Movie Review: To the Wonder

May 14, 2013

Since 1954 the world of cinema has had a definition for filmmakers who use the medium to generate “high art”. The Auteur Theory has been championed by directors like Francois Truffaut, Jean Renoir, and Alfred Hitchcock over the years. The theory asserts that an auteur makes films that share a common aesthetic and break through the wall of studio interference to generate a work of moving art. Terrence Malick is perhaps the best example of an auteur in present cinema. With only five films under his belt Malick is responsible for some of the most important films in the last few decades. In 2011 Malick released Tree of Life, reinventing his style with a more angelic approach to story-telling. His latest effort, To the Wonder, takes all the style of Tree of Life and none of the brilliance.

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Local Band Profile: Mike Ring and the Connection

April 10, 2013

Newcomers Mike Ring and the Connection haven’t been in the Greeley music scene for long, but you’d never know it. Blending folk and electronic pop, the band explodes with a percussive mix of invigorating songs. And while the band has a well-polished studio sound, their passion for live music is what drives them.

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Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

January 17, 2013

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first in a new trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 “Lord of the Rings” prequel of the same name and directed by Peter Jackson. Starring British television favorite and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” star Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins (relative of Frodo Baggins from “LOTR” and previously played by Ian Holm.)

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Review: Nightlands – “Oak Island”

January 8, 2013

Dave Hartley, bassist for Kurt Vile’s The War On Drugs, is set to release his sophomore solo-album, titled Oak Island, on January 22nd of this year under the name Nightlands. With a sound that effortlessly evokes a blend of The Smashing Pumpkins and Bon Iver, Nightlands is poised for a breakthrough year in music.

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