Five Foreign-Language Films That Will Scare You in Five Different Languages

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"Audition" features one of the most sinister villains with one of the most delicate appearances.
Nightmares tap into our subconscious and scare us based on our feelings, which is why fear knows no language barriers. So, while the world's cultures are blaringly different, our terrors are universal. The world of foreign horror cinema is also extensive and terrifying, and a plethora of American scary movies have actually been remakes of international flicks, including The Ring, The Grudge and Let the Right One In. And the usual consensus is that the original is scarier.

Go beyond our national borders and check out what frightens the rest of the world. Here are the top five scariest foreign films.

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Five Lesser Works of John Carpenter That Are Worth Exploring

Categories: Geek Speak

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If you don't recognize this John Carpenter film, you're missing out.
John Carpenter is a goddamned genius. Throughout the late '70s and well into the '80s, the best B-movie director to ever live cranked out a startling number of classic films. Not everything he touched during that period turned to gold -- his adaptation of Stephen King's Christine is pretty mediocre, for example, though even that is an accomplishment considering the source material -- but for more than a decade he could do no wrong. His list of classics includes Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, and that's just scratching the surface. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a collection of gems in the rough and forgotten films that, while they don't measure up to his best work, are still enjoyable, action-packed fun. One of those films, his debut Dark Star, is showing tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of Jason Heller's Science Friction series. You should definitely go, and then catch up on the rest of his best overlooked material -- enough to keep your Carpenter queue on Netflix full.

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Denver Modern Home Tour Shows Off the Latest in Local Architecture

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One stop on the tour, 3510 West 18th Avenue in Denver, designed by Studio HT Architecture.
Walk around any neighborhood in Denver and it is easy to see how fast the city is growing -- new architecture seems to be popping up around every corner. This Saturday, October 25, four newly-built homes will open their doors to the public for a closer look as part of the annual Denver Modern Home Tour. See these new builds from the inside out and get to know some of Denver's top designers and architecture firms through their work on this one-of-a-kind tour focusing on the best in contemporary living spaces.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tariana Navas-Nieves

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Tariana Navas-Nieves with artist Xi Zhang.
#49: Tariana Navas-Nieves

As Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, Tariana Navas-Nieves puts her background as a museum curator to work in a million different ways. As she notes in detail below, Navas-Nieves oversees every aspect of the city's cultural face, from its highly visible public art program to the details of how public funding is parsed among arts groups of every discipline. And every event you might attend at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park bears her seal of approval. To her credit, she wields her power while balancing an artful vision and her sense of duty to the city and its constituents. And in her spare time, she's both a mom and a cosmopolitan fashionista. Learn more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Review: Our Vulnerable Western Landscape Stars in Two Solo Shows at Robischon

Categories: Art review


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"In Every Dry Gully, an Ache Lingers," by Kevin O'Connell, pigment print on aluminum.

Kevin O'Connell: Memories of Water
Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry
William Lamson: Automatic

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street

The varied and reliably dramatic vistas of the American West are the reason there's a category of work called Western art. The scenery, from mountains to plains, deserts to lakes, has a celebrity quality about it that has made our region internationally known.

And it's also the reason that artists started coming here more than 150 years ago and continue to do so today. This is the setup for two impressive solos at Robischon Gallery: Kevin O'Connell: Memories of Water and Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry. A third solo on display there, William Lamson: Automatic, isn't set around here but depicts a similar-looking landscape that's actually in South America.

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Jeffrey B. Miller Tackles Epic Tale of Forgotten WWI Heroes and Belgian Relief

Categories: Books

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Refugees fleeing Antwerp, 1914.
Jeff Miller's grandfather never talked much about how he happened to meet Jeff's grandmother while he was assisting civilian relief efforts in German-occupied Belgium during the Great War. That reticence stirred Miller's writerly curiosity about the little-known exploits of the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium, which went to ingenious and extraordinary lengths to prevent the starvation of millions trapped behind enemy lines during the long, bloody conflict.

Thirty years ago Miller inherited many of his grandfather's CRB papers and his grandmother's diary, which offered fresh insights into that grim struggle. That led to a sprawling historical novel, a project that Miller eventually shelved, and now to something even more ambitious: a three-volume nonfiction account detailing the biggest relief effort the world had ever seen. The first volume, Behind the Lines (Millbrown Press), is showing up in bookstores this month, which coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the CRB on October 22, 1914.

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Film Podcast: Oscar Season Opens with Birdman and Listen Up Philip

Categories: Film and TV

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Alison Rosa
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.

It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.

Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Checks Out Chekhov

Categories: Theater

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Jennifer M. Koskinen
Kathleen McCall and Eddie Lopez.
For Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is pretty weak tea. While the play is relatively funny and does have some outrageously inventive moments, the black humor, zany surprise, sheer unfettered impudence and break-the-dishes iconoclasm of Durang's other works is missing. Which may explain why this is the first of the writer's many scripts to have been produced on Broadway -- and with an all-star cast that included David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver.

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The Doctor Is In: Dr. Sketchy's Makes a Triumphant Return

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Vanessa Heart, who'll model for the upcoming Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School session.
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-­Art School -- a life-­drawing class combined with a cabaret show -- is back. Burlesque artist Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin) launched Dr. Sketchy's five years ago, but she put it on unintentional hiatus a few years ago. "I decided it was time to take a break because of all the other crazy stuff I do," she says. "So I talked to other folks who were interested in taking it over and handed over the reins -- but they discovered that they also had very busy lives. So it was a series of people picking it up, getting super-­excited about it, and then realizing they didn't have time to do it."

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Playbill: Three Front Range Plays and Performances for October 22-28

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Badaboom! brings a big dance mashup to the Dairy Center this weekend.
To get in the mood for Halloween, you can head up to Colorado Springs for a campy combination of '60s slasher and beach movies, or hear spooky stories come alive onstage in Denver; meanwhile, dance aficionados can get their fix at an intergenerational mashup in Boulder. Keep reading for details.

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