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The new, moody, Colorado-based horror film ‘Rent-A-Pal’ is terrifyingly lonesome

If you hand us a movie, call it horror or thriller, and tell us it was filmed in Colorado, we’re probably going to watch it. If it also happens to feature Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as the main horror element, we’re even further intrigued. And that’s why we sat down and watched...

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Bill & Ted are the throwback heroes we need during this dark, dark 2020 timeline

For the past three decades, the famous movie characters known simply as ‘Bill and Ted’ have endeared with original and even newer fans of their sci-fi comedies.

What began as Stephen Herek’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” in 1989 might have been considered a lesser-tier cohort of Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the...

Now that museums are reopening, here are our top picks of exhibitions to see

Now that it’s September, significant chunks of public life are reopening not only in Colorado but in New Mexico as well. Down in the Land of Enchantment, closure orders shutting down all of the state-run museums just expired on the first day of the month. This reminded us of one more thing we haven’t been doing since COVID-19...

Get Outta Town: Drive-ins are great and all, but at Movie Manor, they come with a bed

There’s no way that anyone could have predicted it more than a few months in advance, but when it comes to movies, this was the summer of the drive-in.

As naturally social-distanced pods, cars turned out to be the perfect way to watch films – albeit old classics – outside the house. Communities like Durango and...

This year, the Telluride Horror Show is coming ... from inside your house!

As per usual these days, the in-person version of the Telluride Horror Show is canceled, much like the town’s famous film festival that would have happened the first week of September. However, unlike the less terrifying fest, the Horror Show is creeping its way onto the internet.

This year’s “Shelter-in-Place Edition”...

Welcome to the dessert of the real

If you wander into Animas Chocolate Company for chocolate and coffee in September, be sure to check out the art on the walls. Look on these works, ye mighty, and notice how truthfully they portray their subject matter.

“Get Real! An invitational group exhibit of realistic art” will be showing at the shop from Sept. 2...

We finally saw a new movie — “The New Mutants” — in a theater

“You couldn’t pay me to go to a movie theatre right now.”

We remember uttering this once or twice earlier in the pandemic, but it was an empty sentiment anyway. For much of the epidemic, Hollywood basically shut down, and the theaters themselves have been closed, with some of them exploring other options such as...

The History of Leo McCarey’s Love Affair

As we all know, there are a few stories that become so embraced and beloved by both Hollywood and the general public, it becomes practically a tradition to occasionally produce multiple screen interpretations of said stories. The most famous examples of this are the four remakes of William Wellman’s “A Star is Born” (1937);...

Indigi-Show 2020 aims to challenge people’s concepts of indigenous art

Back in February, we reported on the then-upcoming Indigipop X, a South by Southwest-style festival celebrating indigenous media and culture that grew out of the Indigenous Comic-Con. It was one of the many things we were looking forward to this year.

But 2020 has not gone at all how we hoped.

Indigipop X...

Utah artists create epidemic-based ‘Quaranzine’ comic anthology

The more ambitious among us (and we use the term “us” in the very loosest sense) used the COVID-19 quarantine to pick up new skills or start hobbies and projects. One that caught on was making of “quaranzines,” little magazines about life during the pandemic.

Any one can make them — NPR even put together a how-to guide...

Durango is getting a temporary drive-in theater, too

Back in June, we got pretty excited when Allen Theaters decided to put together a makeshift drive-in theater in Farmington. That drive-in is still going strong – and it has since moved into the parking lot of the Allen 8 theater itself on East 20th Street.

If you live on the Colorado side of the state line, guess what...

Teddy Grennan’s new horror flick, “Ravage,” doesn’t add much to the slasher genre, but it offers plenty to fans

For all the influence and impact classic movies have on pop culture, there’s also one unfortunate aspect that needs to be acknowledged. It feels like for every great, acclaimed film that is released, there are dozens of lesser quality knock-offs of the movie.

For horror, this is definitely the case with Tobe Hooper’s...

Allison Leigh Smith’s “Essential Workers” showcases bees

Studio & Gallery, known locally as Studio &, in downtown Durango is full of bees. At least its Recess Gallery is —and the bees are paintings.

If you’re not familiar with Studio &’s Recess Gallery, it’s an 8-cubic-feet nook in the back of the gallery. All of the works are 5-by-7 inches or smaller and sell for...

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