If you’re going to see just 1 Oscar-nominated film…see 5!

So here we are, almost Academy Awards time…Have you seen all the films? Have you heard the scores? And what’s the difference between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing anyway?

This is an unusual year for me as I haven’t seen all the films but if you asked me which one of the nominated films to see—what would I recommend? My answer may surprise you. I would tell you to go see the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts!


Seeking out shorts!

This doesn’t mean that I think the Best Picture nominations aren’t deserving! I’ll give you a quick run-down of how I’d rate them another time, perhaps. What makes this collection of five films from five countries so remarkable? These gems of great storytelling will move you, inspire you, and make you cry or laugh. They represent a distillation of what makes movies amazing: the craft of storytelling at it’s most focused and assured!  So please, go seek out the Shorts Programs. Many big cities are screening the Oscar-nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts and the Documentary Shorts are also brilliant–though that is a 3-hour program.


  • Ennemis Intérieurs — my least favorite

    Sélim Azzazi

    La Femme et le TGV –what a brilliant poster!

    Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff

    Silent Nights — just brilliant and Kim Magnusson’s 6th nominated film!

    Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson

    Sing — great film for the whole family

    Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy

    Timecode — when you gotta dance!

    Juanjo Giménez


Who wants to go to a Grand Opening of a new cinema hot spot in Boulder County?

In the recent weeks, two movie theaters have closed in Boulder County, Colorado: the Regal Colony theater in Louisville and the Twin Peaks Mall Regency Cinema in Longmont.  But no need to mourn for long, movie lovers…Cinebarre is opening in Louisville August 1st!

More than a movie theater, Cinebarre features a bar with local beers, wine and cocktails and a restaurant with menu items that you can order right from your movie seat.  What’s fun is the tagline: Eat. Drink. Watch Movies.  This Drinks-With-Films gal finds that very welcoming!  It’s also good news for local filmmakers as the theater features a pre-show with short films and they’ll consider submissions from local talent! http://cinebarre.com/preshow

When I was living in San Francisco, I used to post film reviews paired with dining options at local restaurants on Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/jillcbrooke/dinner-and-a-movie/ because I believe films are meant to be discussed post-screening.  Plus. I’m not a fan of popcorn for dinner!  Did you know that most theaters make their money not from ticket sales, but mainly from concessions?  That’s why they are forced to keep the prices so high for popcorn and soda!

Now we’ll get enjoy a burger or pizza or even, gasp…a salad! with our movie.  There’s been one in Thorton for a few years but now Cinebarre is coming here.  I’ll be going to the Grand Opening party on Friday, July 31st and if you want to check it out before it’s open to the public.  I’m giving away two free party tickets (for you and a guest) for the first 2 people who click on this link:


I’ll be back with my review of the this new cinema next week!

See you at the movies!