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 >>
Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color -- a lyric reverie on loss, love, and various invasions of the body -- was in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Well, let's say it was a class shared by a more conventional but no less heady consideration o ... More >>
You could hear a pin drop during the first Sundance screening of writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, an enormously powerful and moving debut feature based on the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by Oakland transit police in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009. Coogler opens the fi ... More >>
Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013's U.S. Dramatic Competition, James Ponsoldt's deeply felt coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now, looked even better after the premiere of The Way Way Back, a ... More >>
By Scott Foundas In his brief remarks before the first public screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford praised the Sundance Institute's ongoing filmmaker development labs as "our core," noting that the festival itself was conceived "to create an audience for the filmmakers in ou ... 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 >>
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 >>
Trailer below.Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies. Today, he shares his take on the fest's ope ... More >>
"The Descendants."Next Monday, October 17, the Starz Denver Film Festival's website will go live with the entire 2011 lineup, and it's a hefty one: a whopping 260 flicks will unspool November 2-13. But today, fest executive director Tom Botelho offers us a preview of the highest profile movi ... More >>
When director Jerry Aronson screened his documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg for Ginsberg himself before the film's release in 1994, the iconic poet is said to have nodded his head and reflectively quipped, "So that's Allen Ginsberg." With good reason: Even all these years later, ... More >>
In years past, putting together a Best of Denver issue was like Sophie's Choice: In order to choose the favorite baby, all the rest of the babies had to die and then Meryl Streep killed herself. Now we have the vast internets and enough space to choose whatever we desire -- in your face, Nazi ... More >>
If you're one of those weirdoes that do your taxes straight away at the end of January, then chances are you've got a big old government check burning a whole in your pocket right now. Thankfully, we've got plenty of stuff for you to spend your money on. If you've got a bad memory, if you're ... More >>
At least they make decent movies.Is it time to already begin thinking about next year's Academy Awards show? Well, if you're like most Americans -- and critics, the venerable Roger Ebert among them -- who watched last night's show, then the answer is "yes." The hipster hosts, 28-year-old An ... More >>
They've been doing this for EIGHTY-THREE years?!? There are a lot of things more important than watching and liveblogging the 2011 Academy Awards - but none of them are things we have to do today. Look for our recap after the show!
Aron Ralston.Yesterday, we previewed Colorado-based 127 Hours subject Aron Ralston's appearance on Minute to Win It last night -- and win it he did. During a program featuring an encouraging video from James Franco, who portrays Ralston in the movie, he aced a game called "Broomski Ball," ear ... More >>
Aron Ralston.Suck it, Andy Warhol. Colorado's own Aron Ralston, who amputated his own arm in 2003 following a bizarre climbing accident, has already gone well beyond your universal fifteen-minutes-of-fame prediction, and the clock's still running. He's the subject of the Academy Award-nominat ... More >>
The BIFF will leave you feeling quite vigorous indeed!For film buffs looking for something a little fresher than the traditional Oscar fare dominating film talk this season, the Boulder International Film Festival offers a meticulously curated batch of movies Colorado audiences have likely ne ... More >>
Madison McKinley.Last week, we introduced you to Vail's Madison McKinley, aka The Bachelor's vampire girl -- so dubbed because of the fangs she had implanted after joining an NYC vamp club. Part of last night's episode involved a public service announcement for the American Red Cross encourag ... More >>
For the second year in a row, a movie with Colorado ties is getting Oscar buzz. In 2010, it was Precious, which was co-produced by Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness of Denver. This time around, it's 127 Hours, which stars James Franco as Aron Ralston, the Colorado climber who cut off his ... More >>
James Franco.It was just a few short weeks ago that Boulder's Aron Ralston introduced 127 Hours -- the story of his self-amputation -- for the Big Night showcase of the Starz Denver Film Festival. And while James Franco's performance as Ralston caused one man to pass out, the rest of the crow ... More >>
Liam Doran/Breckenridge Ski ResortNow we're talkin'1. Opening weekend at Breck. More than six inches of fresh pow for opening day today and 17" so far this week mean you could be skiing or snowboarding on some serious snow right now. Get to it. There are also freshies to be had this weekend a ... More >>
Reports have been coming in from all over the country of people passing out or suffering panic attacks during the infamous arm-amputation scene in the new Danny Boyle and James Franco vehicle 127 Hours, a film based on the true travails of local boy Aron Ralston. Now there's a new incident to ... More >>
Aron Ralston.Director Danny Boyle's films are becoming a staple of the Starz Denver Film Festival's Big Night showcase. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire joyously filled this festival slot, anticipating its march to a Best Picture Oscar. And on Friday, Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, was introduced by ... More >>
Next month, actor James Franco stars in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, a movie that chronicles the grim hours Aron Ralston spent pinned beneath a rock, an experience that provoked the Colorado climber to use one of his arms to cut off the other. But first you can catch Franco in another movie that ... More >>
Penny Chenery.Last month, we shared the trailer for 127 Hours, the James Franco flick about Boulderite Aron Ralston's loss of limb. But Ralston's not the only Boulder resident to go Hollywood. Penny Chenery's the main human character in Secretariat, about the Triple Crown winning horse she ow ... More >>
Aron Ralston.The first trailer for 127 Hours, director Danny Boyle's much-anticipated movie about amped-up Colorado climber Aron Ralston, is now making the rounds of websites and moviehouses. It's sure to whet appetites for the flick, teasing audiences with impending disaster while keeping t ... More >>
Word of an Arrested movie can't quell our depression.Television, as Conan O'Brien will tell you, is a fickle business. They build you up, they use you up, they toss you aside. And sometimes the powers that be don't even wait to use you up -- they just decide that you're done, for reasons tha ... More >>
Judd Apatow's third film as director, Funny People, opens today to lukewarm reviews (including the one you'll find in Westword, by LA Weekly's kick-ass film reviewer Scott Foundas). Like seemingly every other man my age, I'm a fan of Apatow's; the deft combination of dick jokes, self-loathi ... More >>
Courtesy of Flickr.Five years ago you could have stuck Woody Paige in the backfield and banked on five yards a carry. Now, not so much. We take daily cruises through the Colorogoshere, with stops at islands of coherence and insight. Suggest other stops here. What happened to the Broncos running ga ... More >>
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