Movie Night at Glob Hosts Colorado Filmmakers This Thursday

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John Golter
Open your eyes to fresh takes on film at this special local showcase.
On any given night in Denver, a film lover has a wide array of movies -- from mainstream fare, to art-house curiosities and even classic repertory -- to choose from. Still, local filmmakers have to work hard to get their visions out into the world when they haven't been blessed with big budgets or massive film festival recognition. Very often these visions come in short form or in pieces in need of a peek to see how they play and might fit into a bigger picture or improve a filmmaker's next work.

John Golter, mastermind of the DIY space Glob, knows this struggle very well for all artists, but has a soft spot for the filmmakers, and has created a home for Denver's cinema babies with his monthly Movie Night at Glob series. Since its 2013 debut, Movie Night at Glob has screened the works of dozens of Colorado filmmakers and this Thursday, January 29, the series has a few more auteurs to add to the roster.

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Chris Baker on Childhood Nostalgia and Two Years of Cartoons & Comedy

Byron Graham
Chris Baker answers a Garfield phone
Cartoons & Comedy is a purely fun shows for crowds and performers alike, a rare glimpse into childhood from the safely ironic distance of years past. The show offers a way to bond over shared memories and laugh at the absurdity we used to innocently accept at face value, all leavened by cheap beer and sugary cereal. Keeping a comedy show going, particularly one that requires such elaborate pre-planning, is impressive feat; in its two short years, Cartoons & Comedy has changed time slots, venues and formats, while retaining its childlike bonhomie and essential spirit and presenting the nimble riffs of Denver's funniest locals and drop-ins from comedy nerd heroes like Ron Funches and Rory Scovel. At the helm of this monthly endeavor is Chris Baker, who hustles his cherubic ass off cutting together a video package of old cartoons, wrestling videos and '80s toy commercials, and booking a lineup of quick-witted comics every month. In advance of the second-anniversary show on January 29, Westword caught up with Baker at Fifty Two 80s, a local retail outlet and archivist of half-forgotten treasures from childhood, to discuss the enduring appeal of nostalgia and coked-out wrestlers.

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Ten Must-Watch Colorado Filmmakers Making Movies Now

Categories: Film and TV

Jamin and Kiowa Winans produce some of Colorado's most imaginative narrative films.
No, Colorado is not Los Angeles or New York. But the homegrown films this state has to offer defy the expectations of moviegoers whose tastes are limited to Hollywood and Indiewood offerings. We have bold, original voices, untamed by industry standards. A host of recent documentaries have made national waves, garnering local filmmakers Academy Awards, prestigious festival screenings, and major network deals, and even feature fiction filmmaking has thrived in recent years. Meanwhile, the University of Colorado Boulder's film program continues to serve as a hub of cinematic experimentation. Here, in alphabetical order, are ten of the state's top filmmakers now making movies.

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Daniel Junge, Louie Psihoyos Show Documentaries at Sundance

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Filmmaker Daniel Junge.
Filmmaker Daniel Junge, who won an Academy Award in 2012 for the documentary short Saving Face, made his official Sundance Film Festival debut yesterday with his new documentary, Being Evel. And another Colorado filmmaker, Louie Psihoyos, was back at the iconic Utah festival this past weekend with his second doc.

See also: Daniel Junge on his Oscar nomination, Saving Face, and the Colorado film industry

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Sundance: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood

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Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, eighteen-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and was ready to conquer the world. But what if Linklater had kept filming? And what if Mason wasn't an actor, but a real teenage boy?

Meet Samuel Klemke. He, too, was the creative kid in class. But Sam was even more ambitious and outgoing. In high school in the 70s, Sam got a video camera and began recording everything himself -- no Oscar-nominated director required.

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Six Reasons Why Suspiria Is a Cut Above Other Horror Films

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Dario Argento's ballet of terror dances its way to the big screen at the Alamo.
Italian horror film maestro Dario Argento has been freaking out audiences since he first burst on the scene in 1970 with the first in a series of Hitchcock-infused thrillers whose titles matched their stylistic terrors: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Cat o' Nine Tails, Four Flies on Grey Velvet and Deep Red. Those early films were based on "giallos," popular books printed on cheap paper (the word itself translates to "yellow," which addresses the paper's distinct hue), which were brimming with sordid tales full of eroticism, murders and all sorts of psychological intrigue and terror.

Argento's first film to stray from and yet expand the giallo formula, 1977's Suspiria -- which screens Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse in its Scream Screen series -- became his cinematic masterpiece and raised the bar for horror filmmakers for decades. Sadly, Argento himself could not best the film in the years that followed.

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Steve Rannazzisi on Fantasy Football and Ridiculous Passions

Steve Rannazzisi is best-known to fans as the long-suffering Kevin MacArthur on FXX's The League, but he's also a prolific standup comedian. Touring the country regularly, Rannazzisi has seen his career progress from humble beginnings working the door at the infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles to performing on Conan, @Mindnight and the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco. We caught up with Rannazzisi in advance of his headlining engagement at Comedy Works to discuss fantasy football fans, putting a new hour together, and why people's passion for the ridiculous is a recipe for comedy.

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Celebrate a Century of Rocky Mountain National Park This Weekend
Winter in the park: Copeland Mountain as seen from Copeland Lake.
Americans love their national parks. And Colorado people love, love, love Rocky Mountain National Park, a 416- square-mile expanse of towering peaks, glacial lakes, tundra, forests and meadows less than two hours' drive from Denver. Despite being much smaller in size than Yellowstone or Yosemite, RMNP typically ranks among the five busiest national parks in the country and last year drew more than 3.4 million visitors, a new record -- just as the park's on the verge of marking its hundredth birthday.

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Ari Shaffir on His New Show, Death Threats, Shroomfest 2015 and Colorado Bro-Dudes

To the untrained eye, Ari Shaffir looks like an overnight success. Hot off the heels of his latest one-hour special Paid Regular, which aired January 16 on Comedy Central, Shaffir has a new series, This Is Not Happening, premiering on the January 22. The taste-making network will also be distributing and showing reruns of Shaffir's first hour, Passive Aggressive. Despite the confluence of successes, Shaffir has been quietly plugging away at his act for years, generating web content like his video series "The Amazing Racist" and steadfastly recording the popular podcast The Skeptic Tank week after week. With all that, Shaffir will be in town at the end of the month to headline at the downtown Comedy Works, his favorite club. We recently caught up with Shaffir to discuss his new special, offending audiences and his love of psilocybin mushrooms.

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Oscars Podcast: Can you Identify the Traits of 'Oscar Bait?'

American Sniper
The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews.

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