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DVDanger: All This Horror Business

Ruggero Deodato is a delightful dining companion. I broke bread with the legendary 75-year-old Italian director last year during the Housecore Horror Film Festival, and he insisted on taking iPhone pictures of everyone at the table, like a proud and tech-savvy grandfather. Read More | Comment »

DVD 9:00AM Sat. Jul. 26, Richard Whittaker

Alphabet Soup: aGLIFF, IFP, and Other Announcements

The Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, aka aGLIFF, just announced its opening-night film, as well as some other titles. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine will open the fest, with the director Michele Josue and Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis, in attendance. Read More | Comment »

Film Flam 3:45PM Fri. Jul. 25, Marjorie Baumgarten

Strange Kids Doing Strange Things

Do you know your Snake Eyes from your Rock Lords? Then you're already a fully paid member of the Strange Kids Club. Read More | Comment »

Television 1:04PM Fri. Jul. 25, Richard Whittaker

Kickstart Your Weekend: Send Danni Danger to the Geekies

Danni Danger, one of Austin's Weird Girls, is trying to get to Los Angeles. Here's you chance to help her make the trip, and get back again. Read More | Comment »

Web 9:30AM Fri. Jul. 25, Richard Whittaker

From 'Garden State' to the Final Moments

If you look up "existential angst" in the dictionary, you might not expect to see a picture of Zach Braff. But, even in comedy, the actor has always found the darker side of the pratfall. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:31AM Thu. Jul. 24, Richard Whittaker

Film Flam

Tiny giants and festival berths are in this edition of Film Flam. Read More | Comment »

Film Flam 1:57PM Tue. Jul. 22, Kimberley Jones

July Is Crime Month: Fade to Black

So far, the Chronicle's July crime spree has focused largely on the written word, but maybe you prefer your mysteries, murders, and manhunts onscreen. Then, friend, this is your lucky week. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:15PM Mon. Jul. 21, Robert Faires

DVDanger: NSFW

Sex sells, as the saying goes. It also horrifies people, and makes them laugh. But while American film makers seem ever more prudish on the topic, it's up to their European cousins, as always, to grab the bull by the, ahem, horns. Read More | Comment »

DVD 11:00AM Sat. Jul. 19, Richard Whittaker

Kickstart Your Weekend: Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

Nothing says American cinemagoing like the drive-in. While it looked like the megaplex would kill the allure of watching movies in the open air, they're coming back. Austin's own outdoor revivalists/innovators, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, has plans to make the screen shine a little brighter. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:30AM Fri. Jul. 18, Richard Whittaker

Filmmaker Magazine Lauds Annie Silverstein

Only two weeks ago we were talking up Annie Silverstein’s wild ride to winning a major award at Cannes 2014. The ride hasn’t slowed any: Filmmaker Magazine just named her one of its “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Read More | Comment »

Film 9:00PM Thu. Jul. 17, Kimberley Jones

An Eli Wallach Triple-Header

Thanks to Lars Nilsen at the Austin Film Society for pointing out the serendipitous confluence of Eli Wallach movies – The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – that are slated to show at Stateside at the Paramount over the next week, courtesy of programmer Steven Jannise. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:15PM Thu. Jul. 17, Marjorie Baumgarten

Opportunity Knocks – Not Once, but Twice

It was a chaotic time of life for us as my wife and I traded off on time spent caring for our first child and trying to work on our businesses. So as yet another hectic summer day dawned in 2002, a knock on the door sent my wife, Rebecca, scrambling to scoop up the 9-month-old Alex and shush Banjo, the Labrador Retriever barking menacingly through the window. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:00AM Wed. Jul. 16, Rob D'Amico

Roberto Orci Grabs the Bull by the Horns for 'Matador'

Could Roberto Orci have picked a worse day to visit Austin? All is calm in the lobby of the Four Seasons, but outside the streets of Austin are jammed, as President Obama tries to get to Robert Rodriguez's house for a fundraiser. Actually, that's why Orci's in town. "I'll be there later," he said. Read More | Comment »

Television 9:10AM Tue. Jul. 15, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Death Rattle Shakes

You! I want to take you to a Death Spa! I want to take you to a death spa! I want to take you to a death spa, death spa, death spa! Read More | Comment »

DVD 8:00AM Sun. Jul. 13, Richard Whittaker

Through the Weeds of Hemlock Grove

When Famke Janssen wrapped up season one of Hemlock Grove, her situation looked dire. Her character Olivia, the monstrous head of the Godfrey family, was in a body bag, presumed dead, with her tongue ripped out by her own son. Janssen conceded, "That leaves you in a precarious position." Read More | Comment »

Television 7:00AM Fri. Jul. 11, Richard Whittaker

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Raise a Good Man'

Nothing like being stuck in a strange town, with nowhere to sleep. Read More | Comment »

Film 6:30AM Fri. Jul. 11, Richard Whittaker

You’re Probably Not Watching AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

AMC needs another hit. Breaking Bad finally broke, Mad Men is winding down, and The Walking Dead is a hot mess. The zombies at least deliver ratings, but Hell on Wheels and TURN are not the answer. Halt and Catch Fire, the Eighties computer drama, just might be. Read More | Comment »

Television 9:51AM Wed. Jul. 9, Rod Machen

DVD Watch: 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

There are a thousand movies that remain unmade every day. It takes a pretty special film to bother making a documentary about a film that never happened. That's the core argument behind Jodoroswky's Dune. Read More | Comment »

DVD 1:30PM Tue. Jul. 8, Richard Whittaker

Demagoguery Disguised as Documentary

The following was originally written as a 500-word introduction to my review of Dinesh D'Souza’s new movie America: Imagine the World Without Her. With no space to run my intro in the print issue, we excised it from the review and are running it as a stand-alone meditation on the state of documentary filmmaking. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:15PM Tue. Jul. 8, Louis Black

'Eggshells' Is an Austin Time Capsule

Dateline: Austin, Texas, 1968 (back before this town would become a filmmaking capital and years before Tobe Hooper would would break through with his 1974 landmark, filmed-around-Austin, horror epic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). First came Eggshells, which Hooper made in 1968. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:05PM Mon. Jul. 7, Marjorie Baumgarten

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