Author Archives



Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta has written about tech, books, film, and TV for Slate, Atlantic, and Wall Street Journal nationally and for Texas Observer and Austin Monthly locally. He's been writing the Chronicle's "Help Desk" tech advice column since August 2014.

60 articles   •   page 1 of 2

SXSW Film Review: Operation Avalanche

Sixties Cold War caper is a tribute to Dr. Strangelove

Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 7:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Before the Sun Explodes

A weird and crazy night in West Hollywood

Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 3:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Keanu

Comedy duo screens work in progress

Screens Daily, Mar. 13, 2016 3:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Family-friendly comedy is quirky fun

Screens Daily, Mar. 12, 2016 5:30 PM

Our Emoji Habits

The future of online pictorial language

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

Kill the Trumpet Player

Don Cheadle does Miles Davis in freak-fusion biopic Miles Ahead

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

Cowboys and Indies

Texas Sundance roundup

Screens Feature, Feb. 4, 2016

Labors of Love (and Money)

Film production services melting pot Arts+Labor eyes a commercial expansion

Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2015

Help Desk

A smartphone first-timer tries to keep her head above the deep waters of interconnectivity

Screens Column, Aug. 13, 2015

Help Desk

Is it phone addiction or just the modern way to consume information?

Screens Column, Jul. 30, 2015

Help Desk

Surviving Austin's rising cost of living with some help from the "sharing economy"

Screens Column, Jul. 9, 2015

Alfonso and Thomas and The Dying Girl

Former teenage Texas film buffs unite on homage-filled cancer comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Screens Feature, Jun. 25, 2015

Help Desk

Need a few extra bucks? We look at the tech world's latest apps you can use to supplement your income.

Screens Column, Jun. 25, 2015

Help Desk

Tech-savvy ways to cut expenses

Screens Column, Jun. 11, 2015

Andrew Bujalski Pumps Up With Results

Microbudget auteur increases marketability with fitness fable

Screens Feature, May. 28, 2015

Help Desk

Is it possible to find friends on Tinder?

Screens Column, May. 21, 2015

Help Desk: Whistle-Blowing Without the Blowback

The ins and outs of leaking sensitive information

Screens Column, May. 7, 2015

Help Desk

Is asking your parents to unfriend an ex too much to ask?

Screens Column, Apr. 23, 2015

Help Desk

A drunken violation of digital privacy and how to minimize the damage

Screens Column, Mar. 26, 2015

SXSW Film Review: Dominguinhos

Brazilian music doc’s charm lies in its archival footage

SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 2:54 PM

SXSW Film Review: Funny Bunny

Indie about oddball trio treats trauma with furry tenderness

Screens Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 2:00 PM

VEEP Speaks

Guess which politico Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls “most sponge-worthy”

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 3:15 PM

SXSW Film Review: Son of the Congo

Can basketball star Serge Ibaka go home again?

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 8:38 AM

Help Desk

How to interact at SXSW Interactive

Screens Column, Mar. 12, 2015

The Showalter State

Mr. Irony tries sincerity with Hello, My Name Is Doris

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Help Desk

Should parents have to check their phones at all hours?

Screens Column, Mar. 5, 2015

Help Desk

A business meeting goes well, but there's no follow-through. "Help Desk" to the rescue.

Screens Column, Feb. 19, 2015

Help Desk

Is arguing about anything other than the cuteness of cats and babies on Facebook worthwhile?

Screens Column, Feb. 5, 2015

Help Desk

The rise of flaky daters or just an uptick in choosiness? Help Desk takes a look.

Screens Column, Jan. 22, 2015

Help Desk

Can teens and adults safely connect on social media?

Screens Column, Jan. 8, 2015

Help Desk

Fast shipping, resolution keeping, and holiday sensitive emoji in this week's tech etiquette column

Screens Column, Dec. 23, 2014

Help Desk

Screens Column, Dec. 11, 2014

Writing the Frontier

First-time screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald scores big with The Homesman

Screens Feature, Nov. 26, 2014

Help Desk

What to do when you're faced with a personal crowdfunding conundrum

Screens Column, Nov. 26, 2014

Help Desk

Is Venmo tearing a relationship apart or pointing out a weakness?

Screens Column, Nov. 13, 2014

Help Desk

A teacher wonders if her sexy Groot Halloween costume will get her into trouble online

Screens Column, Oct. 30, 2014

Austin Film Festival: “Spoke” & Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs

Docs cheer a legendary dancehall and a favorite hometown weirdo

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM

Austin Film Festival: Podcast People

John August takes his Scriptnotes podcast to church

Screens Daily, Oct. 26, 2014 8:37 AM

Austin Film Festival: The Golden Ages of Matthew Weiner

Mad Men auteur enters the Twilight Zone

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2014 8:24 AM

Help Desk

What to do when an online mug shot messes with your romantic prospects

Screens Column, Oct. 16, 2014

1   2     NEXT    2 »
This content has not been formatted for this window size.
Please increase the size of your browser window, or revisit this page on a mobile device.
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)