"I was appalled and disappointed," says Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek of Spike Lee's Oldboy on this week's Voice Film podcast. "I love [Park Chan-wook's] original and watching Spike Lee's version, there were big differences I was picking up on. "Then I went back and looked at the or ... More >>
Thor: The Dark World just doesn't compare to the 2011 original, in spite of its few redeeming qualities. That's the consensus among this paper's film critics on this week's Voice Film Club podcast, available now. Listen to the Voice Film Club podcast. "[The original Thor movie] was so unbelievably ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, our critics discuss the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club, the late Lou Reed, 1983's Get Crazy, 1979's The Visitor, and 2008's In Bruges.Matthew McConaughey extends his streak of taking on challenging roles in Dallas Buyers Club (opening in Denver next week), playin ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Kimberly Peirce's reimagining of Stephen King's Carrie -- and Nicholson convinces Stephanie to go see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson disagree on Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave -- a beautifully shot film, contrasting the all-too-visible evil of mankind.
In this week's Voice Film Club podcast, our critics discuss Captain Phillips and Machete Kills, both out on Friday, October 11.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek both praise Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock), saying the director exhibits a "lovely human touch" with film, which is set in space, and that it's "so differe ... More >>
A few years after being formed by Rozz Williams in 1979, Christian Death released Only Theater of Pain, an album that's considered to be a classic of both death rock and post-punk. With its dark lyrics and themes, the group embodies the aesthetic and sound of gothic rock better than most other bands ... More >>
At this point, most marijuana advocates have stopped holding their breath while waiting for the federal government to decide whether or not it will interfere with Amendment 64, passed by voters here last November. Now, however, a powerful new voice has joined the chorus of those asking that the Oba ... More >>
Comic-Con packed in talent and fans alike in San Diego all weekend. Liz Ohanesian covered the action for L.A. Weekly, one of our partner papers; here's her fourth report. In Southern California, you can be certain that the bigger the event, the more religious protesters you'll see across the stree ... More >>
DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>
I was back in Denver for three weeks last month, during which I ate what was basically one continuous meal interspersed with brief lulls that occurred when I had to switch venues or go to sleep (which was sort of often, given the food comas and also the drowsiness that comes on after the day-drinkin ... More >>
SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ WINTER PARK | FRI-SUN, 3/8-3/10 If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the apt ... More >>
Girls Gone Wild will land in Denver on Sunday, when the Back to School Tour 2012 stops at PT's Showclub at 1601 West Evans Avenue at 9 p.m. But Joe Francis, the founder of Girls Gone Wild, isn't that wild himself these days -- or so his company would like to have people believe. Show and Tell just ... More >>
Science Fiction Land could have been huge. Proposed in 1979, the idea was to build a huge theme park in Aurora with a holographic zoo and a 1,000-lane bowling alley attended by robots. The park was to also serve as the set of a $50 million sci-fi flick called Lord of Light. The movie never happened, ... More >>
The first edition of Westword hit the streets of Denver in September 1977. Over the past 35 years, Westword has gone through many changes -- as has the publishing industry in general, and the alternative newspaper industry in particular. But our basic mission has not changed: to cover (and sometimes ... More >>
See also: - Deadmau5 disses Playboy model for her tweet joking about Batman shooting - Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer honors Aurora shooting victims - Tim McGraw and other musicians pay tribute to the Aurora shooting victims - Neil Diamond donates proceeds from merch sales to Aurora Victim R ... More >>
When Gil Reyes realized that TV news was doing little to cover the passing of beloved musician Elliott Smith, he decided to go out searching on his own. What he discovered through interviews with the artist's friends, former bandmates and the girlfriend who many blame for his death, is a portrait of ... More >>
With any incident as shocking as the Aurora theater shootings, authorities are always fearful of copycats. Which explains the weekend arrest of Clark Tabor, who was introduced to handcuffs after allegedly making references to the Colorado tragedy -- and a gun -- in a Los Angeles-area theater screen ... More >>
Also see: - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day Two Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance ... More >>
Also see: - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day Two [Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announ ... More >>
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>
Oh, man, our West Coast counterparts at the LA Weekly and OC Weekly were on the ground reporting from Coachella all weekend, and they brought back some really great stuff, giving a chance for land-locked music lovers like us who watched the stream on YouTube to live vicariously: • "What My Spirit ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
The main virtual hall Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virt ... More >>
A former location of the Spicy Pickle.Ask Kevin Morrison why the Spicy Pickle chain went belly up, and the former executive of that company, who now owns Pinche Tacos, doesn't exactly mince words. "When you have people who aren't businesspeople or restaurant people trying to run a restaurant ... More >>
Just a month ago Jonathan Gold -- Pulitzer Prize-winning critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly -- heaped praise on Steve Ells, founder and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, the company that got its start at a burrito shop on East Evans Avenue and exploded into a giant international company. Gol ... More >>
Timothy NorrisMotörhead in March in LA.Stop showering now. You may be almost sleazy enough to enjoy Motörhead when the legendary NWBHM band returns to Denver in the February cold for Megadeth's Gigantour with Volbeat and Lacuna Coil. The show is slated for Tuesday, February 28, at the Fill ... More >>
ChipotleJonathan Gold calls Steve Ells the most innovative man in food"The most innovative man in the world of food at the moment is Chipotle founder Steve Ells," writes Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly, in a profile of the CEO that r ... More >>
GameRapper Game hits the the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 2 and the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, November 3 as part of R.E.D. Tour in support of his fourth album,The R.E.D. Album, which came out in August on Interscope/DGC after almost two years of delays. Game was a recent cover-story su ... More >>
Just a few of the master tapes left behind at Time Capsule StudiosTucked inside the sleeve of the latest Foo Fighters record you'll find an inch long piece of tape that resembles a film negative. If you're not paying attention when you rip open the packaging, you'll miss the sticker on the sh ... More >>
One by one, the Smashing Pumpkins have been posting tracks from its 44-song release, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, as they're being written and recorded. So far, the band is ten songs in on this platter -- its eighth -- a concept album reportedly inspired by the Tarot. That Billy Corgan. Our si ... More >>
Lori MidsonWhen I reviewed the Squeaky Bean nine months ago, I was amused and delighted by what Max MacKissock was dreaming up in his tiny kitchen, playing with classic American dishes and making them into something new and unexpected. A reimagined shepherd's pie, light enough for a summer ev ... More >>
Brian Vicente.First there was Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. Now it's Big Pot's turn to flex its muscles. That's the idea behind the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), reportedly the first national trade group for the cannabis industry -- and one that's packed with familiar Colorado ... More >>
See Denver rally photos.If you were outside enjoying the fall weather this weekend, and not holed up in your home watching Comedy Central, you might have missed the airing of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," hosted by the cable channel's fake newscasters/real pundits Jon Stewart and ... More >>
Inspired by our own "Top 3 reasons why your bartender hates you" and "8 Reasons why your drug dealer hates you" from our sister paper, LA Weekly, we here at Mile Highs and Lows decided to throw together the entirely Top 5 Reasons Why Your Budtender Hates You.
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 >>
Clearly, Michael Jackson's memorial, which is being held in a few hours in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, is the biggest music news story of the day -- and perhaps the year. Amongst all the wall-to-wall coverage (KCRW, the public radio station out of Santa Monica, is slated to simulcast the even ... More >>
Let's hope your Christmas was better than this. Here's you guide to all the great content on Backbeat Online you might have missed this week while you were busy getting trampled by crazed shoppers at Walmart, heavily drinking or wishing you didn't have to hang with the in-laws.
New York State of Mind
Domino chronicles the life of a model turned bounty hunter.