Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
The zombification of America got its start in 1968, when George A. Romero and a bunch of his friends and colleagues released Night of the Living Dead, the scrappy little horror movie that could not only serve as patient zero in the ongoing pop-cultural zombie apocalypse, it also revolutionized horro ... More >>
In a string of films in the 1970s, Robert Altman placed his spin on everything from crime movies (Thieves Like Us, 1974) to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe (The Long Goodbye, 1973). But Altman's self-proclaimed anti-Western, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, which followed popular comedy M*A*S*H in 1971, migh ... More >>
Leave it to Johnny Ballen, the eccentric (and innovative) owner of the Squeaky Bean, to honor the lives of those that have passed with more than just a obligatory R.I.P. It all started years ago at the former Squeaky Bean with Farrah Fawcett (who died of anal cancer) -- and whose death was markedl ... More >>
When he died of cancer yesterday, Roger Ebert was the best-known practitioner of a dying art: newspaper film criticism. Few papers can afford to have a movie reviewer of their own these days, choosing instead to run syndicated pieces by folks like Ebert, who became the unlikeliest of TV personalitie ... More >>
Colorado is home to more than two thousand refugees from Burma, an isolated country in southeast Asia. Among them is Drucie Bathin, the head of the Colorado Rangers Organization, which works on the model of refugees helping refugees, and the subject of our cover story, "A World Away." And what is it ... More >>
Although Roger Ebert's health problems prevent him from participating in the World Affairs Conference, the annual intellectual orgy that's coming to Boulder from April 9 through April 13, the film critic's interruptus program is still a featured attraction -- and is now named after him. This year's ... More >>
New release week is starting to hit its stride again now that summer is basically over. We haven't yet hit the action-packed holiday onslaught, though, and this week, we've got a lot of fantastic and slightly off-the-beaten path stuff to choose from, including autobiographies from Roger Ebert ... More >>
That's disgusting.Ever since Roger Ebert tweeted "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive" roughly twenty seconds after Jackass star Ryan Dunn drunkenly died in a fiery wreck (after which the film critic reportedly cackled wildly for another twenty seconds through his hideous jaw), the in ... More >>
That's right, Newsweek.Few could have anticipated a decade or two ago, when I was a kid growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, what kind of toll the decline of the Big Three automakers would take on the whole state; back then, it was a solidly middle-class and blue-collar place to be from, a p ... More >>
Bring home the burger and shake, baby!What may very well be the greatest of all American burger chains is coming to Denver. Well, not Denver, exactly, but close enough. And, no, it's not In-N-Out, although that, too, will come to Denver at some point in our lifetime. But not yet. Instead, we ... 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 >>
Image via towerofyouth.orgIrv KershnerRest in peace, Irvin Kershner, you director of RoboCop 2 and some film called The Empire Strikes Back. Born in 1923, he died over the weekend at the age of 87 and left behind an oeuvre of great filmmaking -- including no small number of sequels. So it ma ... 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 >>
Tarina WestlundPavement is among the most influential rock bands of the '90s, despite not quite becoming a household name, and you can hear the band's influence in virtually all underground rock since then, from the slightly off-center rhythms, the jagged but melodic guitar riffs and the fasc ... More >>
Donnie DarkoEaster isn't a holiday that's rife with media and art devoted to it. There are few TV specials of which to speak. Save for Christian rock stations, no radio stations devote 24 hour coverage to Easter songs (which would pretty much amount to replaying "Easter Bonnet" and "Peter Cot ... More >>
An image from Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues." Full-length animated films have traditionally been very expensive to make, requiring teams of artists working over a long period of time. As a result, the medium's became the near-exclusive province of powerful studios with deep pockets but a box-o ... More >>
Aisha Tyler suits up. Aisha Tyler may not be the complete package, but she comes a helluva closer than the average human. The Dartmouth grad's appeared in recurring roles on some of television's biggest hits, including Friends and 24, hosted Talk Soup back when that meant something, appeared in fil ... More >>
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University of Colorado International Film Series
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The dead school.
BOULDER'S BIGGEST TALK SHOW OUTLASTED MCCARTHY, THE SIXTIES AND ANGRY FEMINISTS. BUT CAN IT SURVIVE HOWARD HIGMAN?HOWARD'S END THE PARTY'S OVER FOR CU'S CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS--AND ITS EMBATTLED FOUNDER.