The lobby and bud-bar walls of Herbal Wellness are literally covered with framed head shots of random celebrities, all signed (I assume) to the owner, mostly from people who were big in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Some I got, like Cheech and Chong. But for most of them, I didn't understand the connecti ... More >>
Happy Colorado Day! In honor of this state's birthday, you'll find plenty of free activities around town. Start the weekend out right with tonight's free screening in Civic Center Park of the original, 1969 True Grit , which was filmed in Western Colorado. The scenery is stunning, and so is John Way ... More >>
It takes grit to make a movie in Colorado -- sometimes True Grit. This state's film industry has gotten mixed reviews over the years, but there's no question that producer Hal Wallis created a classic when he made True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, in Colorado in 1969. The San Juan Moun ... More >>
The Western genre isn't entirely comprised of spaghetti or John Wayne talking out the side of his mouth: From its earliest days, filmmakers were putting a comic spin on stories set on the dusty trail, with the genre hitting its apex between the mid '70s and mid '80s. We've gathered this collection o ... More >>
"Heh, heh. Nice John Wayne pin," says Don from behind the counter at the Holiday gas station on State Street in Salt Lake City. He's responding to the sight of my tourmate Alex Edgeworth -- who is the drummer and one half of Lust-Cats of the Gutters -- and her giant pin with Ronald Reagan's face on ... More >>
Moments ago, during an appearance on Peter Boyles's KHOW talk show (and while surrounded by TV cameras), former Congressman Tom Tancredo announced that he's running for governor...again. "I announced 5 minutes ago my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado and look forw ... More >>
John Wayne in 1969's True Grit, which was filmed in Colorado.Today legislators will consider a measure that would provide an economic incentive for filmmakers to work in Colorado -- a rarity these days, as detailed in "The Reel West." But a century ago, there was a booming film business in th ... More >>
Only an asshole gets killed for a car (the Repo Code). The International Film Series at the University of Colorado in Boulder will show a series of films by director Alex Cox over the next few weeks; Cox teaches screenwriting and film production at the school. And while all of his movies, like Sid ... More >>
Mark MangerWhen I first stepped through the doors of the covered wagon-adorned building that houses Westerkamps Steakhouse and Meat Market, which I review in this week's Westword, I thought I was on the way to a quiet breakfast special of pork chops and eggs. What I found, though, was a kitsc ... More >>
"The Searchers."The Colorado legislature just nixed a plan to tack a ten-cent fee onto movie tickets, money that would have been used to provide financial incentives for film companies that want to make movies in this state. As revised, the bill would now ask for donations from movie-goers -- ... 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 >>
We're all entrenched in the talkies these days, and silent films strike most of us as just a little bit hokey. What's with all the broad gesticulating, subtitled inserts and tinkly, melodramatic piano music, anyway? A lot, actually. First, it's food for thought on the subject of how the film indus ... More >>
In this week's edition of Rough Mixes, we printed excerpts of Tom Murphy's recent chat with Dave Dictor from MDC. As you'll see from the full transcript posted after the jump, the band's frontman is still very much an iconoclast championing ideals that are as provactive as the revolving moniker of h ... More >>
Portions of Mr. & Mrs. Smith were filmed in Glenwood Springs. Last week the American Film Institute issued its updated list of the top 100 films of all time. As to be expected, Citizen Kane is still number one, but Casablanca fell to number three in favor of The Godfather. To view the complete lis ... More >>
A look back at the year's flick picks.
A new Stout Street pub with bite.
Saturday, October 1, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Four Brothers makes revenge a frat party.
Minturn Mountain Margarita
The Missing misses plenty, except ancient prejudices.
A restored The Good, the Bad and the Ugly retains its macho charm.
Tom Tancredo is on a crusade to save America -- and he's looking for recruits.
Letters from the issue of Thursday, May 29, 2003
Denver's film fest looks forward and back.
What does old-fashioned patriotic music mean in a newfangled war?
Irwin Winkler builds a rickety House out of saccharine sap.
The release of Apocalypse Now Redux sharpens the debate over the moral complexities of the battlefield.
Once more, a man calls upon the troops to save The Alamo, before it's gone forever.
Western fans should mosey on over to this film series.
Return to Me is so bad it may never go away.
The Ship's Tavern keeps sailing along.
Two-steppin' through a slew of recent country releases.
Can Ciaran Redmond ever rob enough banks to avenge his mother's death?