The Boedecker Cinema Blog
Our Films and Events For The Week Of October 10
HOVAB: Sweet Lunacy
Leland Rucker & Don Chapman
Sweet Lunacy looks back at the music scene in Boulder from roughly 1960–1990, and stars the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, Zephyr, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, Chris Daniels, Rosewood Canyon, Magic Music, Spoons, Steve Conn, Sonny Landreth, Tim Duffy, Woody and the Too High Band, Judy Roderick, Firefall, Freddi-Henchi, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Candy Givens, Otis Taylor, Tommy Bolin and Riche Furay and many more and places like Tulagi, Shannon’s, the Blue Note and Caribou Ranch Studios.
Showtimes: Tuesday October 11 7:00 PM Free & Open to the Public
Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB) is an unprecedented, community-wide cultural event that will revisit and celebrate the City of Boulder’s dynamic and diverse visual arts past in 18 exhibition venues, featuring over 300 artists, spanning 121 years of history, with 50 opening receptions, film screenings, presentations and panel discussions.
Directed by Rosemary Myers, 1hr 27min
On the eve of her 15th birthday, Greta Driscoll is settling into a new suburb and enduring the garish uniforms of a new school. Alone in the schoolyard, she is immediately befriended by the frizzy-haired and loquacious Elliott. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of a trio of mean girls led by the icy Jade who pluck her away from the crestfallen Elliott, only to brand her a loser. Just as Greta mends fences with Elliott, her parents secretly decide to throw their daughter a birthday party and promptly paper the school with invitations. Greta is at once appalled and confusingly intrigued by this social opportunity, formidable as it is. These being budding teenagers, the party comes with an understandable element of trauma. Enduring more humiliation than she can bear, Greta is flung into a parallel universe; a forest that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous — only there can she find herself. First-time feature director Rosemary Myers and debuting screenwriter Matthew Whittet, who also plays Greta’s dad, first mounted the play at Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre as the third part in a rites-of-passage trilogy, and Myers pointedly references child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim’s theory of adolescence as a forest through which one must pass. Seen in this light, the film, with its musical numbers, visual gags and mild erotica, takes on new gravitas and urgency beneath the surface. Wide awake to the wonder, terror and giddy confusion of being a 15-year-old adolescent in 1970s Australia — or anywhere at any time, for that matter — Girl Asleep is a strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure that feels perfectly pitched to its target audience, as well as those of all ages in search of something unquestionably unique.
Join Shay Wescott, The Dairy Arts Center Assistant Box Office Manager, Friday Night Weird Programmer, and fellow awkward girl for a talkback on Wednesday October 12 following the screening at 7:00 PM
Showtimes: Wednesday October 12 7:00 PM, Thursday October 13 4:30 PM, Friday October 14 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM, Saturday October 15 3:30 & 7:30 PM
REVIEW by Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian
Girl Asleep will be preceded by the short film Pickle
Directed by Amy Nicholson, 16min
Boedecker Blog Xtra! Ever wondered what it takes to make a film adaptation or even a film itself? Originally written and performed as a stage play for Australia’s Windmill Theatre Company, director Rosemary Myers adapted the work for the big screen as her first ever foray in film. In an interview on Windmill’s blog, she talks about the process and challenges she faced.
You can check out other works by the Windmill Theatre Company, director statements and the rest of their blog on the wonderfully whimsical Windmill Theatre Company website!
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Directed by Werner Herzog, 1hr 38min
Infamous director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. He leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works — from business to education, space travel to healthcare and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. Interviewees include hacker Kevin Mitnick, roboticist Sebastian Thrun, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, computer scientist Adrien Treuille, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz and inventor/entrepreneur Elon Musk. Herzog has poetry in his approach; in his interactions with participants, even down to his perspective that never fails to be able to take the interview subjects to places that are unexpected. With a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics’ consensus is that “the documentary finds Herzog bringing his distinctive documentarian gifts to bear on a timely topic with typically thought-provoking results.”
Showtimes: Wednesday October 12 4:30, Thursday October 13 2:30 & 7:00 PM, Friday October 14 4:00 PM, Saturday October 15 5:30 PM
REVIEW by Anthony Lane of The New Yorker
Boedecker Blog Xtra! As the ultimate convergence of technology and the human condition rapidly approaches, many scientists and philosophers (including Elon Musk) are convinced that we are already THERE- and that all probability dictates that what we call human existence is merely a computer simulation. Learn more about “Simulation Hypothesis” in this piece from the Independent.
And from the Luddite perspective, here is the magnificent Werner Herzog attempting to deconstruct the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
Friday Night Weird Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station
Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four
For reasons that are difficult to explain, Roger Corman was hired to do a low-budget rush job of a Fantastic Four movie (the rights-holder of this comic book franchise had to make a movie in order to maintain the option to negotiate with the nascent Marvel dynasty.) Without the knowledge of anyone else on the project, this movie was never to be released. This documentary tells the tale, but more than that, it reveals how dedicated people who make movies can be, regardless of the business people. The irony is that regardless of huge budgets and Stan Lee’s blessings, the two Fantastic Movies made since then have not been any better.
