The Boedecker Cinema Blog
Our Films and Events For The Week Of August 29th
Microbe and Gasoline
Directed by Michel Gondry, 1hr 45min
Titled after the nicknames of its two lead characters — the small-for-his-age Daniel, derisively referred to as “Microbe” by his classmates, and new student Theo, who picks up the nickname “Gasoline” for his petrol-smelling clothes — Gondry’s film is about the relationship between two outsiders who join forces because everyone else around them is wholly unable to appreciate their charm. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. They transform an old engine into a fully-fledged vehicle with some smart scavenging and a little ingenuity, a plan that Daniel pushes to logical extremes through his eventual idea to disguise the small car as a house, all the better to hide from any cops who notice, hey, there are two kids driving that totally fake car. The duo soon set out on a wild road trip, one complete with plenty of run-ins with mostly fooled law enforcement, and lots of wacky characters who threaten to derail what is unquestionably a terrible idea. As the trip winds on, the pair’s bond is tested, and Gondry is able to frequently tap back into the true emotional center of the film: A friendship. “If you’re my friend, you’re an independent spirit,” Theo tells Daniel late in the movie. This charming adventure reminds us how friendships can help us reach our true potential.
Join Mimi Mortimer, CU Boulder professor of French and Italian, for a talkback on Thursday September 1 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday August 31 4:30 PM, Thursday September 1 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday September 2 5:00 PM, Saturday September 3 5:00 PM
REVIEW by Tirdad Derakhshani of the Philadelphia Inquirer
BOEDECKER XTRA! How many of Michel Gondry’s films have you seen? Try to spot them in this fan-made mashup! And even if Microbe and Gasoline will be your first, his stylistic mixture of melancholy and whimsical waking dream is undeniable.
Directed by Rebecca Dreyfus, 1hr 5min
On Meditation is a compilation of portraits that explore the deeply personal practice of meditation in all its myriad forms. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned thinking into a deeper state of awareness. Yet, what does that path, one of the inner journey, which is above all a private, interior one really look like? On Meditation conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday people to celebrities including David Lynch, Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Matthiessen and others, the subjects of On Meditation offer a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its devotees.
Join Cathy Comstock, who has been teaching classes in critical thinking and cultural analysis at the University of Colorado for over 20 years, most recently offering courses on Gandhi and Nonviolence for Everyday Meditation, for a talkback on Wednesday August 31 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday August 31 7:00 PM, Thursday September 1 5:30 PM, Friday September 2 3:00 PM & 7:15 PM, Saturday September 3 3:00 Pm & 7:15 PM
REVIEW by Morgan Rojas of Cinemacy
BOEDECKER XTRA! Not sold on Meditation? Enjoy this thoughtful and amusing piece from our friends at NPR: How A Skeptic Learned To Love Meditation by Dan Harris. Then, head over to the NYTime’s wonderful online archive of essays on all things Mediation!
Back by popular demand in The Gordon Gamm Theater!
Directed by Matt D’Avella, 1hr 19min
Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less debt, less discontent. A life with fewer distractions. Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. A life of passion that is unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you. What you’re imagining is an intentional life. Not a perfect life — not an easy life — but a simple life. This documentary examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. From minimalist architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life.
SHOWTIMES: Friday September 2 7:30 PM, Saturday September 3 7:30 PM (Gordon Gamm Theater)
REVIEW by Nina Metz of The Chicago Tribune
Friday Night Weird
Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station
Corsages and Catfights September Kick-off!
Hairspray (Singalong version!)
Directed by Adam Shankman, Starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, 1hr 52min
This screening of the 2007 film starring John Travolta as Edna Turnblad has on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in! Hairspray is based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters’ 1988 comedy film. Adapted from both Waters’ 1988 script and Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell’s book for the stage musical by screenwriter Leslie Dixon, the 2007 film version is directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman and stars, in addition to Travolta, Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and others. Hairspray features songs from the Broadway musical, as well as four new compositions not present in the original Broadway version. Set in 1962 Baltimore, the film follows the “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation. This is your chance to test your vocal range with fellow audience members with minimal embarrassment!
SHOWTIMES: Friday September 2 8:45 PM
REVIEW by Bob Mondello of NPR
BOEDECKER XTRA! “If I ever made a movie that was devious, it’s that.” John Waters talks about how Hairspray is, in a way, even more devious than Pink Flamingos in this retrospective clip from the Film Society at Lincoln Center.
Shakespeare on Screen
Richard III: Almeida Theatre
Starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave
Join us for Almeida Theatre’s live screening debut of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard — vicious in war, despised in peacetime — awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown. Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday September 4 1:00 PM, Wednesday September 7 1:00 PM
REVIEW by Susannah Clapp of The Guardian
BOEDECKER XTRA! Need to brush up on your Bard? Enjoy this Stagework Series interactive conversation with Sir Ian McKellen as he deconstructs Richard III!
Additional Screenings for the Week of August 29:
Arts & Architecture in Cinema | Renior: Revered and Reviled
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday August 31 1:00 PM
BOEDECKER XTRA! Enjoy rare footage of Renoir painting from 1919!
Then, prep yourself for all things Renoir with the MET and their collection of Renoir art essays!
Kicking off the month of September with Hairspray, Friday Night Weird will be taken over by Corsages & Catfights featuring all of your favorite female-centric high school movies. And what’s a drama queen without her crown? Friday, September 16th, we’ll be hosting an 80s themed prom! Following a screening of Pretty in Pink, Friday Night Weird will take you back (possibly against your will) to the days of vinyl, shoulder pads, and cheesey prom photos galore. Don your best pair of formal legwarmers and invite your crush to Friday Night Weird Prom!
If you’re looking for some fashion inspiration, our staff has been kind enough to break some of their old prom photos out of the vault.
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