Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

Categories: Film and TV

Keanu Reeves in John Wick
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.

As usual, your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice.

Eight Great Local Shops For Last-Minute Halloween Costumes and Accessories

Scott Lentz for Westword.
Halloween is just around the corner, and while many a party-goer has spent months carefully crafting the perfect costume, the rest of us are still scrounging for ideas. But when that dream look finally hits, where do you go to get the best wigs, capes, feather boas and play knives before October 31? Here's a list of the best locally-owned spots around town to find everything you need for a spooky, sexy, gory or goofy get-up. (And don't forget to check out Westword's lists of the best adults-only parties and family-friendly gatherings happening throughout this Halloween week where you can wear said costume!)

See also: Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

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Playbill: Three Plays and Performances in Denver for October 30-November 2

Theresa Dwyer Reid and Jamie Morgan in Theatre Or's Kindertransport at the Mizel Center.
Catch up with a somber chapter in the history of Jewish culture at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center or follow an even darker path and get in the Halloween spirit at local stages this weekend. Keep reading for details.

See also: Vampire Weekend: Theatre of the Vampires

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Review: Buried Child Still Packs a Creepy Wallop

Categories: Theater

The cast of Buried Child
Buried Child
Edge Theatre Company

Sam Shepard's Buried Child which won a Pulitzer in 1979, still carries a creepy wallop. The story of a violently dysfunctional family -- a drunken, abusive father who has destroyed his sons and is now being destroyed in return -- it was hailed as a depiction of the dark side of the American Dream. But while some of the themes are universal, this family is unique.

See also: Best Theater Season 2014 -- Edge Theatre Company

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The Mayday Experiment: Of Trailers and Hardware

My friend Philip Spangler has been here almost three months and is staying one more week, sleeping on a futon in my living room and working on the house every day. By the end of the week the goal is to have a fully-clad, Tyvek-wrapped box with a loft and stairs - and I'll have to do the rest on my own without him, a scary proposition! This summer's rain -- something I told my Ohio born-and-bred friend was a rarity here in the high desert -- has impacted us again and again, making our progress forward halting and slow. However, bad decisions have held us back, too: most notably our choice of a trailer.

Stupidly, I figured I would just find a trailer on Craigslist or go to the trailer store -- that's a thing, right? Even though I had made cursory explorations through Craigslist's reams of purple links (and found many trailers that in hindsight I should have bought), I somehow had the idea in my head that this part was easy, and I'd just wait until Phil was here and grab a trailer. Big mistake.

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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Inspires Big Conversations

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The Night Dial Live Radio Play Brings Classic Halloween Horror to the Bug Theatre

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Courtesy of Richard Karpala
Gone are the days when families would gather around the radio to listen to their favorite serials together. But starting tonight, The Night Dial will bring some of that old-time entertainment back to Denver with a Halloween-themed horror radio play at the Bug Theatre.

The Night Dial is the brainchild of Denver filmmaker Richard Karpala and comic Ryan Mattingly, each of whom wrote one of the two stories on the bill. Karpala's tale, "Them Walkin' Shoes," began as an idea for a short film before morphing into its current form.

See also: Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties

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Christmastime (The Movie) Comes Early to Park Hill

Categories: Film and TV

Candy canes in October? It's all movie magic.
Some folks are always jumping the gun when it comes to holiday decorations. Still, the idea of trotting out the Christmas ornaments before Halloween arrives is so bizarre that it's just not done -- particularly in oh-so-stylish Park Hill.

Unless, of course, you happen to be shooting a movie. A family-friendly, warm-the-cockles venture called Christmastime, with a script set in Boulder. And currently shooting, at the height of sunny Indian summer, in the heart of east Denver.

See also: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Officially Approved to Film in Colorado

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Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

Kyle Huninghake for Westword.
The Día de los Muertos celebration at Pirate: Contemporary Art is a Denver tradition.
History, art, culture and tradition come together in Día de los Muertos, which will go down throughout the upcoming weekend. From gallery gatherings and family-friendly celebrations to cultural workshops and cocktail parties, Day of the Dead attracts city-wide attention across multiple days of great events and celebrations. You can find them all in our online Westword calendar, but here are our top ten ways to celebrate this spirited holiday.

See also: Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties; Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

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Photos: Sci-Fi and Steampunk Cosplay at MileHiCon 46

Costumed geeks roamed the city as MileHiCon blasted off at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center for its 42nd year this past weekend. Cosplay specialist and photographer Danielle Lirette was there to document some of the sci-fi con's best-dressed; keep reading for a sampler.

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It's Election Season and Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Human Rights

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I didn't want to start this conversation with what could be construed as the opening of a screaming match. Even if it is on a virtual page, when a woman is perceived as raising her Internet voice, she is accused of being hysterical, overreactive, agitating, bitchy, bossy, pushy, too assertive, too much or, gasp, un-ladylike. But here we are in 2014 in Colorado, doing battle with people who think women should not have body autonomy -- and it makes me want to scream.

Yup, it's election season and the latest incarnation of that cockroach of a concept that will never die, "personhood," is back, this time in the form of Amendment 67. Amendment 67 wants to criminalize women (and the health-care providers who currently offer safe, legal health care to those women) for making choices about their own bodies.

To echo the many female-identified folks who have fought this fight before me, all I can say is this: I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit.

See also: How not to talk to a woman at a music festival (or anywhere else)

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