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The Films and Events At The Boedecker Theater For The Week of July 3rd
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Directed by Daniel Raim, 1hr 40 min
Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don’t recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love.
Join film critic Howie Movshovitz, who is the director of film education at CU/Denver, for a talkback on Wednesday July 5 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday July 5 7:00 PM, Thursday July 6 4:30 PM, Friday July 7 4:00 PM, Saturday July 8 2:00 & 6:00 PM
REVIEW by Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com
BOE BLOG XTRA! Harold and Lillian is not just a love story between two people, but a love a letter to cinema itself- especially the often underappreciated and thankless jobs in the realm of Hollywood. In a statement from director Daniel Raim, he reminisces on meeting Harold Michelson for the first time as his student at the AFI Conservatory and Harold’s genius in translating the way a camera “sees” into drawing. As a storyboard artist, Harold creates the equivalent of a visual script- taking what is in a director’s head and turning it a comic book-esque panel that indicate various shots and perspectives. Harold storyboarded films from The Birds to Spaceballs, and according to Raim, Harold’s artwork was used for almost every iconic shot of The Graduate.
A blog post from the Harold and Lillian official film site, tells the story of how Harold became involved with Mike Nichols and The Graduate, even though he didn’t like the book at all, and how he came to love the film and his work in it. And to get a better picture of the storyboarding process and how it shapes the entire visual aesthetic of a film, check out the video below, HOW TO STORYBOARD, from Film, Animation & Post Production studio, nice monster.
Directed by Brett Haley, Starring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon & Nick Offerman, 1hr 33min
Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.
Join film critic and blogger Amy Menell for a talkback on Thursday July 6 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday July 5 4:30 PM, Thursday July 6 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday July 7 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM, Saturday July 8 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
REVIEW by David Fear or Rolling Stone
BOE BLOG XTRA! Even if gender were completely eradicated, actor Sam Elliot would somehow still earn the title of a man’s man. With a notable deep, rich voice and his iconic mustache, Sam Elliott is known in film almost exclusively as a cowboy or a rancher- so much that his new film, The Hero, was written for him to essentially play himself (although not biographical). But where does this perception come from? In this interview with photographer/director Sam Jones, Sam Elliott talks about the men in his life who have shaped him and his perspective on what it means to be a man.
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Dirty Dancing (1987)
Directed by Emile Ardolino, Starring Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey, 1hr 40 min
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.
SHOWTIMES: Friday July 7 8:45 PM
Friday Night Weird goes to Summer Camp! All through July, relive those youthful summer memories- the campfires, the romances, the murder- with your favorite summer camp films. Plus on July 28th — join us for a double screen, double feature with beer and BBQ! Check out our trailer for the July series!
Art & Architecture in Cinema
Hokusai, beyond the Great Wave
The British Museum, 1hr 30min
This fascinating new cinema event, British Museum presents: Hokusai, is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Introduced by arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, and featuring artists David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, this is the first UK biography of Japan’s greatest artist. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. Hokusai spent his life studying and celebrating our common humanity as well as deeply exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a protective presence and potential source of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant striving for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and the only painter with his own emoji.
Join Rebecca Cuscaden, the Dairy’s Visual Arts Curator, for a talkback on Sunday July 9 following the screening at 1:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday July 9 1:00 PM & Wednesday July 12 1:00 PM
EXHIBITION REVIEW by Laura Cumming of the Guardian
BOE BLOG XTRA! The first public national museum, The British Museum has been open since 1759. Today- it is one of the most important cultural destinations in the world. While Hokusai, beyond the Great Wave will focus on the new exhibition celebrating Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai, the museum itself has 10 curatorial and research departments focusing on art from all over the world, coins and prints, and preservational research. Operating for now 258 years, The British Museum is open to ‘all studious and curious persons. Check out the video overview below!
Buster’s Mal Heart
Directed by Sarah Adina Smith, Starring Rami Malek, 1hr 36min
In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows — where he has acquired the nickname “Buster” — to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man. Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) — until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean — or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down.
Join us for a skype Q & A with the filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith on Sunday July 9 following the screening at 4:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday July 9 1:00 PM, Monday July 10 4:30 PM, Tuesday July 11 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM
REVIEW by Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com
BOE BLOG XTRA! A Colorado native, director Sarah Adina Smith believes that location reflects the spirit of story. Her new film Buster’s Mal Heart was shot in Montana, but originally written with Colorado in mind. “I ended up choosing Montana because it’s the kind of place people go to get lost in nature and confront the cosmos. It’s a place that attracts lonely souls, quiet thinkers, and beautifully independent personalities,” she explained to Filmmaker Magazine in a 2016 interview. Like her previous film, The Midnight Swim, Buster’s Mal Heart is interested in the notion of a “spiritual fission” and the awareness of one’s path in life. The film was funded my Gamechanger films a company devoted exclusively to financing female-directed films for the sake of equity. Check out Smith’s full interview with filmmaker here. And the trailer for her first film, The Midnight Swim, now available on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, below.
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: Buster’s Mal Heart
“I’m asking everyone with any sort of adventuresome cinema appetite to come see BUSTER’S MAL HEART, by filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith, who is Skyping in for a Q&A after the Sunday screening. We’ve shown her last two films, Goodbye World, and The Midnight Swim, which I found to both be spectacular, and very well acted, usually by lesser-known actors. But what I really like about Smith’s movies is the naturalistic way that the everyday relationships tell really big stories with historical implications. And Rami Malek is heartbreaking in the role of a Jonah.”
Additional Showtimes for the Week of July 3 — July 9
Monday July 3 4:30 & 7:00 PM, Tuesday July 4 4:30 & 7:00 PM
The Crucible | Old Vic
Wednesday July 5 1:00 PM
Love is in the air this week at the Boedecker Theater- from the adorable real life love story of Harold and Lillian to the 80s-tastic summer camp romance of Johnny and Baby in Dirty Dancing. This week we asked our staff to name their favorite movie romances, couples or love stories on screen.
Jack Hanley- Marketing Consultant & Cinema Programming Advisory Committee
Oskar & Eli, Let the Right One In
Rick Blaine & Captain Louis Renault, Casablanca
Shannon Teppert- Box Office Manager
Peter Parker & Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man
James Goldmill, Marketing Manager
Tom & Izzi, The Fountain
Robert Kloss- Patron Services Associate
The Tramp & The Blind Girl, City Lights
Barry & Lena, Punch Drunk Love
Katie Woodzick, Polk Cafe Supervisor
Joel & Clementine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hedwig & Yitzhak, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Kit Marcy — Assistant Cinema Manager
Turbo Kid & Apple, Turbo Kid
Shay Wescott- Assistant Box Office Manager, Friday Night Weird Programmer
Frodo & Sam, The Lord of the Rings
Harold & Maude
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