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From Westeros to College Station

Say you're Texas A&M and you want to commemorate the five millionth volume acquired by your library, who would you get to make that gift and what would the book be? Rick Perry and Fed Up!? Robert Earl Keen and Cormac McCarthy's The Road? How about Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin and The Hobbit? Read More | Comment »

Television 4:00PM Thu. Jan. 29, Robert Faires

Happy Hundredth Birthday, Paramount Theatre!

It was, Harry Houdini told the assembled supporters of the Paramount Theatre, a great pleasure to be back on its stage after a 99-year absence, to celebrate the centenary of Austin's greatest stage: an anniversary year that will see a calendar of free events and the return of both Lyle Lovett and a lost gem to the building. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:35AM Wed. Jan. 28, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: The Atticus Institute

In the 1990s, it was predictable that a slew of unmemorable, sub par romantic comedies would emerge every summer. By contrast, this decade has become a quagmire of supernatural found footage horrors set in mental institutions. Most of them are terrible. The Atticus Institute, quite surprisingly, is actually pretty good. Read More | Comment »

DVD 9:00AM Sat. Jan. 24, Richard Whittaker

One in a Crowd: Children of Morta

For the last month or so, our weekly crowdfunding spotlight has been trained on local films. So how's about we strap on our armor, polish our shield, sharpen that battle axe, and head into a 2D pixel gaming adventure with Children of Morta? Read More | Comment »

Gaming 3:35PM Fri. Jan. 23, Richard Whittaker

A Lost Silent Film Is Found

This Sunday, the Austin Film Society, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, and Humanities Texas will co-host a special screening of Daughter of the Dawn, a silent film previously thought to be lost. Starring the children of legendary Comanche chief Quanah Parker, it may be the only film of the silent era with an all Native American cast. Read More | Comment »

Film 3:19PM Fri. Jan. 23, R.U. Steinberg

SXSW Gaming Finalists Announced

The SXSW Gaming Awards return this year as the event moves to Downtown's Moody Theater. The co-hosts of the free show are YouTube stars Janet Varney and Markiplier. The categories have changed somewhat, but here's the list of nominees. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 8:00AM Fri. Jan. 23, James Renovitch

Bringing It All Back Home

As the Austin-made Boyhood continues to earn praise and honors on the awards circuit (six Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe wins, among many others – and still counting), the Texas Film Awards has announced that Boyhood will be treated to a homecoming at the gala as the recipient of the Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:00AM Wed. Jan. 21, Marjorie Baumgarten

Pre-millenial teen angst, both period and retro, melds with noir
 

DVDanger: Youth Gone Wild

"There are 32 ways to tell a story, but only one plot: Things aren't what they seem." That's how small-town Texas high school graduate Sue sets up the dusty gloom of Bad Turn Worse: By quoting the king of nihilist noir, Jim Thompson. Read More | Comment »

DVD 11:25AM Sat. Jan. 17, Richard Whittaker

Selma for Students

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce has announced that Austin-based Vista Equity Partners is providing the opportunity for 1,000 middle- and high-school students within the Greater Austin region to see the Academy Award-nominated film, Selma for free. Read More | Comment »

Film 3:30PM Fri. Jan. 16, Marjorie Baumgarten

One in a Crowd: Paper Cuts and What We Do in the Shadows

If you've read this week's Austin Chronicle, you'll have seen my piece about Meet Me There, the new horror from local indie production house Greenless Studios. Now they're crowdfunding their next project, and taking a radically different direction with the deeply personal drama Paper Cuts. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:12PM Fri. Jan. 16, Richard Whittaker

Boyhood Nominated for Six Oscars

Looks like the Academy has finally caught on to something Austin’s known all along – that Richard Linklater is a pretty terrific filmmaker. He’s just earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. Read More | Comment »

Film 7:58AM Thu. Jan. 15, Kimberley Jones

SXSW Interactive's Latest Speakers Announced

SXSW Interactive has dropped another list of names ranging from the nerdiest of the nerds to the brightest of stars. Read More | Comment »

Tech 3:51PM Tue. Jan. 13, James Renovitch

Talking Trash

UPDATE: Because Austinites have shown so much love for the film Trash Dance, the producers of America Reframed, which is currently streaming it online, want to make sure all Chronicle readers get a chance to see it. Click on the viewing link at the bottom of this post to watch it for free through Jan. 28. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:25AM Tue. Jan. 13, Marjorie Baumgarten

Evolution of a Criminal Airs on PBS

In his debut documentary Evolution of a Criminal, Texas filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe weaves together autobiography and atonement, dramatic reenactments and talking head interviews. It airs tonight on PBS’ Independent Lens. Read More | Comment »

Television 9:30AM Mon. Jan. 12, Kimberley Jones

DVDanger: Real Monsters

Gacy. Dahmer. Gein. Serial killers are the ultimate folk monsters, media obsessions from news to fiction. But society often deems anyone with more than a passing interest as being nearly as bad as the killers. Documentarian John Borowski wants to set that record straight. "I want to study serial killers," he said, "not become one," Read More | Comment »

DVD 8:00AM Sat. Jan. 10, Richard Whittaker

One in a Crowd: The Juani Begood Show

Outside, it's grey, dark, with the potential for ice. Bleurgh. That's why the warming glow of Internet sketch comedy, courtesy of Juanita Butler, seems so appealing. Read More | Comment »

Web 3:15PM Fri. Jan. 9, Richard Whittaker

Looking at People Looking at Art

Frederick Wiseman’s docs may be varicose-vein-inducing, but his deep dives into institutions large (a state mental hospital, the Paris Opera Ballet) and small (Austin’s Lord’s Gym) are well worth the often three-hour-long running times. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:00AM Fri. Jan. 9, Kimberley Jones

Russell Brand Movie Kicks off SXSW Film 2015

SXSW Film has announced the first seven titles selected for its 2015 lineup. Six are world premieres, and one, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story has Austin connections. Ondi Timoner’s BRAND: A Second Coming – a documentary about the comedian, author and activist Russell Brand – is the festival's Opening Night Film, premiering on Friday, March 13. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:00PM Thu. Jan. 8, Marjorie Baumgarten

California Split Is the Raging Bull of Poker Movies

A great poker film comes around as infrequently as a straight flush over quad aces. The allure of gambling is easy to understand but difficult to quantify. The peaks and valleys are so emotionally internal that most cinematic attempts to codify them are lost in translation. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:00AM Thu. Jan. 8, Fernie Martinez

Luke Wilson, Tommy Lee Jones to Recieve Texas Film Awards

With their 15th outing being the crystal anniversary, the Texas Film Awards winners' list gets ever more sparkling, with the announcement this morning at Austin Studios of the class of 2015. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:04AM Wed. Jan. 7, Richard Whittaker

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