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Transcendence

"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.

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Heaven Is for Real

Faith-based film tries reaching past its audience, but falls back on preaching to its own choir way too much.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Greetings from Boulder

Wish you were here! Sorry I haven't posted for a while. A death in the family, followed by the Conference on World Affairs (where I'm going through "Chinatown" with the audience, as well as serving on other panels) has kept me from my laptop. (See article in the Boulder Daily Camera.)

Roger Ebert (who is greatly missed this year -- but promises to be back for the 60th CWA next year) has been maestro of the Cinema Interruptus program for about the last 30 years. Maura Clare, the CWA's incomparable Conference Coordinator and Director of Public Affairs, sent me a list of all the amazing films Roger has shown over the decades, which I thought I'd share with you:

1970 – 1974 – No films were shown. Most panels were about an hour long, and were series titled. Roger participated in panel discussions about Unisex, The Future of X-Rated Films, Meditation, The Devil’s Advocate: Moving Pictures, TV: The Man With the Power Saw, and Prurience.

75 – Using the series title Persona, "Citizen Kane" was shown and discussed by Roger every day at the Fox Theater on The Hill. In Addition, Roger participated with others on series titled What the Declaration of Independence Does Not Mention: A Right to Property, The Mythology of the American Experience, The Changing Understanding of What is Human and What is Natural in Human Nature, Created Equal but Everywhere Unequal.

76 – "Notorious" (the first Uninterruptus/Interruptus) every day at 4 pm at the Fox Theater on the Hill, using the series title How to Read A Movie.

77 – "The Third Man" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, using the series title Decoding a Movie

78 – "8 1/2," every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, using the series title Analyzing a Film.

79 – "La Dolce Vita" (first of plan to study "La Dolce Vita" at least once every decade) every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, using the series title Analyzing a Film.

80 – "Amarcord" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, using the series title Analyzing a Film.

81 – "Cries and Whispers" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, and the series title changed to Films.

82 – "Taxi Driver" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, series title Analyzing a Film.

83 – "La Dolce Vita" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum, series title Analyzing a Film (second of every decade study).

84 – Roger did not arrive until Tuesday, and using the Fiske Planetarium Tuesday through Friday he discussed two Werner Herzog films, "God's Angry Man" and "Huie's Sermon," one Ranier Werner Fassbinder Film "Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant," one Louis Malle film "My Dinner with Andre," Errol Morris’s "Gates of Heaven" and Les Blank’s "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe." All these were at noon.

85 – "Casablanca" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum series title Film.

86 – "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" every day at noon in the Memorial Forum series title Film.

87 – "3 Women" every day at noon at Macky Auditorium (first Macky use), series title Analyzing a Film.

88 – "The Third Man" every day at noon at Macky Auditorium series title Analyzing a Film,

89 – "Out of the Past" every day at noon at Macky Auditorium series title Film.

90 – "Raging Bull" every day at noon Macky Auditorium series title Film.

91 – "Citizen Kane" every day at noon Macky Auditorium series title Analyzing a Film.

92 – "Silence of the Lambs" every day at 4 pm (first 4 pm showing) Macky Auditorium series title Film.

93 – "JFK" every day at 4 pm Macky Auditorium series title Analyzing a Film.

94 – "La Dolce Vita" (third of every decade study) every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium series title Analyzing a Film.

95 – There was no CWA in 1995.

96 – "Pulp Fiction" at Muenzinger Auditorium every day at 7 pm (designated 19:00 in the program) series titles no longer used.

97 – "Fargo" every day at 7 pm (19:00 in program) at Macky Auditorium.

98 – "Dark City" (film selection changed after program went to press, program says "Vertigo") 7 pm at Macky Auditorium.

99 – "Vertigo" every day at 7 pm at Macky Auditorium.

2000 – "Casablanca" every day at 4 pm (first 4 pm scheduling) Macky Auditorium.

01 – "Fight Club" every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium.

02 – "Mulholland Drive" every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium.

03 – "Floating Weeds" Sunday then Tuesday through Friday, 4 pm at Macky Auditorium; "Tokyo-Ga" Monday only 4 pm at Macky.

04 – "The Rules of the Game" every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium.

05 – "La Dolce Vita" (fourth of every decade study) every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium.

06 – "The Long Goodbye" every day at 4 pm at Macky Auditorium.

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