Nixon
Nixon

I've been abruptly reminded of both my advancing age and inability to longboard several times in the last week, so I guess that means the students must be back. You're all as young and squirrely as ever, folks. Glad to have you back around town.

You've probably spent at least some portion of the last few months gazing ahead glassy-eyed at a Netflix logo, so if you're hit with the urge to do some movie-watching this semester, why not venture up from the couch/bed/futon/pitiful wad of pillows and sheets and take advantage of some of the smaller movie venues that Boulder has to offer.

First up is the option closest to home for most of you dorm-bound masses living on campus. Throughout each semester, the International Film Series at CU screens art house, international and otherwise interesting movies mostly in Muenzinger Auditorium. (For those of you not yet acquainted with campus, that's the lecture hall due west of Folsom Field.)

Hosted since 1941, IFS screens roughly 100 movies throughout the academic year, both currents and classics. This semester's programming kicks off with a free showing of the Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-led "The Light Between Oceans" on Aug. 30, which actually looks a little too period-dramaish for me, but hey, I'm sure my mom would love it. A handful of free shows usually populate each semester, and tickets for others run $7 for students and $8 for general admission.


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The two films I'm most looking forward to on IFS's fall schedule are "Weiner," a documentary about everyone's favorite crotchshot-posting New York congressman Anthony Weiner and his failed mayoral bid in 2013, which is set to screen in early October, and "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover," director Peter Greenaway's 1989 visceral and ornate story of hatred (and one of my favorites) slated for November. IFS also features an archive of programming extending back to 1998 on its website — a good way to backtrack and introduce yourself to movies that may have flown under the radar.

Next up is a little further downtown on Walnut and 26th at the Dairy Center's Boedecker Theater. The Boe screens arthouse and other movies year-round and operates more like a traditional theater than IFS, with multiple screenings for most films (though both are nonprofit organizations). Tickets for showings run $6 for members and $11 for us common folk.

The Boe is also home to Friday Night Weird, which is exactly what it sounds like — screen oddities shown on Friday nights for fans of weird or otherwise out-there cinema, and this week's movie happens to be, if I can get technical for a minute, super goddamn sweet. Capping off August's theme of "Animation of Alienation" is "Belladonna of Sadness," an LSD-stoked 1970s Japanese animated film that is decidedly gorgeous with its blend of moving watercolors and decidedly not for the touchy with its hypersexual and violent subject matter.

Venture farther along the Front Range and you'll find the Holiday Twin Drive-In up in Fort Collins, one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Colorado. Down in Denver, there's the Esquire Theater, which hosts midnight showings of wonderful shit-tier classics like "The Room" every Friday and Saturday. Movie-watching options abound if you're willing to look for them, so break free of the ease of streaming every once in awhile.

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