Author Archives: Scott Rice

David Lynch, Required Viewing, fisticuffs, springtime in Boulder, and Cinema Interruptus

One does not usually associate the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs (CWA) with fisticuffs. The CWA is an annual gathering of really smart folks who talk about art, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human … Continue reading

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Female Trouble is the centerpiece of John Waters’ golden age

Playing July 23-29 at The Grand Illusion Cinema John Waters has made a career out of skull-fucking suburban complacency (two cars, two kids, a mortgage, and the right shoes means everybody’s fine). His vision of the counter-culture is violent, grotesque, … Continue reading

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LET’S DO IT! A night of sex worker made media

I was living in Austin, TX during my early 20s tending bar in the club scene filthy with cheap ecstasy, awesome DJs, and beautiful people. The debauchery was relentless and fairly harmless. I shared a little house in the barrio … Continue reading

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When It Was Blue: filmmaking beyond the narrative

I didn’t attend the University of Colorado because Stan Brakhage taught there. I didn’t know who he was when I landed on campus in the fall of 2000. I soon learned he was the wizened patriarch of the film program … Continue reading

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The Vanished Empire: Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll never looked so smart

Take one 18 year old guy who loves girls, jeans, beer, and rock-n-roll music; add a couple of buddies, a bleak home-front in flux, a potent blend of teenage angst/ennui, and the requisite beautiful girl: what do you get? You … Continue reading

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Wings of Desire: In search of cinematic perfection

I don’t toss around cinematic superlatives like I’m handing out Sweet Tarts. I rarely use the word “perfect” while reviewing a film. If I have used that word it was probably preceded  or followed by a reference to  Tarkovsky, Bunuel, … Continue reading

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Consuming Bergman: The Passion of Anna

“Why does Bergman get away with that?” Steven asked. It was a simple question in reference to the four scenes in The Passion of Anna in which the principal actors deliver direct address monologues musing on the characters they play. … Continue reading

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