School's back in session -- bad news for the young, great news for parents -- and fall is almost here. The end of summer is always a little heartbreaking, but even as the weather cools, the geek scene is just heating up. September is full of great geeky things for Denverites to do, from classic geek ... More >>
If you need something to be thankful for, how about a free screening of the biggest anime of all? The Alamo Drafthouse is bringing Akira to its screen for a special 25th anniversary showing on Monday, November 25, offering anime fans new and old a chance to see the feted classic on the big screen. " ... More >>
When Nan Desu Kan staff member Becca Cressler collapsed on stage during the Cosplay contest at this year's anime convention, everyone in the building stepped in to help. After two grand mal seizures and an extended hospital stay, the uninsured Cressler was left with mounting medical bills -- but aga ... More >>
Celebrating seventeen years as Colorado's premiere anime convention, Nan Desu Kan opens its doors today, taking over the Marriott DTC for a cosplay-packed weekend of fun. With voice-actor guest speakers, educational panels on the industry, cosplay contests and late-night dance parties, NDK has packe ... More >>
You won't have to break out the big bills to have big fun this weekend. You can catch a screening of Finding Nemo or dance the night away at a killer soul and britpop party -- for under $10. See our list of ten picks below; for more events, check out the Westword calendar. And feel free to share mor ... More >>
Yeah, air-conditioning is nice. But this week is all about getting free from your house and enjoying the great outdoors -- for free. You can watch Despicable Me in the park, catch a live dance performance, or see an HBO documentary on a farm. For more events, go to the Westword calendar, and share o ... More >>
The first-ever North American summit on anime -- an invite-only event -- will be held in Colorado on Saturday. Working in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan, the Rocky Mountain Anime Association (parent company of Nan Desu Kan, Colorado's massively successful yearly anime convention) wi ... More >>
If there's one thing that pop culture has taught us, it's that robots fight. From Terminator to Transformers, robots are duking it out everywhere. But maybe it doesn't have to be that way. Maybe some robots just want to dance.
I think that's a pillow.My theory about life is, whatever you do, go hard. If you're into fantasy football or Phish or being Irish, by all means, tell the world. This weekend's installment of the fifteenth annual Nan Desu Kan anime convention experience was just that, an exemplary parade of a ... More >>
When a movie rakes in enough green, green, filthy money to necessitate a sequel, there's a pretty standard set of solutions studios employ to resolve the cognitive dissonance of basically repackaging the same movie -- the villain returns from hell, for example, or there's another mystery to s ... More >>
Bill Plympton has actually eaten all of these things.Although he's been nominated for a couple of Academy Awards, Bill Plympton has always been a little too weird for the mainstream. His surreal animation, in which human forms are stretched, kneaded and punched to their breaking point, is fre ... More >>
Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival is a well-known powerhouse in the gross-out short film arena, which is why when it's here in town this weekend you won't want to miss it. If you're not really certain what to expect, or if you happened to miss it when it was last in town (a ... More >>
Mighty Fudge, the naughty Boulder animation studio that's lately been taking on the likes of Jay Leno and YouTube, is now pimping its newest animated atrocity. Titled "Under the Bed" and starring big-league vocal talent Maggie Roswell (the voice of now-deceased Maude Flanders and other charac ... More >>
This weekend, the best and worst of 2010 in film will be categorically determined (right...) by the Academy and Golden Raspberry Awards, respectively. And while statues are nice, everyone knows that money guides filmmaking to a much greater degree than accolades. So we were wondering -- does ... More >>
Comedy Central announced an awards show devoted to comedy today. It will be called The Comedy Awards and will air simultaneously on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, TV Land and Nick at Night on March 26. On one hand, comedy does tend to get boned in the other major awards, particularly the Oscars ... More >>
The Academy Award nominations are out and they're pretty much what you expected: The King's Speech, Black Swan, The Social Network, etc. This is the second year of the expanded ten movie Best Picture category. And as these things go, the ten nominees are not a bad indication of what stuck wi ... More >>
Gervais pantomimes jerking off Hugh HefnerRicky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for the second time in a row this year -- looks like, as predicted by Gervais himself, he won't make it a third next year. Gervais has never been one to hold a punch, but which monologue hit the hardest? Below, w ... More >>
We'll take it.The top grossing movie of 2009 was, of course, Avatar, and this year the title goes to Toy Story 3. We're calling that social progress, although there's something a little too futuristic about computer-animated movies taking the crown back-to-back -- we're pretty sure it means ... More >>
Festive as shit!The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is among the more baffling holiday traditions out there. Maybe it makes sense if you're in New York, but millions of people elsewhere sit down to watch a parade on TV. Parades are boring in real life! And this isn't just any parade. This is, ... More >>
Let this G.I. Joe film fest get a grip on you.
Blueberry Monster Crunch Disney Magic Selections Rating: One and a half spoons out of four Cereal description: Light-brown wheat and rice rectangles that curl slightly at the edges, like old papers found in a far corner of the attic. The bits are speckled with the occasional dark splotch, which may ... More >>
Incredible Berry Crunch! Disney Magic Selections Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: Yellowish, puffy corn and oat squares accompanied by rough orbs that appear in four different colors more typically associated with ink than food: blue, purple, red and green. There's a name for this ... More >>
The regions biggest and best anime convention is back.
Kung Fu Panda Crunchers Kellogg's Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: The cereal's building blocks are actually building circles -- light tan orbs made of oat and corn flour. Think of them as Kix, or more accurately, fake Kix. These mounds are supplemented by four varieties of marshm ... More >>
Rice Krispies Treats Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: The classic Rice Krispies shape -- a slightly puffed rice kernel -- is still the foundation of Rice Krispies Treats, the cereal spinoff of a marshmallow-laden recipe beloved by people who know more about eating than ... More >>
If you're ready to head off to the box office tonight to check out The Simpsons Movie, you won't regret the decision. The movie, it does not suck. Check out the whole review here. Or, if you want to see what Marge and Homer look like when they're imagined in high-fashion settings, check out our sty ... More >>
The penguins only dance in the globes at Cherry Creek.
Oscar Shorts 2005