Film Podcast: The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Edition with Guardians, Lucy and Get on Up

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Chadwick Boseman works up a sweat as James Brown.
On this week's , Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against Internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy.

Ralph-Michael Giordano recreates classic Hollywood photos with Colorado actors

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Ralph-Michael Giordano
Kendra Buck as Gloria Swanson
Colorado's independent film scene is booming, says filmmaker and photographer Ralph-Michael Giordano, whose exhibition A Colorado Tribute to Classic Hollywood will be featured at Tenn Street Coffee and Books on First Friday, as part of the Tennyson Street Artwalk. Giordano has spent the last six months rebooting classic photographs of Hollywood stars. The new images feature fourteen Colorado actors posing as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and beyond. In advance of the August 1 opening, Westword spoke with Giordano about his photographs and his homegrown homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Get weird with Gravity Falls, a show for both kids and adults

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If you're afraid that your kids' entertainment isn't sufficiently weird, there's help out there. The second season of Gravity Falls kicks off August 1 on the Disney Channel (don't let that scare you off!), and there's no better way to indoctrinate your kids into the world of the surreal and strange than this show. Don't have any kids? That's fine -- Gravity Falls is pretty goddamn entertaining for adults, too.

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These four players helped desegregate the NFL; watch Forgotten Four at Mile High


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Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football
Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football tells the story of the segregation and integration of the NFL.

Who was the first African American to play Major League Baseball? Jackie Robinson, of course. Larry Doby and Hank Thompson, two other black ball players who joined the majors in 1947, aren't remembered as well, although they experienced the same brutal racism that Robinson did. And although Robinson is often credited with transforming all professional sports in the United States, there were other athletes who did their part.

The documentary, Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football introduces four of the first African American football players to enter the NFL after its reintegration in 1946. Reintegration? That's right. The film tells a critical and forgotten history of the ebbs and flows of race relations in the NFL from racial cooperation to segregation and back through desegregation.

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Code Black director on creating a narrative amidst chaos

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Dr. Ryan McGarry, director of Code Black.
Code Black -- which opens Friday, August 1, at the Sie FilmCenter -- reminds viewers of an astonishing reality of the health-care industry: In emergencies, seconds count. The documentary follows Ryan McGarry, a physician who trained in the trauma bay at Los Angeles County Hospital and brought cameras along for the journey, so you can see exactly what it's like to be a twenty-something suddenly responsible for a human life. Many human lives, in fact.

In advance of the Denver run, we talked to McGarry about the process of making Code Black, some of the biggest issues in health care and more.

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Ten best Denver movie theaters for catching a summer blockbuster

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Too hot to hike? Escaping into a movie theater to glut on popcorn and blockbuster films is one of the tried and true ways to beat the blazing summer sun. Sure, these $200 million Hollywood titans sometimes crash -- but even if they let you down, you can bank on the pleasure of visiting Denver's hottest -- rather, coolest theaters.

What makes them so good? Most have big enough screens, buckets of popcorn and overpriced soda, but the theaters on this list offer something more. Some are cheap; some serve up gourmet meals; others allow viewers to wallow in nostalgia; many are the biggest of the big. Now, turn off your cell phones and relax for our list.

See also: The ten best movie events in Denver in July

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Adam Sank on Last Comic Standing and performing at nudist retreats

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This show has been postponed until September 24: Adam Sank is a nationally renowned comedian who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and VH1's Best Week Ever. In June, he debuted his one-man cabaret show Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show to sell-out crowds. Sank is coming to the Denver Improv on Wednesday, July 30 in September. Westword caught up with Sank to talk about everything from transcending an audience's labels to performing at nudist retreats.

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Tom Miller's Limited Partnership chronicles a forty-year same-sex marriage sealed in Colorado

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Tom Miller's documentary Limited Partnership follows the forty-year marriage of Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan.
Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall continues to defy legal threats and issue same-sex marriage licenses -- just as Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Clela Rorex did four decades ago. In his documentary Limited Partnership, the closing night film at this year's Cinema Q film festival, filmmaker Tom Miller follows the forty-year relationship of a couple Rorex married. Using a wealth of archival footage, the film shows how the ban on same-sex marriage and immigration law have impacted the lives of Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian immigrant Tony Sullivan. In advance of the July 27 program, Westword spoke with Miller about his movie, the equal rights marriage debate and the couple's fight to have their marriage license honored by immigration services.


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Podcast: Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This.

Cinema Q opens tonight with Appropriate Behavior: Can vacuous hipsters fill the void?

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Appropriate Behavior is Cinema Q's opening night film.
With the booming Denver housing market and the influx of hipsters struggling to find meaning in a culture built on a bedrock of irony and flippant fashion, visiting Brooklyn -- ground zero for vacuous aesthetes -- is like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the future Queen City of the Plains. Cinema Q, Denver Film Society's annual LGBT film festival, opens tonight with Appropriate Behavior -- a movie that seems ambivalent about whether it wants to embrace or satirize New York's affluent hipsters.

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