"The New York Times calls it 'You had me at Wes Anderson,'" say the credits of Saturday Night Live's recent Wes Anderson horror-film parody, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. By assembling the usual suspects of every Anderson film (pastel aesthetics, mod soundtrack, Owen Wilson) while mock ... More >>
Matt Dillon's been all over the board over the years, from his roots as a rough and pretty teen with a James Dean vibe to later comic character roles in films like Singles, The Flamingo Kid and Mr. Wonderful. And somewhere in between, he delivered an unforgettable performance as the Portland junkie ... More >>
There's a long history of musicians who suffered from and overcame (or sometimes didn't overcome) crippling shyness, anxiety and stage fright to fulfill their dreams of standing in the spotlight. That spotlight, it's a cruel, uncaring light. So bright. So uncomfortably warm. Everyone's staring at yo ... More >>
For nearly two years the Nix Brothers and The Grawlix comedy team have been producing mind-burstingly good short films for the web that also screen each month at the Grawlix's Bug Theatre comedy show. With a trio of hyper-real characters that play off each other with a juvenile cruelty and self-deba ... More >>
If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>
Spike Lee's films always carry a social message, but his mastery of aesthetics and storytelling usually transcend any political bias. Yet just like the jazz score in a Woody Allen flick, or obscure pop culture references in one of Quentin Tarantino's little treasures, there inevitably comes a point ... More >>
"An artist is an artist, no matter what form the canvas takes," a pretentious man once said. It's one of those statements that may sound pompous (and is), but is no less true. Over the past fifty years there are endless examples of musicians establishing successful careers on the stage, then find th ... More >>
In honor of the Classic Film Series dedicated to Wes Anderson that started at the Mayan this week, Josiah Hesse served up the top five Wes Anderson one-liners. "Don't worry about me, I'm on mescaline" from The Royal Tenenbaums made the cut -- but isn't included in the Mayan series.
There are endless lists to be made about Wes Anderson films: best music moments, best drug references, best Bill Murray scenes.... Fans of Anderson treasure every second of his films, often committing whole passages to memory; many can mimic the characters on screen, and they're always up for a repe ... More >>
While many people laid out by the pool or devoured BBQ on Memorial Day weekend, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit or old T-shirt and shorts, true street fashion never takes time off. For proof, look no further than these stylistic movers and shakers we found downtown over the holidays, who c ... 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 >>
Craigslist can be a scary, scary place, but that doesn't make any of us visit it any less. When Spark Theater playwright Sean Paul Mahoney decided to write a play about the website's role in Internet and pop culture, he spent hours scouring its Casual Encounters and Missed Connections sections for t ... More >>
Monday, February 7, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
For those old enough to remember, the website was once a novelty, a nebulous idea that companies knew they had to have, but nobody was really sure how or why. These days, it's kind of the same thing with smartphone apps, speculates Amy Burkhardt, a first-time businesswoman who recently co-fou ... More >>
Lola,1575 Boulder Street, is offering a series of classes this fall; tonight's session, which starts at 6 p.m., focuses on tequila, and will be taught by mixologist Jimmy Zanon and chef Duane Walker. Tuition is $25; call 720-570-8686 or go to www.loladenver.com for more information.
A Flickr photo.Fall is in the air, and food events are reflecting the change in season, with pumpkin and cider celebrations as well as classes, wine-tastings and more. Here's a glance at what's on the menu:
Saturday, September 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Hannah Persson Casiotone For the Painfully Alone started out in 1997 as a solo project for songwriter Owen Ashworth. Initially using just a keyboard and a basic drum machine, Ashworth challenged himself to make the most of minimal elements. The result has been a body of work that not only sp ... More >>
There are rumors floating around that the Tom Hanks owned Playtone production company may be discussing the possibilities of turning Green Day's American Idiot (the musical) into a movie. This is, without a doubt, the worst possible news we could feasibly imagine. We're picturing a kind of Garden ... More >>
CQ took itself seriously despite its absurd premise.Movie soundtracks are a difficult beast to master. They have to take an already existing song and apply it to a new medium in a new context. This often works with varying results, and many songs are so overused in soundtracks, they've lost a ... More >>
The 88 Drive-In Theatre For me, there are certain experiences that remind me inexorably of this time of year -- madeleines of spring and summertime, if you will. The smell of sunscreen, for example, and the song of the ice-cream truck echoing through the neighborhood. Over the past couple of years, ... More >>
My first interview with Ryan Hendrix, one of the co-founders of Oklahoma's Colourmusic, didn't happen for one reason or another. But he more than made up for it the second time around. He was incredibly generous with his time, and extremely interesting and honest, too. These qualities come through ... More >>
Everything you wanted to know about being Jewish but were afraid to ask.
Mr. Magorium is far less fantastical than its title.
In Wristcutters, the afterlife is just a lousier version of real life. Oh, and Tom Waits is there.
Wes Andersonís road-trip tale of brotherly love stings with the depth (yes, depth) of his whimsy.
From Dakota Fanning's rape to John Cusack's daddy issues, Sundance 2007 was all about the kiddie porn.
Fast reviews of recent releases
The Squid and the Whale finds moments of joy amid the bitterness of divorce.
Wes Anderson takes Bill Murray out to sea and strands him there.
In Garden State, home is where Zach Braff's heart is.
Adios Esposito (Self-released)
What's a great actor doing in a dump like Mooseport?
The Royal Tenenbaums
Igby shows, once again, that money can't buy happiness.
Even with Jason Schwartzman, Slackers swindles its audience.
DVDs pull back the curtain on the movies, but do you really want to see the Wizard?