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This spring in film

Hypocrisy in the New Space Jam Movie?Nostalgia and outdated pop culture are a heck of a combination, and they’re a combo that generally doesn’t end well.

The Warner Bros’ reboot of Joe Pytka’s cult comedy “Space Jam” (1996) appears to be testing this formula — at least based...

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A Colorado COVID-friendly summer guide

The year 2020 was a bad time for everybody because [ insert a million reasons why 2020 sucked ]. In fact, can we just agree not to speak of 2020 again? That would be great, thanks. Let’s move onto bigger and better things, like 2021! In particular, let’s talk about all the events we look forward to this summer in light of...

Alleway street art

The dusty alleys in old downtown Farmington aren’t exactly the most happening spots. These industrial thoroughfares offer heavy trucks and other delivery vehicles easy access to the back entrances of restaurants and businesses, but they aren’t really meant for foot traffic like the clean sidewalks flanking the front of the...

Looking for more film festivals post-DFF? Check out these other upcoming Colorado film festivals

ASPEN SHORTFEST: APRIL 6–11, 2021

Aspen Shortfest is film festival royalty. It draws in all of the big names each year (just like the town itself), from Oscar hopefuls to hangers on and film fest newbies. The festival’s premise is “taking a chance to be taken somewhere new and unexpected,” which is fitting for a film...

The ultimate viewer guide to the 2021 Durango Film Festival

The year without film is no more! Hollywood may have held all of their big new blockbuster releases over the last year or so, but there is new content on the horizon thanks to the Durango Film Festival, which has gone totally socially distanced this year with a virtual film fest.

That’s right; unlike years past, this...

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...

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,...

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