A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars fan D.C. Barns decided to enter a contest that had as its grand prize a chance to be in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII. And this week, Barns learned that in the longest of long shots, he'd won the grand prize: He'll be ... More >>
I thought I was done with Star Wars. I really did. While I can't deny that Star Wars was my first geek love, as it was for nearly every kid of my generation, our relationship has been rocky for almost fifteen years now, since the release of The Phantom Menace. The subsequent movies did a bit to patc ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast: We get wrapped up (couldn't resist) in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2, comparing the movie to the comics and this latest Marc Webb version of the story to the Sam Raimi series. If you're at all interested in the sequel, you'll enjoy this week's spidey episode. ... More >>
Like any subculture, geek culture has its own terminology. A lot of it is self-explanatory, but some of it requires some foreknowledge or insight to really understand. Naturally, most geeks reading this will have that terminology on lockdown, but for the merely geek-curious, it can all be a bit conf ... More >>
Stefan Moton, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, has filed a lawsuit against theater owner Century Theatres, Inc. Like other lawsuits filed by victims, Moton's claim alleges that the theater was lacking in security, allowing a gunman to prop open an emergency ... More >>
I'm among the petulant grumblers about super-popular movies getting prequels, gaining sequels and being retrofitted to appeal to current fans while grabbing up new fans with sexy, glammy, glitzy things like turbo-hottie actors and actresses and the expensive magic of CGI. But I grumble because I car ... More >>
The Aurora Century 16 -- now known as the Aurora Century -- will reopen tomorrow, after tonight's "evening of remembrance" for the victims of the July 20 shooting. And through the weekend, Cinemark, the owner of the facility, will show free movies:The Bourne Legacy, Cloud Atlas, Finding Nemo 3D, Fli ... More >>
Who would have thought that our humble state of Colorado could have hosted so many video games? While for many developers Colorado seems to be synonymous with little more than "snow," these games will take you everywhere from explosive recreations of '90s blockbusters to wholesome educational progra ... More >>
Could the X-Men and other characters created by Stan Lee belong to a Colorado company? That's the contention of a lawsuit filed here by locally based Stan Lee Media, Inc. against The Walt Disney Company. The suit claims SLMI is entitled to "billions of dollars of profits" from movies and more even t ... More >>
After the Aurora theater shooting, the Century 16, where a twelve people died and dozens more were hurt during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, closed, and there are very real doubts about whether it will ever re-open. Nonetheless, pages for the theater remain on all the major online m ... More >>
Update below: The Aurora theater shooting took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, who released a statement afterward expressing his horror at the event that took the lives of twelve people. Now, he's sharing those emotions in person, during a visit with vict ... More >>
Editor's note: Sam Levin is at Gateway High School, near the scene of the Aurora Century 16 theater shooting. People continue to gather at Gateway High School, where witnesses were taken after the attack -- among them more and more panicked individuals trying to find out whether friends and loved o ... More >>
Whenever there's a shocking example of firearm mayhem like the shootings at the Aurora Century 16 theater, it doesn't take long for those on either side of the pistol-availability argument to start trying to make ideological points. Prime examples: Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, who wondered wh ... More >>
"Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture; we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters, and we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self-confessed sci-fi geek. And on May 4, Landes's City, O' City hosted a full-on orgy of nerdness with the M ... More >>
Dune "Cocktail" This scene from Dune made our list of David Lynch's ten weirdest scenes, by film, which inspired one commenter to say that Lynch "sucks."
Courtesy of Charlie RossThe road to Alderon was paved with good intentions, as was One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, but unfortunately the Force can't fix everything. Charlie Ross's solo adaptation of the first (not the second, thank Emperor Palpatine!) Star Wars trilogy was presented to a packed ... More >>
The Cold War was America's perfect war. Hear me out on this one: No matter what their purpose, whether just (World War II) or crass (the Vietnam War), wars are ultimately pretty depressing. They involve a lot of dying in horrifying and gruesome ways that leave their participants forever scarr ... More >>
What's the best way to perk up a tired movie franchise? Most of the time, there is no way. But movie producers still continue to try by taking the old characters overseas and hoping the new locale will reheat the leftovers. Case in point: Cars 2. The film comes out this Friday and promises to ... More >>
LucasFilm has had a long and storied past dealing with fans, which is a large chunk of what the film The People vs. George Lucas, which is screening this weekend at Denver FilmCenter, deals with. When fans first started making films inspired by Star Wars, LucasFilm quickly started sending out ... More >>
Why yes, yes someone did.What with Tobey Maguire all sincerely pining for Mary Jane and the (admittedly badass) spectacle of CGI overload in the new Spider-Man movies, we occasionally long for the good old days, the days when Spider-Man was shittily drawn and was sort of a dick. Well, that se ... More >>
Tron: Legacy, hittin' the streets on DVD and bluray yesterday, was supposed to be a coup of geekery. A sequel no one really wanted but diehard fans of a box office flop from 1982; it got made anyway -- and against all odds, it looked like awesome 3D geeknip. Jeff Bridges was back and young due to ad ... More >>
Is there anyone there?In a way, there's nothing sadder than obsolescence, a thing no longer useful left to fall into misuse and disrepair -- and there's maybe no better example of that than the pay phone. That's why, for the past couple of weeks, we've been highlighting one Sad Payphone of th ... More >>
Marketing stuff to kids is pretty easy -- which is why the government prevented tobacco companies from doing it -- even subtly, supposedly accidentally -- a few years back. McDonald's Happy Meals are the latest to feel their knuckles rapped by this particular ruler -- the obesity epidemic am ... More >>
We don't know if you've noticed or not, but Hollywood has a knack for remaking films (brazenly displaying its pronounced lack of creativity). These movies tend to fall into one of three categories: Pop-film, genre-film or foreign. We've never fully understood the system of how they decide w ... More >>
In the movie The Dark Knight, the Joker conducts a nail-biting sociology experiment by rigging bombs on two ships -- one loaded with ordinary folk, the other transporting prisoners. A detonator for each bomb is then placed in the hands of the opposing camps, who are invited to blow up the oth ... More >>
Remakes cant hold a candle to The Last Man on Earth.
The Bad Astronomers book chronicles the end of the world.
Red Rocks hosts Blade Runner for Film on the Rocks.
This week, the Candy Girls decided to try a few of the limited edition flavors released by the Mars candy company to celebrate the release of the first Indiana Jones film in almost 20 years. The Snickers Adventure Bar promises to "Satisfy your taste for adventure! Rich Chocolate. Crunchy nuts. And a ... More >>