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Don't Shoot the Dog

Old Yeller did it. The Road Warrior did it. But if there's a golden rule in cinema, it's simple. Don't kill the dog. Unless, like the filmmakers behind cold-blooded killer John Wick understand, you're prepared to pay the consequences. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:45PM Fri. Oct. 24, Richard Whittaker

Austin Film Festival: Filmmakers of the World, Unite!

What's the difference between a director and filmmaker? A filmmaker carries their own equipment. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:25PM Fri. Oct. 24, Richard Whittaker

Housecore Horror Preview: Randy Blythe

When Lamb of God mouthpiece Randy Blythe signed up for the Richmond, Va., vets tour account As the Palaces Burn, he should’ve known things would get strange. He just couldn’t predict how much so. “It’s a documentary, not a Hollywood blockbuster,” he says. “Sometimes things get a little bit messy in the storytelling, just like they do in life.” Read More | Comment »

Film 11:00AM Fri. Oct. 24, Richard Whittaker

Forever Fest Hits Its Sophomore Year

The second year of high school is pretty sweet. You've already been through the hazing of freshman year, you know where your classes are, and you know which teachers to avoid. Encompassing the spirit of those times, Drafthouse programmer Sarah Pitre and Fons PR co-owner Brandy Fons return for year two of the pop-culture smorgasbord Forever Fest. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:30PM Thu. Oct. 23, Josh Kupecki

SXSW Film Announces First Keynote and Oodles of Panels

Mark Duplass, the prolific actor and filmmaker, is the first of the four keynote speakers to be announced by SXSW Film. Beginning last year, the festival moved to a format of daily keynote speakers. The three other speakers are yet to be announced. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:00PM Tue. Oct. 21, Marjorie Baumgarten

DVDanger: XX versus XY

I'll concede, I've never been a big Aubrey Plaza fan. Like Kat Denning, there's always a whiff of performance about her work, like a vaudeville comic who think's she's above the pratfalls she's delivering and isn't afraid to let the audience know it. Life After Beth (A24/Lionsgate) definitely moves my opinion on her. Read More | Comment »

DVD 1:30PM Tue. Oct. 21, Richard Whittaker

Trailblazer Reaches End of Road

Sad news announcing the death last night in Dallas of actor, director, producer, and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson has arrived. Carson possessed a great cinematic spirit and he may well be the best – or at least the most influential – modern filmmaker to have come out of Texas. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:16PM Tue. Oct. 21, Marjorie Baumgarten

Code Chica

The statistics are disappointing but longstanding: women (and especially Hispanic women) are woefully under-represented in the world of science and tech. This weekend, in an effort to right that trend, Latinitas and the Made With Code movement hosts a daylong hackathon for young women to encourage them to explore careers in the information sciences. Read More | Comment »

Tech 9:00AM Tue. Oct. 21, James Renovitch

Crosstown Traffic

During the hectic second weekend of ACL Fest, the planets aligned and nudged the conversation from music to movies for a couple of hours down at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, a stone’s throw from Auditorium Shores. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:15PM Mon. Oct. 20, Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW Interactive Announces Programming

In addition to the big names announced last week – including Russell Brand, Brian Grazer, and others –  SXSW named a whole bunch of panels and speakers this morning. How many you ask? Well over 700 were named in this initial list. Read More | Comment »

Tech 12:46PM Mon. Oct. 20, James Renovitch

One in a Crowd: Found Footage 3D

Being an indie-horror-comedy is hard. That's why so many filmmakers turn to crowdfunding. But Found Footage 3D may have an ace up its sleeve: Producer Kim Henkel is offering an unbelievable oddity from his own personal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre archives as a donor incentive. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:41PM Fri. Oct. 17, Richard Whittaker

Jason Reitman (Not) Versus the Internet

Internet porn. Abusive online gaming forums. Prostitution websites. Bulletin boards for adulterers. Men, Women & Children, the latest from director Jason Reitman, has every sin the World Wide Web offers. But don’t call him a technophobe. He said, "I see the Internet as an inanimate concept that is a reflection of us.” Read More | Comment »

Film 8:45AM Fri. Oct. 17, Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Austin Announces Lineup

Clones, zombie hands, eternal nights, and a day's worth of shorts: New sci fi festival Other Worlds Austin has announced the complete lineup for its inaugural excursion. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:33PM Thu. Oct. 16, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Announces SXstyle

SXSW Interactive announced their inaugural SXstyle offshoot that will explore the space where fashion, technology, and the Internet overlap in the ever-expanding Venn diagram that is South by Southwest. Read More | Comment »

Tech 11:00AM Wed. Oct. 15, James Renovitch

Pink Saris and Big Sticks

Clad in pink saris and wielding big sticks, a small group of women in rural North India has swelled into a national movement for women’s rights and social reform. Gulabi Gang (The Pink Gang) is a documentary about this homegrown vigilante women’s movement, and is screening in Austin on Wednesday. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:45PM Tue. Oct. 14, Vijay Ganju

DVDanger: The Evil That Men Do

Is evil something that we do, or something that we allow to happen? In German morality tale Nothing Bad Can Happen (Drafthouse Films), it's something we must endure to overcome. Read More | Comment »

DVD 1:30PM Tue. Oct. 14, Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Austin Opens With The Well

Get ready for eco-horror: As the seemingly never-ending Texas drought continues to bake us, Other Worlds Austin has announced its opening night film as a dramatic reminder that the water wars are coming. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:17PM Tue. Oct. 7, Richard Whittaker

The New Nerddom

Between the celebrity photo ops, the cast reunions, and artists taking commissions, there were some serious points being debated at Wizard World Austin Comic Con. Read More | Comment »

Tech 4:35PM Sun. Oct. 5, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Sasquatch and Zombies and Demons, Oh My!

Halloween is almost upon us. Well, close enough for horror fans to start scheduling their October movie selections. Read More | Comment »

DVD 9:00AM Fri. Oct. 3, Richard Whittaker

Learning More ABCs

From amateur assassins to a teenage zygote, alphabetical horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 was an education in morbidity at Fantastic Fest 2014. As the anthology is unleashed upon VOD today, three of the segment directors tell us about their miniaturized tales that witness madness. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:55PM Thu. Oct. 2, Richard Whittaker

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