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Unsurprisingly, 2020 ended on a totally underwhelming note for film

During normal times, I would usually spend the first week of the new year going through all the movies that were released throughout the previous year. This would give me a list the top ten films I enjoyed the most. This is always a fun and easy way to put together a quick wrap-up article — and it makes me appreciate all the...

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How politics have been portrayed on film over the years

As the US presidential election season finally winds down and nears its end, a sense of relief for many different reasons soars throughout the country. What’s interesting is how much faster jokes and commentary on political figures age more than regular people in history or pop culture.

The current US president, Donald...

Shiprock filmmaker Kody Dayish honored for recent film “Parole”

The ongoing you-know-what may have brought filmmaking, like many other industries, to a standstill, but that hasn’t stopped local filmmakers from being honored for their work.

Kody Dayish, originally from Shiprock and the Sanostee Chapter area, is one such artist. He started the year off well, screening two of his...

The Sundance Film Festival plans to show movies in theaters ... even in Colorado

A few days into December, Warner Bros. announced that all of the movies it is releasing in 2019 will hit streaming and theaters at the same time. The fact that a major Hollywood studio is willing to dump an entire year’s worth of films onto HBO Max would seem to indicate that it doesn’t have much faith that things will return...

Get Outta Town: Have a yabba-dabba-doo time in Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona is full of ancient ruins left behind by bygone civilizations. Few, however, are as easily recognizable as the dwellings to be found in Valle, Arizona, northwest of Flagstaff.

The site is remarkably well preserved, especially given that it dates back to a period of the paleolithic era when humans lived...

New Directors/New Films festival brings engaging new movies to your couch

If there’s any part of the arts and entertainment world that the coronavirus pandemic has given us a renewed appreciation for, it’s film festivals. While some of the largest ones were flat-out canceled, many others pivoted into the digital world, not only giving their regular viewers something to look forward to watching, but...

Buying local art as holiday gifts supports the community during COVID-19

For the last eight years, Durango’s Studio & Gallery has put on the Bizarre Bazaar, an event in which the gallery hosts more than a dozen local artists and their works so you can go buy them as holiday gifts. But naturally, that same thing that canceled everything else this year and turned 2020 into the ultimate suckfest...

“Happiest Season” is an oddly compelling mix of holiday romcom and LGBTQ film

While looking for something to do on Thanksgiving, we stumbled into one of the most surprising movies we’ve seen this year — “Happiest Season,” directed by Clea DuVall and streaming on Hulu. We generally don’t find ourselves compelled to watch the Christmas-themed romantic comedies that come out in droves every November,...

Meal kit design brings a whole new meaning to “you are what you eat”

The way things have been going this year, would it surprise anyone if we all woke up in a David Cronenburg body-horror film? While it’s not quite something out of “Scanners” or “Videodrome,” the one of the nominees of this year’s Beazley Designs of Year at the Design Museum of London is still quite unsettling.

Several...

“Let Him Go” is one of the nicer surprises to come out of Hollywood in 2020

The first movie to hit audiences at the tail end of the US presidential election has nothing to do with politics but is in actuality an eerie period drama with acting vets Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Thomas Bezucha’s “Let Him Go,” based on a 2013 novel of the same title by Larry Watson, is only a little bit misleading based...

Three comedic films for a stay-at-home for the holidays Thanksgiving

Let’s face it. There’s less incentive to head home for Thanksgiving this year than any other year in recent memory.

Can you imagine sitting around a table, trying to enjoy a holiday meal with your worst relatives — the ones with bad takes on who won the election, the state of race relations in America, and whether or...

Stillhouse Junkies hosting online concert series through February

How does Stillhouse Junkies fiddle player Alissa Wolf feel about the onset of winter and COVID-19 effectively sending live music back into the digital realm?

“It sucks,” she says.

That said, the Durango-based progressive string band is making the best of the situation, creating a digital space not just for it to...

Remembering Alex Trebek’s greatest role — as a mysterious man in black

On Nov. 8, longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died. The 80-year-old had announced in 2019 that he was fighting advanced pancreatic cancer.

Most people will remember him for his role on “Jeopardy!” — his dapper charm and slightly stern demeanor were perfect for the slightly-more-erudite-than-average quiz show. He...

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