Reviews and Blog Posts: films

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Flawless

Despite his untimely death in February of this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman left a legacy of superlative screen credits. While his acting is often discussed in relation to his roles in big box office films like Along Came Polly and Capote, he created a truly diverse oeuvre during his brief life. This Tuesday, our Denver Public Library film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Men in Drag, continues with Flawless -- one of Hoffman's most eccentric and flawless performances on screen.

Rutanya Alda: Notes on The Deer Hunter

Film and stage actress Rutanya Alda has a great memory about her work in film. Her Mommie Dearest Diaries, a diary of her work in and recollections of making the movie, Mommie Dearest, is currently awaiting its publishing home. In tribute to her eclectic career in film and honoring her upcoming visit to Denver, Fresh City Life is showing two of her other well-known movies -- The Deer Hunter and When a Stranger Calls.

Classic Film Showing: Oklahoma! with Shirley Jones

Oklahoma!

It is arguably the finest musical ever translated to film. It's as big and colorful as the state it is named after; Oklahoma! debuts at the Denver Public Library Classic Film Series this Tuesday.

Oklahoma! (1955)
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

The best unknown actor in the world!

His name is Choi Min‑sik and hands down he has to be the best unknown actor in the world!

In South Korea, Choi Min‑sik is one of the top dogs in the film industry. But, when It comes to the United States, Europe, etc., his name is never even mentioned. What a shame! Choi Min‑sik has what we Americans like to call the "IT" factor.

He can play any role and make it legit; the raw emotions he brings are second to none and he can easily compete with the best of them.

Classic Film Series Debuts With Hepburn and Tracy Fest

Their public personas, film roles and private lives intersected in what became one of Hollywood's great love stories. Or was it? There are so many conflicting and curious tales of this amazing duo that it can be difficult to separate reality from rumor and lore from everyday life. See it all on the big screen! Keep up to date on upcoming films and other events at Central on the Fresh City Life calendar.

Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple
Arguably the most durable screen duo in cinema history, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made nine films together from 1942 to 1967. They were also linked together romantically off-screen. Even though Tracy remained married to his wife until his death, he and Hepburn lived together discreetly for many years. See these acting legends in four of their greatest films. Fresh City Life will also be giving away a Hepburn/Tracy film on dvd during the talk back at the end of each film showing!

Movie Series: Too Bad To Miss!

Kindergarten Cop

Are you ready to squirm, groan, and laugh out loud at some of Hollywood's greatest atrocities? Join us this September as we enjoy these too bad to miss films! Vomit bags available upon request.

Thursdays in September at 7 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

 

 

 

September 5: Kindergarten Cop (PG-13)

 

 

 

September 12: The Wicker Man (PG-13)

 

 

 

September 19: Howard the Duck (PG)

 

 

Indian Summer: Bollywood Film Series this August

Saawariya

No one tells a Hollywood fantasy like Hollywood -- with the exception of India. Bollywood is India's cinematic love letter to Hollywood film style.

They are big and bold; saturated with color and costumes; replete with beautiful music and romantic story lines. Bollywood is Hollywood magnified ten times. Denver Public Library samples some of the finest Bollywood has to offer with three exceptional films in August. Free and open to the public.

Coming Attractions: The Blonde Who Terrorized Washington

Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.

Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award.

How Does Hollywood Cry Uncle? Get Bruce!

When you laugh at something funny that an actor or entertainer has said at an awards show, in an interview or as patter in a concert event -- you likely have this man to thank. Hollywood's secret weapon is exposed in the documentary Get Bruce!

Check out this funny documentary at our upcoming film night at the library:

Get Bruce!(1999), Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-9 p.m., Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

CHANGING MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREAM

David and Jackie Siegel

Feature films are supposed to be entertaining, while documentaries present us with grim reality. But the best documentaries often introduce us to extraordinary and intriguing people -- and sometimes go places even the filmmakers didn't anticipate. Here are some documentaries with a few unexpected twists.

Watching a movie doesn't usually make me want to fill up my car with items for the Goodwill, unless that movie is The Queen of Versailles. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started out wanting to tell the story of billionaire David Siegel and buxom third wife Jackie's quest to build the largest and most expensive house in the country. In the middle of filming, though, the housing crisis nearly wiped out Siegel and his predatory timeshare business.

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