Film Podcast: Annie, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes and So Much More

Categories: Film and TV

Mr. Turner
We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a strange story about Giles Corey, who famously said, "More weight!" as stones were laid upon him during his witch trial. The end of the year is sort of like that for film critics, who are pressed upon with all the Very Important Movies of the Year. Your hosts Alan Scherstuhl, Stephanie Zacharek, and Amy Nicholson run down many of the movies coming out soon, including:

- Annie
- Leviathan
- Mr. Turner
- The Interview
- Big Eyes
- Unbroken
- Selma
- American Sniper
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
- Winter Sleep
- Into the Woods
- The Gambler

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Sacking Peyton Manning, Dancing Boylesque, Digging Up Bones Make This 2015 Bucket List

Categories: New Year's Eve

Editor's note: It's time to put 2014 into the history books and look forward to 2015 -- but not before one last bash to kick off the transition in style, something you can plan with our New Year's Eve Guide listings. Do you have even bigger plans for the coming twelve months? Now's the time to start thinking about them. To help, five of our writers have laid out their goals for 2015. Find all of their bucket lists on the Show and Tell blog.

When creating a bucket list, one is faced with the reality that time is running out and there are things we have yet to accomplish before we die. While the eternal footman continues to snicker, I tried not to pay attention to that fact while writing this list. Instead, I tried to think of life, possibilities, and what I truly want to do -- even if there's a good chance that some of these won't happen.

See also: Nine Ways to Have a Happy Hipster Christmas

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Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll

Categories: Film and TV

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Marion Cotillard, was voted best actress in this year's film critic's poll.

What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in James Gray’s glorious melodrama The Immigrant, available now on Netflix streaming because Harvey Weinstein doesn’t believe Oscar voters will bite.

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Five Best Ways to Make Your Yuletide Gay

Categories: Events

Santa has a lump of coal for whoever stole the gay out of this ornament.
In the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, Judy Garland (of course) introduced the world to the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which features this line: "Make the yuletide gay." This could have been a watershed moment in homosexual pop culture, inspiring millions of people to turn the holiday into an over-the-top, fabulous celebration. ("Okay, Judy, I will," they said under their breath -- and BOOM, tinsel was born.)

Yes, there's some merit to the argument that used pre-Stonewall, the word "gay" just meant "happy and carefree." Just last year Hallmark got tongues wagging when it changed out that very word from the old holiday jam "Deck the Halls" (with a lyrical origin of 1867) and replaced it with "fun" in a bizarre sweater ornament that seemed crafted to annoy the very (only?) demographic that would ever purchase such a product. Scores of LGBTQ organizations took note and pestered Hallmark with threats of black coal and clothing gifts a size too small with no receipt, and managed to get the company to admit that it had no right to take the "gay" out of Christmas. After all, one of the primary activities of this holiday includes decorating a giant phallic symbol with dozens of shiny balls and then covering everything in (Judy) garland and lace.

Whether you like it or not, Christmas was and always will be gay -- in every definition of the word. Here are five ways to make sure your holiday is fabulous, same sex-y and maybe just a bit too much.

See also: The Five Best Foreign Christmas Films

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Six Holiday Markets for the Last of the Last-Minute Shopping in Denver

Shop for artisanal cheeses and more goodies, Sunday at Broken Shovels Farm.
It's never too late to find everything from original art to lovingly handmade confections and cheeses, so don't lose hope if you haven't finished your shopping. Read on for a list of the best places to do it in style.

See also: The Night Fair Before Christmas

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10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (5 Free!), December 19-21

Categories: Things To Do


Next week is a short one for most of us because of Christmas, and if you're lucky enough to have the whole thing off, we've got plenty of ways to get the party started. Over the next couple of days, you can don your ugliest sweaters, say farewell to friends and party in a castle. Of course we can't fit everything on this list so check out the Westword calendar for more happenings, and let us know about anything we missed in the comments below.

See also: Six Places to Get Your Ugly Sweater On...and Where to Find Something Hideous to Wear

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Tsigereda Gugia Debuts Her Designs at Dress to Impress Fashion Show Saturday

Tsigereda Gugia has been designing since she was a seven-year-old girl in Ethiopia. She moved to the United States for college, and now will showcase her latest designs on Saturday, December 20 at Gazelle Model's Dress to Impress fashion show and clothing sale at the Cherry Creek Hilton Garden Inn, hosted by Abyssinians Familys and La Rue Fashion Parade.

See also: Five Best Menswear Boutiques in Denver

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The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode

Categories: Film and TV

Colbert in the opening of his show's very first episode.
The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited Stephen Colbert furrowed his eyebrows and showed off highlights of his new set. Red letters above him shouted, "The Colbert Report." The title of his show was silhouetted in back of those letters, so it appeared twice. The host's last name was also proclaimed by a plasma-screen on the front of his desk, and it flashed four times on a ticker that ran below it, and was even spelled out on either side of that desk -- "which," he pointed out, "is itself shaped like a giant C." There were nine "Colbert"s in all, not counting the initial he sat in.

See also: The Colbert Report's Ten Funniest Videos About Colorado

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Make a Sock Puppet and Spark Your Inner Artist at Madelife Friday

Categories: Events

Credit D. Scott Clark Photography.
Madelife is a collaborative space where artists can develop their craft.
When creativity sparks in a young person, it tends to get extinguished by societal -- and often parental -- pressures to join "the real world" and get a "real job." But the people behind Madelife want to fan that flame. "A lot of young people are told or just feel like the creative path isn't a realistic avenue to go professionally," says Madelife director Leah Brenner. "It's hard when you're younger. You're just focused on getting a job and being independent. But it's such a pivotal age where you're setting the groundwork. We want to show that that they can be creative and choose a path that's right for them."

See also: Choki Gallery Brings Bhutan to Denver

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Ten Best Commercial Signs on East Colfax

To know the story of Colfax is to truly understand the personality of the Denver metro area. The gravel-and-tar artery that once ushered visitors in from the open road now hosts a variety of people and cultures along America's longest main street. Westword is taking a look at Route 40's history through the signage found in each section of the strip; this edition covers the stretch from Colorado Boulevard to east of Havana. Stay tuned for a final list of central Colfax's greatest signs.

See also: Ten Best Commercial Signs on West Colfax

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