Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

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Very few people watched Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.

The trio also discusses the latest YA adaptation If I Stay, the BDSM doc Kink, and they wrap with Alan and Amy split on relationship movie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

Sign Painters Shines A Colorful Light on the History of a Hidden Craft

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Faythe Levine and Sam Macon are the minds behind Sign Painters.

For filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, an in sign painting was born one day when Levine happened to observe a sign painter changing the hours on a restaurant's window with a paint brush. Through the film Sign Painters -- which screens for one night only tomorrow evening, August 26, at the Sie FilmCenter -- the collaborators dug deep, interviewing active sign painters of all ages about this everyday occupation and art form. The oral, anecdotal history and visual impact of sign painting on the American landscape are equally explored in this documentary about a once-ubiquitous handmade trade.

In advance of the film's showing, Westword spoke with Macon about how he and Levine tackled the exploration of a craft that has very little written history available.

See also: Kevin Hennessy on making folk art and other signs of the time

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Podcast: Which Expendables Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie

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Photo by Phil Bray - © 2014 - Lionsgate
Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.

Eugene Cordero on Drunk History, Andy Juett and the High Plains Comedy Festival

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Eugene Cordero is an improviser, actor and comedian who developed his skills in the comedy laboratory of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. He's appeared in films like Kings of Summer and Furry Vengeance, had a recurring role on the Showtime series House of Lies, and also done bits on Comedy Central's Kroll Show and Key & Peele. Westword caught up with Cordero for a phone interview before he joins the 65 other comics descending on Denver for this weekend's High Plains Comedy Festival to discuss following the cues of soused storytellers on Drunk History and going to high school with HPCF co-owner Andy Juett.

See also: Kate Berlant on Returning to the High Plains Comedy Festival and Enjoying Confusion

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Roll back to the '80s with The Goonies at the Cycle-In Cinema on Platte Tonight

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The Goonies
New Belgian Brewery will be hosting The Cycle-In Cinema on Platte, August 21 and 28.
With New Belgium Brewery's Tour d' Fat just a few weeks away, the Fort Collins-based brewery is hosting The Cycle-In Cinema on Platte, by REI at Confluence Park, to pave the way for the annual festival. "This week we will be showing The Goonies and next week we will show Pee Wee's Big Adventure," says event organizer Justin Patti of Mile High Field Branding.

See also: Ten Best Denver Movie Theaters for Catching a Summer blockbuster

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Kate Berlant on Returning to the High Plains Comedy Festival and Enjoying Confusion

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Kate Berlant's performances defy easy categorization, full of verbal non sequiturs and tonally absurd. She's crafted a truly sui generis comedic persona untethered to the traditions of the surprisingly hidebound medium of standup. An NYU alumnus, Berlant gained renown in the New York comedy scene, earning glowing (if befuddled) profiles in Playboy and the New York Times. A highlight of last year's High Plains Comedy Festival, Berlant has a groundswell of fans in Denver's comedy community who turned out to see her at one of the first Sexpot Comedy showcases. Westword caught up with Berlant before she returns to Denver for this weekend's High Plains Festival to discuss touring with musicians, finding her unique style, and her contingent of bro fans.

See also: Pete Holmes on the High Plains Comedy Festival and Silver Linings

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Pete Holmes on the High Plains Comedy Festival and Silver Linings

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Pete Holmes is a comedian whose irrepressible spirit has endeared him to audiences nationwide. His last special, Nice Try, the Devil, aired last year on Comedy Central to widespread acclaim; we named it one of the best comedy specials of 2013. Until a couple of months ago, Holmes also hosted the Conan O'Brien-produced talk show The Pete Holmes Show on TBS; his podcast, You Made It Weird, continues to feature in-depth interviews. Holmes is In town this week to co-headline the locally produced High Plains Comedy Festival with his friends and early colleagues Kumail Nanjiani and T.J. Miller. Westword caught up with Holmes to discuss doing festivals with his friends, the silver linings in the aftermath of his show's cancellation, and Adam Cayton-Holland's ridiculous name.

See also: The ten best comedy events in Denver this August

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Robin Williams Remembered in Three-Film Program at Alamo Drafthouse

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Robin Williams in The Fisher King.
Yesterday Robin Williams's wife issued a statement acknowledging the outpouring of support for those who loved the late comedian. "Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched," Susan Schneider said. That outpouring includes many tributes, among a special three-screening program, "Remembering Robin Williams," just announced by Alamo Drafthouse Littleton.

See also: On the Death of Robin Williams and Why Sadness and Depression Are Not the Same

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Score Big with From Deep, Brett Kashmere's basketball documentary

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From Deep, an experimental documentary about basketball, plays Saturday.
Basketball is "the sport that best defines the 21st-century American experience," argues Brett Kashmere, talking about the subject of his documentary From Deep, which will screen at the Sidewinder Tavern on Saturday, August 16. The cinematic essay explores basketball, hip-hop, and the way the progressive narrative of race relations in the United States coincides with the commercialization of music and sports.

See also: Davy Rothbart on Basketball, the Midwest and Medora

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Podcast: How We Will Remember Robin Williams

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Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time.

Listen below.

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