Clear eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose. In the first episode of the critcally acclaimed series, Friday Night Lights, this mantra pulls you into a world that feels all too familiar, but holds your breath barely and steadily because this world is all too magical.
How often are you enamoured by a television series's cinematography? How often is your gut clenched just waiting for the next visceral image? I would assume this is a rare occurrence. What is even more surprising is this was not an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series. Friday Night Lights barely made it through its five seasons due to low ratings, though it possessed extreme critical acclaim. It has heart and it can be appreciated by any group:
They say you can never go back, but I guess you can reboot. Two of my favorite childhood TV shows return to the big and small screens this summer. In addition to The Smurfs film, Cartoon Network has relaunched ThunderCats! While the beloved Rankin & Bass animation has changed, many improvements have been made to the storyline and plot.
I must admit, I tried re-watching the original series a few years ago and was shocked that I could ever have enjoyed such a melodramatic, strange series. I thought that even as a child, my preferences were witty and urbane, emotionally complex, even. Re-watching the original series left me feeling old, disillusioned, and newly aware of just how golden memories of times gone by can really be. The updated series, based on the pilot alone, is a significant improvement and was delightful to watch.
Yes, there are many books, essays, articles, and poems written about Che Guevara's life. So, how about a movie portrayal?
When I first saw the movie Che, parts 1 and 2, I was taken by the location, the cinematography, Benicio del Toro's performance, and the screenplay. We pretty much understand Che's legacy. What was intriguing about the movie, aside from the portrayal's of Che's life, is how the cinematographers captured the richness of the land. The hardships of a revolutionary's life embedded in fighting for the soil beneath their feet.
Don't miss the last night of the Film Fiesta: "It's All about the Food!" on Wednesday, July 27. See the films Tortilla Heaven and Like Water for Chocolate at Su Teatro at The Denver Civic Theater, 721 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Arrive early for the tortilla feast! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie begins at 6:30 p.m. seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. All events are FREE and open to the public, except for parking in some cases. Free parking is available on the street for those that arrive early. Lots are available for $3.00 on the north and south sides of the theater.
Su Teatro at The Denver Civic Theater--303-296-0219.
Three free Film Fiestas remain in July at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theater! On the remaining Wednesdays in July--July 13, 20 and 27--see movies, performers and food related to various Latino cultures.
Plus, Byers Branch Library has related book displays and some children's activities during their regular hours.
All events are FREE and open to the public, except for parking in some cases. Free parking is available on the street for those that arrive early. Lots are available for $3.00 on the north and south sides of the theater.
The holiday weekend promises to be a hot one! Stay cool inside with a movie about American history and culture.
As a child, I looked forward to the Fourth like it was Christmas in July. I wasn't especially patriotic or anything, it was just that the Fourth of July was the one day in the whole year when all of the kids ruled the neighborhood. We had a bike parade, an ice cream social, a block party that took up the whole street, and we shot off fireworks from the time we woke up until midnight, starting with caps and snakes in the daylight and ending with the most dramatic, colorful, and highest-flying for a nighttime spectacle (I didn't grow up in Denver so I wasn't breaking any laws!)