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Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

Just about all of the big movies of the 40s were also performed on the radio by the starring actors, often introduced by the movies' directors. If a movie turned into a hit it was performed again using other actors in the lead roles. The radio plays never ran more than an hour, so material was always cut. There was more than one version of The Maltese Falcon broadcast over the airwaves, including a version that runs only 30 minutes long.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2013 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

The production isn't trying to rival the movie. What theatrical production could?? A radio production of this was performed the year the movie came out; Stewart and Reed both reprised their roles in said broadcast. Do you think THAT production rivaled the movie? That's not the purpose. It's to use the radio genre to give a different twist to the story. Both can be enjoyed without detracting from either's merits. Different isn't bad, it's just different.

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Posted by USOgirl on 12/12/2013 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

I wanted tickets, and tried online, but their site won't work well with my iMac.
After this review I'll just pass and watch the annual TV showing.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 12/11/2013 at 11:52 AM

Re: “In a look at the shifting art and history of France, the DAM shows, literally, how it's done

Good article. This is what art is to me, whether a drawing or painting. Thanks for capturing the quote.

"How do you describe that fleeting look between confidants? That particular sway of a woman's arm? That which turns a face into a likeness?"

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Posted by anonymousD on 11/07/2013 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

What a load! ^^^^ Let me set everyone straight. if you loved Indiana Jones, you'll love The Lone Ranger. We laughed throughout the film and came away thinking it a shame that people weren't seeing it because of untrue, nasty reviews. this could have been a wonderful start to a series of Lone Ranger movies. Go see it people.

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Posted by Carols Page on 10/29/2013 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

While I think that the shooting of Oscar Grant was awful and caused by extreme negligence by all of the officers involved, the story could have been told at least as powerfully if the director and screenwriters had been willing to be both factually and intellectually honest regarding who Grant actually was and how he lived his life.

Plainly and simply, the filmaking team chose to make Grant more saintly than he actually was to force the audience to their viewpoint, instead of letting us make up our own minds. The director's use of provocative tropes was not only dishonest at its core, but also lousy filmaking. Had Coogler been true to both the story and his subject, he could have created a film that made a difference. Instead, I suspect that most of us will forget the film once the manipulation has leached from our systems.

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Posted by Josh Futterman on 08/30/2013 at 10:08 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

Are all the spots taken for this Saturday? I'm organizing the Colorado Springs leg of a Cultural Tour of Tibetan Monks coming to town Sept. 9 - 14th. Would like to know if this might be a good way to get the word out about their events (sand mandala, meditation, talks, cultural pageant, prayer stone workshop)?

Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 08/29/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

It was such a great first event! Thanks so much Crystal for organizing and mc-ing and I will most definitely be there for the next event this Saturday!

Posted by Alyson Hartwig on 08/28/2013 at 8:18 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

Hey Hannah and the Indy! Nice article. Thanks for the write up!

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Posted by crystal.carter.9216 on 08/28/2013 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Colorado author Diane Mott Davidson serves up her 17th novel

I have read everyone of these novels...they are really fun, and the recipes are delicious.

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Posted by TejonTech on 08/25/2013 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs-based Facebook page wants you to Give a Shit About Nature

Thomas Nelson censors his page like crazy. Anyone who so much as hints towards healthy debate on deeply thoughtful topics is banned. This guy has an ego that's going to be his downfall. It's too bad because nature needs all the help it can get, without ego trips getting in the way.

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Posted by TP on 08/17/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

If you're going to use a big word like Verisimilitude please make sure you understand what that word means. Your reviews tend to be extremely pompous and self-righteous yet intellectually dishonest at best, so I don't know why I'm bothering to waste my time reading this trifling "review".

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Posted by Jinxx32 on 08/03/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

"Verisimilitude is not a "Get Out of Narrative Plausibility Free" card" Yes it is, by definition. Also, if you can't handle the truth, that's your problem.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sean Ardley on 08/03/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Satirical artist Roy Linton re-emerges after 40 years outside of the public's eye

I think that Roy Linton's satirical poster (the start the day with a smile one) is better than Councilman Kings. Maybe Roy should should share it with both the Mayor and King.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 07/27/2013 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

As a mexican who saw this film in a theater full of Mexicans in Mexico, I can tell you: nobody was offended. See, the rest of the world doesn't expect anything better from americans, so we take it with a grin and enjoy the show. If there's anybody offended out there it's the mexicanAMERICANS or whatever-AMERICANS or white-guilt people who've sold their souls to the PC apocalypse where comedic violence only ever must happens to cis-gendered, white, well-accomodate men, otherwise it's wrong to laugh about it. I suppose you didn't take notice of the main character being humiliated by dressing in drag and being assaulted by the female lead, then unceremoniously being thrown into the trunk of her car as if the role of the stereotypical caveman who knocks her bride unconscious and drags her to his man cave to commit rape was reversed. Or, you know, maybe it was just a bit of fun.

Tell me, if men and female are equal in regards to rights and social standing, or at least, we want them to be equal, why is it that it's wrong for a white female character to be the subject of cartoon violence but it's perfectly acceptable for a male to be the victim?

Yes, the film wasn't as good as the first one and it definitely didn't change my life, but it isn't an atrocity that spits on the face of society and equal rights for everyone. Good day.

35 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Rowl Hadrian on 07/21/2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

In some ways I agree. Steriotypes are annoying. But in the end I think I laughed once. Just not a good movie. Boring, tedious, reaching. It's like they took a bunch of shorts, added a Mexican, slapped them together into a movie. I'm not impressed. If you liked the lorax or rango you might like this film. It lacks heart. I wonder if they even had fun making this movie. Or maybe this was just a really long preview for minions comming out in 2014. Sad sad sad...

10 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by metalkingaboutmovies on 07/14/2013 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs-based Facebook page wants you to Give a Shit About Nature

wtf? I don't give a f___ing sh*t about your article. I read the first sentence and enjoyed it. After that, I sort of lost interest. You should just write F___ing sh*t stories only.

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Posted by werle on 07/10/2013 at 7:02 PM

Re: “A non-believer's look at the spectacle of Passages

The Gutenberg press stuff is pretty cool. But if you want to see the first printing press, might I recommend a class in Cantonese?

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/09/2013 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

Wow... "Me 2 is crude, racist, sexist and in entirely well-worn ways"? Seriously?

The movie was fun, silly and exactly what I had hoped for from a fun and silly movie. I suppose you *could* (and have) over-analyzed this light-hearted movie as though it was Tolstoy or Plath - but I think most people would simply enjoy the movie for what it is. Fun!

Lighten up, Ms. Johanson.

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Posted by Mr_Thorns on 07/09/2013 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

Ummmmm, no. According to all reports in this film the explanation of why the Ranger wears a mask is because he is ashamed to be a white person. Awesome, If Depp and this director think we are going to pay good money to get the message "all white people are racist" for 2 and a half hours they are mistaken. If I want to hear that message, I'll watch the George Zimmerman trial or read the Colorado Springs Independent's own Ranger Rich.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/06/2013 at 10:33 AM

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