On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>
As I sat in a coffee shop yesterday, camped out with my laptop and a mission to actually get some writing done, I knew full well that I wouldn't really get anything accomplished. Not because I'd be distracted with the mundane cruising of Facebook for hours at a time like I am at home, but because th ... More >>
Amazon gave the green light to several video series this morning, but Those Who Can't, created by Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy of the Denver-based Grawlix comedy group, wasn't on the list. Instead, Amazon will go forward with two other comedy pilots, Betas and Alpha House, as we ... More >>
While some TV series like The Office, Lost and The Simpsons carried on long after they lost the magic that originally captivated us, Arrested Development remained a razor sharp comedy right up to its 2006 cancellation. So it was no small Internet miracle when the news broke that Netflix would be fun ... More >>
Overhearing two pop-culturists argue about this comedy series, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a debate over gun-control or Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Passions can run high when a U.S. Office apologist clashes with a U.K. Office purist, leading to heated exchanges about whether Dav ... More >>
Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and C ... More >>
The Grawlix have been one of the brightest lights on the Denver comedy scene for a couple of years now, most successful comedy team not to come out of Denver -- but to live in Denver. Their crowning achievement thus far, though, has got to be this past weekend's premiere of the Those Who Can't sitco ... More >>
Several of our favorite dives have dried up over the past few years. Fortunately, the Denver area still has an abundance of old-time dives, which we visited while researching the Best of Denver 2013. But who are we kidding? We'd be bellying up to these bars, anyway. Here, in no particular order exce ... More >>
Yes, yes, we all know him as The Weasel, the speech-impaired, blank-eyed wonderboy who confused parents and enthused Gen X-ers in films like Encino Man, Son in Law and Bio-Dome. But Pauly Shore's revival as a standup comedian is more than just a '90s novelty act: Descended from Mitzi Shore, owner of ... More >>
With rare exceptions for the Smart Car, the tandem bike and whatever those contraptions are in the Dr. Seuss books, the human evolutionary process basically stopped when mankind progressed from two legs to two wheels. If you need proof of the superiority of the cycle, look no further than film, wher ... More >>
Nerds are powerful, according to Chris Hardwick. And he should know. The self-proclaimed nerd has started a whole podcast and entertainment website based on nerdiness. He'll bring his popular podcast, Nerdist, live to the Boulder Theater tonight complete with stand-up performances, an interview with ... More >>
The Kentucky Inn, Denver's best dive bar in 2011.Several of our favorite dives dried up last year, including Club 404 (which will reopen under new ownership), Brown Barrel and the Mickey Manor. And 2012 has already been tough on fans of old-time watering holes: Both Gabor's and Music Box Musi ... More >>
Products! Proooooooduuuucts!It's been close to a decade since the gore-spattered snowball of the zombie fad started rolling -- check, for example, George Romero's filmography, which boasts zero Whatever of the Dead flicks between 1990 and 2004 and five in the time since -- and as this Hallowe ... More >>
Denver Zoo Today, on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, groundhog weatherman Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, thus predicting that an early spring is on the way. But last week, on no sort of knob whatsoever, a Denver Zoo prairie dog named Daisy crawled out of her enclosure and did see h ... More >>
When Stranger Than Paradise hit the big screen, in 1984, indie director Jim Jarmusch was right in the thick of a trend: the American movie, made over in a drifting, plotless European sensibility that aped the way life usually continues to unfold, without a real storyline, sometimes in paralle ... More >>
If your kids watch Wet Hot American Summer, they'll think their counselors do heroin.Sending your kid off to summer camp can feel pretty magical to parents -- they get to have some fun, after all, and you don't have to feel guilty about getting some long-overdue personal time. Maybe a short ... More >>
The Rustic Tavern meets all the qualifications of a dive -- and then some.Sample one of Denver's best dive bars at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 5, when Club 404, 404 Broadway, hosts a launch party for Westword Drunk of the Week columnist Drew Bixby's Denver's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving ... More >>
Don't look in the basement.
Vince Vaughn tries to attract a different set of underage babies with Fred Claus.
Adam Sandler finally nails a somber role.
Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie.
Harold Ramis's Ice Harvest is just a reheated Christmas caper.
Romance is alive -- and dead -- in Just Like Heaven.
Stick it to The Man and avoid this slipshod, ugly mess.
Boosters try to bring caddying back to the fore.
Beard House Rules
Karen Finley doesn't beat around the Bush.
Second City brings first-rate humor back to Colorado.
When a bubblehead's bubble bursts, no truth escapes.
Bandits holds out for a hero and gets two: Willis and Thornton.
This young Hamlet is one for the ages.
Sean Penn fails to bring life to the Villa.
Sharon Stone is a Goddess among men in the all-too-human Albert Brooks comedy The Muse.
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 1998