The entertainment industry, with its long-established allergy to new ideas, often mines the bestseller list for source material. Studios are more likely greenlight a scary story after it has been officially vetted by the reading public, and less likely to interfere with a proven earner. In horror ci ... More >>
Five Easy Pieces was a turning point for both its star, Jack Nicholson, and director Bob Rafelson when it came out in 1970 (they'd already collaborated on the psychedelic Monkees vehicle Head). Nicholson, who'd previously worked on a series of B-movie projects with Roger Corman and also tried his ha ... More >>
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. We geeks watch a lot of bad movies. It's not like we have a choice, really. We like the kind of movies that we like, and the sad truth is a lot of genre stuff is pretty shitty. Take space operas, fo ... More >>
When filmmaker Alex Cox finished shooting Repo Man in 1983, the first thing he did with the left-over money was option the film rights to the science fiction novel Bill, the Galactic Hero. Now both projects are back in the spotlight. The Criterion Collection recently released a Blu-Ray edition of th ... More >>
At The ABCs of Death, in its final night at the Sie FilmCenter, you're going to get the equivalent of horror tapas -- one short, punchy tale for each letter of the alphabet, each delivered by a current or rising star in the genre. It's a tasty appetizer that can serve as a meal in and of itself, but ... More >>
PHAMALY is an amazing asset to the Colorado arts scene, a theater company composed entirely of performers facing a wide variety of physical challenges. The group's goal is to provide professional theater opportunities and artistic development for performers with disabilities and to promote the inclu ... More >>
All of these rain-soaked evenings have been keeping us locked indoors lately, and while we've got stockpiles of media to keep us entertained, that doesn't mean we don't want more. Of course, being that it's summertime, the media conglomerates have all teamed up to narrow the spectrum of new r ... More >>
Tonight at the Denver Botanical Gardens, writer Amy Stewart will be presenting a history of killer plants of the very real variety. While that's all well and good, we prefer to keep our deadly botanical assassins in the realm of the fiction so we can still sleep through the night. Killer plan ... More >>
Ever since 3D was initially introduced to cinemas, people have complained about having to wear special glasses in order to enjoy the experience. Well, some people have complained, others just walk out of the theater vomiting all over their shoes. The glasses problem has been an issue for a lo ... More >>
This list might have just as easily been titled Ten great Japanese horror movies in the vein of Kuroneko, since we're only dealing with a certain type of horror film here. Kuroneko, which premiers at the Denver FilmCenter on Friday, is a more subdued, fantasy-driven horror than the type peopl ... More >>
"What was the best job you ever had? Mine was reading comics all day." That's how cartoonist Lynda Barry begins her comic-strip introduction as editor of The Best American Comics 2008, for which she chose the contents. And I suspect Art Spiegelman would agree, as I learned during a recent intervi ... More >>
Punisher: War Zone kicks ass. And then it kicks some more ass.
Crazed caper feeds our appetite for laughs.
Friday, February 15, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7624.
Local filmmaker Kim Roberts gets her big-screen debut.
Alexandra Patsavas creates the soundtrack of our lives.
It ain't quite Fantastic, but it'll do in a pinch.
Fiend Without a Face
Along for the ride on the Silver City Express.
This Manchurian Candidate overhaul goes for the giggle.
Hell Yeah! (Epitaph)
This summer's movies could withstand the drought.
Stop Making Sense
Hopkins without Foster just doesn't cut it.
Or: How do you bring a comic book to life without killing a superhero?