The Geiger Counter: It’s Miller Time
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For many who grew up skiing, filmmaker Warren Miller’s movies were a glimpse into what athletes were capable of — a goal to accomplish as we were still finding our footing on the bunny slopes. As a kid, I had a (very short-lived) dream of being in his films. I had no chance of becoming a star, but this East Coaster wanted just a sample of that blissful mountain life.
No particular titles stand out in my memory of my dad plopping in the VHS tapes, but I do remember rolling on the floor laughing at Miller’s infamous blooper reels. Yet as much as I loved them, I know I didn’t want to appear in them because it meant something went terribly and hilariously wrong.
Thankfully, Miller’s legacy lives on. “Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story” will be screened locally as part of Summit Film Society’s first event of the year. Directed by Patrick Creadon, the documentary features never-before-seen archives from Miller’s collection while chronicling the legendary filmmaker who has put the sport on the big screen since the 1950s.
Additionally, Creadon’s film came out one year after Miller died in 2018 at age 93, while the documentary was still being produced, and features his final interview.
Miller is seen reminiscing about living in a teardrop trailer and eating rabbit stew while explaining the personal and professional changes of his storied career.
Along with Miller, featured in the film are Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, ski legends Scot Schmidt, Dan and John Egan, Kristen Ulmer, Brad Vancour and Greg Stump as well as various members of Miller’s family and filmmaking team.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge. Tickets cost $14 for general admission, $12 for Vail Resorts employees and $10 for members of Team Breckenridge Sports Club and Team Summit Colorado. They can be purchased at breckfilmfest.org.
If you can’t wait until Tuesday for your fix of skis on screens, head to Wilderness Sports in Dillon at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, for the 15th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Guests can catch 10 inspirational adventure films — from Bjarne Salen’s “Peak Obsession” to Sawyer Thomas and Riis Wilbrecht’s “Colter: A Legacy of Adventure” — as well as enjoy beer from Angry James Brewing Co., snacks and family-friendly crafts from The Frosted Flamingo.
There will be door prizes provided by Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Wilderness Sports. Prizes include Vail Resorts lift tickets, a pack, shovel and probe from Black Diamond, tickets to the Dillon Ice Castles and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Visit bit.ly/bffdillon for more details and to purchase.
While Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” was the superhero movie of 2019, DC’s television properties on The CW just finished its sixth annual crossover event this month. It didn’t have the budget of a feature-length film, however, the five episodes combined in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” made something unlike anything else on television.
The network’s whole range of superheroes teamed up to save every planet in the multiverse from the Anti-Monitor wiping out existence. Yes, it’s fun to watch them fight the baddies, but the true enjoyment comes from the show’s plethora of cameos.
Brandon Routh plays scientist Ray Palmer in the show yet also reprises his role as Superman from the movie “Superman Returns” alongside Tom Welling’s Clark Kent from “Smallville.” Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in practically every animated version, portrays a grizzled version in the flesh while Burt Ward says a line just like Robin from the classic ’60s show. Even Marv Wolfman, the writer of the comic series from the ’80s, joins in.
The best part is that all of the musical cues come back to complete the audiovisual package. It’s a cheesy nostalgia trip, sure. But it can be refreshing to turn off the brain on a cold January day and spend time with superheroes.
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