Claus Meyer, gathered fellow chefs and food specialists from all over the Nordic countries for a discussion that would give birth to a food movement dubbed ‘new Nordic cuisine’.
This movement is characterised by a focus on seasonal, traditional, but exciting food. The ‘Noma’ restaurant in Copenhagen has been at the heart of the developing scene since its inception, growing to be world-famous. Short for nordisk mad — Nordic food — Noma has been named the ‘world’s best restaurant’ no fewer than four times, inspiring a spate of ‘new nordic’ restaurants around Europe and the world.
Copenhagen has remained at the heart of the food movement, and in 2008 Nordic Food Lab came onto the scene. A non-profit that brings food and science together, the Lab is unique in its collaborative, open-source approach and the strong emphasis on diversity and deliciousness. The “edible potential of the Nordic region” is what inspires them — food rooted in its geography, its culture, its socioeconomic system. For the lab’s team the exploration of food has a global, humanitarian purpose: achieving a system in which “everyone can not only eat but eat well”. (Via bugsfeed.com)
Go behind the scenes of the Nordic Food Lab — a converted house boat that serves as a research facility and test kitchen- to find out all about their exciting work!
And visit Bugs Feed to learn more about the Nordic Food Lab, BUGS the film, and how you can start eating bugs at home (including recipes!)
Directed by Kogonada, Starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson & Parker Posey, 1hr 44min
When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana — a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada’s COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director’s striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.
Join producer Danielle Renfrew for an in-person Q & A on Thursday October 19 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday October 18 4:30 PM, Thursday October 19 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday October 20 4:30 PM, Saturday October 21 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
REVIEW by Sheila O’Malley of RogerEbert.com
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: Columbus
“When a script has dialogue so interesting that you wish you were part of the conversation, then it often just relies on that, and the actors to carry it. In the case of Columbus, the cinematography is so sensitively matched to the dialogue as to create a sensory resonance. I was left with a sense of people and place to such a degree that I felt like I had been there.”
The meditative Columbus is the debut feature of director Kogonada and while most filmmaker’s debut features are preceded by a career of short films or credits for producing and shooting the films of others, Kogonada has created a film career for himself editing video essays. In the age of the internet and available platforms like Vimeo and Youtube, when you want to illustrate a point on film- a thematic element of one particular film, the way a certain filmmaker uses sound or cinematography, or to argue the connections between numerous films- instead of writing about it, you can SHOW it. And when institutions like the British Film Institute or the Criterion Collection want to make such videos, they hire expert editors like Kogonada to make their video essays seamless and transcendent. In a recent interview, Kogonada compares his editing talents to sushi making “With sushi, every cut matters — And so do the ingredients. Those two ongoing choices are the difference. What you select, and how you cut it. I think the same applies to the pieces I’m trying to make.” For example, one of Kogonada’s most popular videos is an essay on Neorealism. Title “What is Neorealism?” the video is less an academic lecture and more a moving, side-by-side example that reveals the thought process behind the the concept. In a somewhat meta process, Kogonada reveals the way editing can be fundamental to an entire movement and completely change the mood of a film.
Friday Night Weird
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper, 1hr 23min
When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
SHOWTIMES: Friday October 20 8:45 PM
REVIEW by Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine
BOE BLOG XTRA! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is often cited not only as one of the most influential and important films in the horror genre but one of the greatest overall films of all time (It is currently on Sight and Sound Magazine’s list of 250 Greatest Films alongside Citizen Kane, Vertigo and The Godfather), but upon first glance the film may seem pretty repulsive. It lacks the morality and the movie magic of the Hollywood monster movies that came before or the big budget blockbusters that have come after. At the same time, it lacks the buckets of blood and titillating flashes of nudity of the horror films on the fringes of the 60s and 70s that were brutally honest in their marketing approach. So what is it that makes the Texas Chainsaw Massacre endure as one the landmark horror films that everyone should see? This video essays explains what is both so important and so horrifying about 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Opera at the Boe
The Magic Flute
Performed at The Royal Opera House, 3hr 10min
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno — but all is not as it seems… David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias. As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ — a great opera.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday October 22 1:00 PM & Wednesday October 25 1:00 PM
REVIEW by Cara Chanteau of the Independent
Join the cast of David McVicar’s Royal Opera production as they explore one of the best-loved operas of all time- originally streamed live through the Royal Opera House on August 29, 2017.
Additional Showtimes for the Week of October 16–22
Sans Souci Festival of Dance in Cinema
Wednesday October 18 1:00 PM
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