Let's start with the ending: the closing credits disclaimer that insists that none of the lead actors in Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac filmed penetrative sex. If there is real sex in the movie, and it sure looks like there is, it must have been done by one of the eight credited sex doubles, listed f ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is currently at the Toronto Film Festival, from where she'll be writing regular blog posts. This is her first in the series. This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto ... More >>
Big pics below.Director Lars von Trier's Melancholia, the red-carpet-premiere attraction at the Denver FilmCenter Colfax opening night for the 2011 Starz Denver Film Festival, is a feel-bad movie that's been declared a masterpiece by critics aplenty. So universal has been the acclaim that any ... More >>
Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia." You can start planning now: The schedule for the 34th annual Starz Denver Film Festival, which runs November 2 through 13 at various venues throughout town, is now available online at the user-friendly Denver Film Society website. DFS member early ticketing ope ... More >>
The art of the music video reached new heights in 2010. There was Charlotte Gainsbourg's amazing collaboration with Beck, Kanye's hip hop ballet extravaganza for his unanimously fawned-over new record, and a dizzying collection of videos from Tame Impala's crew. But it was also an outstanding ... More >>
Soldier of Love, Sade's first album in a decade, grabbed the top spots at Independent Records and Twist & Shout, while coming in at second at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 14. Yeasayer's Odd Blood, released last week on Secretly Canadian, and Spoon's Transference, which came ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>
Fucking A. Ask and ye shall receive, eh? (Well, it's not Denver, but close enough.) Just glimpsed the lineup for this year's Coachella. As far as headliners go, you've got your Jay-Z and your LCD Soundsystem and, uh, let's see here, Thom Yorke and ... yada, yada, yada. Whatever, dude. Five words: Fa ... More >>
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