Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. Pacific Rim, a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, is about to open in hundreds of theaters nationwide, released by a major studio and accompanied by a gigantic ad campaign. It's at lea ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver art ... More >>
On the surface, Darren Aronofsky's bleak masterpiece Requiem for a Dream, the screwball musical nun-comedy of Sister Act and a spaghetti Western from Thailand don't have much in common. In the eyes of Denver Film Society programming director Keith Garcia, they all share one important trait: They're ... More >>
In author Sapphire's new novel, The Kid (a semi-sequel to Precious -- the Hollywood adaptation of her '96 novel, Push), we are treated to another relentless marathon of abuse, rape, failed dreams and unsettling conclusions. "Commercial media looks at things in terms of heroes and villains," Sapphire ... More >>
Winona Ryder is so cool, Johnny Depp tattooed "Winona Forever" on his arm when they were engaged. Her first audition was a monologue from Franny & Zooey. Generation X has a crush on her. And we forgive her for the shoplifting. Actors do way worse things. Inspired by our Winona fever, as well ... More >>
Steve GullickMogwai Formed in 1995, Mogwai quickly made a name for itself with adventurous guitar work and a sound that loosened and opened up the imagination. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the Scottish band very much plotted its own course through exploring every sonic whim wit ... More >>
Denver is finally starting to show signs of spring, which means one thing: We need a variety of media that simulates real outdoor activities so we don't actually have to leave the house at any point. Thankfully, Tiger Woods is still somehow a spokesman for a golf game, some new books are comi ... More >>
"Black Swan."The Starz Denver Film Festival has lately gotten very good at choosing future Academy Award nominees or winners to spotlight on its highest profile evenings -- and given the Oscar buzz surrounding Black Swan, Saturday's closing-night offering at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, th ... More >>
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler: bloody but unbowed -- for the moment. Pre-season Oscar forecasters make Mickey Rourke a frontrunner for a Best Actor nod in conjunction with The Wrestler, which made its local debut at the King Center on November 14 as part of the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival, and ... More >>
Judah Friedlander shows viewers the funny in plenty of different venues, including the laugh-inducing NBC sitcom 30 Rock and movies such as the upcoming Eddie Murphy vehicle Meet Dave, not to mention stand-up gigs like his impending four-night run at the Denver Improv (get details here). He ties all ... More >>
That Darren Aronofsky sure is ambitious. Too bad his movie makes no sense.
These heroes may be Incredibles, but they're also normal.
International Film Series
Although this past year wasn't a film blockbuster, it had some bright spots.
Aronofsky's followup to ¼ is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction.