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Errol Morris: Truthseeking Filmmaker

“After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”               --Roger Ebert

Film Director Errol Morris is best known for his captivating documentaries that feature his distinctive cinematic style, a relentless search for the truth, and the minimalist scores of Philip Glass.

How to Fill the Downton Abbey Void in Your Life

Dowager Countess says: Don't be defeatist! It's so middle class.

This Sunday, the final episode of ITV's smash costume drama Downton Abbey aired on Rocky Mountain PBS. For six seasons, we've been watching the house of Crawley as closely as the house of Windsor. (But let's face it, the Crawleys probably have more drama.) Lest you feel bereft in this brave new world, here are some titles from DPL to help you keep calm and carry on in the absence of the Dowager Countess.

If you're not ready to let go just yet:

Artificial Intelligence

I recently watched a somewhat unsettling but thought-provoking film called Ex Machina that explores some of the possibilities (great and terrifying) of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Chi-raq & Lysistrata

Chi-Raq & Lysistrata

I first heard about Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" on NPR the other night. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!  I love that it was inspired by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

The Country and the Gritty: Provincial British Crime Dramas

The English countryside. Pictured: sheep. Not pictured: games afoot.

On the spectrum of British mysteries, there are two extremes that spring immediately to mind. On the one end is the amateur sleuth cracking the case against a deceptively quaint backdrop—think Miss Marple's St. Mary Mead. On the other of the spectrum is the jaded Scotland Yard vet trying to solve London's grittiest crimes, of which Prime Suspect's Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennyson is the prime example.

The Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Performances? - It's Elementary

Through January 31, sleuth fans of all ages will immerse themselves in everything Sherlock at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.   In addition to learning about the life of the detective's creator, Sir Conan Doyle, visitors will solve a mystery, view a replica of 221B Baker Street, explore Sherlockian cultural items, and mingle with historical enactors.

Plaza Voices: Remembering the Dead

With Halloween creeping up right around the corner, you’ve probably also seen the iconic skull (calavera) and skeleton decorations commonly associated with the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. Did you know Día de los Muertos is a public holiday in Mexico, and did not always coincide so directly with Halloween celebrations? Prior to 16th century colonization, it was celebrated during the beginning of summer, its roots going back almost 3,000 years to traditional Aztec festivities.

Booze & Movies

It's five minutes till closing.... It's been a hard work week (not really), but I need a drink (or maybe twelve) to relax and slip away from reality. After clocking out and spending 13.99 (plus tax) at the liquor store, I opened up my first, poured myself liquid gold (Stout), and opened up one of my cabinets looking to find a film (or two).

TEDxMileHigh: Are you going?

TEDxMileHigh

The fifth annual TEDxMileHigh is this Saturday, June 13, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the good news is we can help you get that TED Talk fix even if you are not lucky enough to attend this year, or if you go and you love it so much you just gotta have more!  Not only do we have computers available for public use at all of our locations so you can watch previous TED Talks online, we also have

Silents, Please!

Denver Silent Film Festival

Do you love Silent Films? If so, you simply must check out the Denver Silent Film Festival Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at the University of Denver! Celebrating their fourth festival, they present a wide variety of silent film by programming a captivating and thought-provoking blend of educational and entertaining films. Classics from around the world, as well as rare and restored films will be available for your enjoyment.

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