On this week's Voice Film club podcast, L.A. Weekly chief film critic Amy Nicholson, Village Voice film critic 'Stephanie Zacharek and Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl discuss two movies opening this weekend, including the James Franco'd Palo Alto, which we fully recommend (although it doesn't open ... More >>
In honor of Miley Cyrus' gig at the Pepsi Center tonight, we here at Team Backbeat would like to honor the Princess of Twerk by providing a comprehensive guide for child stars looking to go rogue. So you're a Barely Legal former child star...welcome to adulthood! Legal cigarettes, voting, and porn ... More >>
Suddenly, it's as if one of the most widely reported stories from late last year never happened.... We're talking about the arrest of 127 Hours inspiration Aron Ralston and his girlfriend, Vita Shannon, on domestic-violence-related allegations. Ralston was quickly cleared of wrongdoing in the case ... More >>
In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of onscr ... More >>
Update: At a hearing this afternoon, charges were dismissed against Aron Ralston in relation to his arrest Saturday night. The incident reportedly revolved around Vita Shannon, identified as Ralston's girlfriend. She's said to have hit him twice in the head, while he allegedly shoved her while leavi ... More >>
Homophobia in popular culture began to fade in the '70s, and for the most part was dead and gone by the '90s. With music, it began with disco and was stomped to death by riot grrrl. In film it was exposed with Boys in the Band, and deemed passé with My Own Private Idaho. Art and fashion have been g ... More >>
Long before the Kardashians and the advent of shock-reality television, there was Network, the whip-smart 1976 satire that predicted the tactics TV stations would one day use to attract viewers. That's just one of the free events in Denver this weekend -- all opportunities to get out and do somethin ... More >>
It's one of those weekends where there are so many events that are crammed into three days, it's hard to focus on what to do. If you decide you want to have fun but hold onto your cash, there are plenty of happenings with an admission price that's less than a Hamilton. Watch The Lion King under the ... More >>
When William Friedkin's Cruising was released in 1979, it was met with protests. The movie, starring Al Pacino, follows an undercover cop as he delves into the gay S&M scene looking for a serial killer, and the gay community protested the negative portrayal. And forty minutes of the film were famous ... More >>
Last Summer, one of more than a dozen films playing at this year's Cinema Q Film Festival.Over the past five years, the Cinema Q Film Festival has grown from a handful of queer-centric films to a full-on weekend showcase of up-and-coming GLBTQ cinema. Keith Garcia, program director for the Sie Film ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 game? (Mile High Report) The New York Times loves it some Ken Salazar. Which, as you can imagine, does not sit well with the folks at Face ... More >>
This glossy combat epic offers a sanitized version of World War I.
Annapolis salutes all the classic boxing cliches.
The Great Raid's compelling story never comes to life.
De Niro -- no surprise -- is the reason to like City by the Sea.