Showtimes: Friday October 14 8:30 PM
Boedecker Blog Xtra! Roger Corman may have a B-movie reputation, but he made an A-listing impact on the American Film Industry. From our friends at WIRED, here are 10 WAYS B-MOVIE MASTER ROGER CORMAN CHANGED FILMMAKING.
Directed by Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli, 1 hr 24min
Set in a mythical version of New York City — midway between the colorful Gotham of comic books and the rotten Big Apple of film noir — Phantom Boy tells the story of a sick child named Leo, who has a secret. During a long hospital convalescence, the 11-year-old finds that he is able to experience something like astral projection, traveling outside of his body in spirit form and zooming around the city, where he stumbles upon a plot by a criminal hacker to extort money from the city. Teaming with a similarly convalescing detective and an intrepid female journalist who still believes in shoe-leather reporting, Leo uses his strange ability to coordinate the trio’s unraveling of the crime. Aficionados of the lovely, old-school style of animation on display in A Cat in Paris will be pleased to discover a new hand-drawn tale of adventure from the French filmmakers, and children will enjoy the action-packed story.
The film is rated PG because it contains some violence and mature thematic material, including a gravely ill child.
Showtimes: Saturday October 8 1:30 PM, Saturday October 15 1:30 PM, Saturday October 22 1:30 PM, Saturday October 29 1:30 PM
REVIEW by Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post
Boedecker Blog Xtra! Looking for more off the beaten path family films that everyone can enjoy? Check out distributor GKIDS Films. Focusing on “sophisticated indie animation” — films with critical acclaim, intricate hand drawn animation and international distribution, they’ve released such films as Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s other well received project A Cat in Paris, many films of the renowned Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki such as Spirited Away and Ponyo, and last year’s beautiful adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
Visit their website for their full catalogue, trailers, and newsletter! http://www.gkids.com/
Opera at The Boe
Royal Opera House, approximately 3hr with intermission
Bellini’s opera is based on the verse tragedy of the same name by the French poet Alexander Soumet. Norma is a priestess who falls in love with Pollione, the leader of the occupying force suppressing her people. After becoming mother to two children, Pollione’s love for Norma withers and he pursues a fellow priestess Adalgisa. Meanwhile, rebellion against the occupying force grows — will Norma wage war on Pollione? Music Director of The Royal Opera House Antonio Pappano conducts an excellent cast including Bulgarian soprano, Sonya Yoncheva who performs the title role. Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is her former lover Pollione and Italian mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi takes on the rival priestess, Adalgisa.
Showtimes: Sunday October 16 1:00 PM, Wednesday October 19 1:00 PM
Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma had its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on Boxing Day 1831. After a muted initial response the opera quickly became popular, and is now a mainstay of the repertory. Conductor Antonio Pappano of The Royal Opera House explains his take on Bellini’s genius.
Classics at The Boe
with Bill Stoehr presentation on the creative process
Directed by Jacques Rivette, 2hr 5min
Divertimento is the abbreviated version of Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse, a film about the physical creation of art, and the painful bond between an artist and his muse. In La Belle Noiseuse (1991) a reclusive famous painter, Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli), lives quietly with his wife and former model (Jane Birkin) in a rambling château in rural Languedoc-Roussillon. When a young artist visits him with his girlfriend, Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart), Frenhofer is inspired to commence work once more on a painting he long ago abandoned — La Belle Noiseuse — using Marianne as his model. The film, which was the 1991 winner of the Palme d’Or prize at Cannes, ran a full four hours, limiting its theatrical life, so Rivette edited it to a 125-minute version. He recut the film, eliminating much of the original material and putting in other material not used in the first version. The original featured long sequences in which the audience watched the artist’s hand at work, whereas the new film is much more concerned with the emotional toll created by the artist’s immersion in his work and the toll it takes on himself, his wife and his model. The idea was to see the original story from an entirely new perspective.
Join artist Bill Stoehr for a presentation on the creative process — the symbols and metaphors Rivette was employing, along with the Bathus, Picasso and Cezanne references, and non-finito, brain concepts in art — taking place before and after the screening on Sunday October 16 at 4:30 PM.
Showtimes: Sunday October 16 4:30 PM
Additional Showtimes for the week of October 10
National Theatre Live Encore: A View from the Bridge
Showtimes: Wednesday October 12 1:00 PM
Beatles: Eight Days A Week
Showtimes: Monday October 10 3:30-SOLD OUT, Tuesday October 11 3:30-SOLD OUT
(will also screen Tuesday October 18 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM)