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Need a Permanent 'Fix'

The good news: Fixing the Future is a great piece of forward-thinking documentary filmmaking, at just the right time. Read More | Comment »

TV Eye 1:05PM Fri. Nov. 19, 2010, Belinda Acosta

This Week's Waste of Time

After a week's vacation I'm back with part 3 of what just might turn into a five-part series covering all the playable browser video games submitted to the Independent Games Festival. Get ready for letters 'M' through 'P.' See part 2 for more games and part 1 for even more games and a description of the parameters of what is included here. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 5:24PM Thu. Nov. 18, 2010, James Renovitch

The Wizardly Way

Seems like last weekend's Wizard World Austin Comic Con was enough of a success that the organizers were talking not just about coming back next year, but making the already impressive event much larger. With the positive word from the vendors on the floor, the guests through the door and the celebrity guests, looks like it'll be an easy sell. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:08AM Thu. Nov. 18, 2010, Richard Whittaker

Of Bats and (Human) Centipedes

The inaugural Wizard World Austin Comic Con enters its third day today, kicking off at 11am with a panel by Austin's own Emily Hagins. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:40AM Sun. Nov. 14, 2010, Richard Whittaker

Battle Chasers and Darksiders

In the late '90s, Joe Madureira was one of the hottest comic artists on the planet. Seven years ago, he left the industry and moved to Austin to co-found Vigil Games, the creators of Darksiders. The man known as Joe Mad appears today at Wizard World Austin, but we chatted him earlier about how he made the transition from print to electronic publishing. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 10:25AM Sat. Nov. 13, 2010, Richard Whittaker

Gay Place Interviews Stephin Merritt

In honor of the return of ex-Austinite Kerthy Fix's new documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields we thought it would be a good idea to talk to Mr. Merritt himself. What we discussed ran the gamut, and it was just too good to leave to transcription. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:59PM Tue. Nov. 9, 2010, Andy Campbell

Magnetic Fields Party & Ticket Giveaway

Strange Powers, the new documentary about the Magnetic Fields and frontman Stephen Merrit will screen in Austin for a three-day stint at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Nov. 7, 8, and 10. Read More | Comment »

Film Flam 11:26AM Fri. Nov. 5, 2010, Kate X Messer

This Week's Waste of Time

If you're not finished playing last week's featured Independent Games Festival entries, too bad. Because the fun (and/or learning, exploring, interacting) keeps coming with seven more games that range from bitterly disappointing to mind-bendingly innovative and Jackass inspired ridiculousness. See the full list of 391 entries here. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 4:23PM Thu. Nov. 4, 2010, James Renovitch

Chris Morris Talks Terrorist Comedy

It's been a rough season, war-wise. In light of Wikileaks release of 391,832 classified military documents pertaining to the Coalition occupation of Iraq and the fact that theatregoers haven't been in the mood for current-conflict filmmaking, perhaps it's time to to initiate another popular strategy altogether. To wit, comedy. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:23AM Thu. Nov. 4, 2010, Marc Savlov

AFF Announces Audience Winners

The numbers are in. See after the jump for the last bit of official business for the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:31PM Wed. Nov. 3, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Vote for (Harmony and) Me

Yes, yesterday's election results were enough to turn a person off to voting altogether. (We kid. We'd never give up getting that sticker.) Why not reflex your voting muscles and cast a ballot for Harmony and Me? Read More | Comment »

Film 2:12PM Wed. Nov. 3, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Happy Birthday to The Ritz

Austin's historic Sixth St. theater The Ritz, aka the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, recently celebrated its 81st anniversary and, honestly, it doesn't look a day over 29. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:49PM Wed. Nov. 3, 2010, Marc Savlov

Mourning Hickenlooper and Blount

It was a hard week for Austin Film Festival friends, with the sudden deaths of filmmaker George Hickenlooper, whose latest, Casino Jack, closed this year's festival, and Lisa Blount, an actress and producer who appeared in AFF favorite "The Accountant." Read More | Comment »

Film 7:40PM Sun. Oct. 31, 2010, Kimberley Jones

This Week's Waste of Time

And so it begins. Time for the yearly trek through the roughly 400 video-game entries to the Independent Games Festival. This year's fest puts local indie-gaming overlord Brandon Boyer at the helm even though the event itself takes place in San Francisco. Going through all these games is going to take a while so we let's get started. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 6:15PM Thu. Oct. 28, 2010, James Renovitch

Apocalypse 'Monsters,' Redux

It's Halloween weekend and what better way to kick off the Season of the Weird than with some soon-to-be-very-Famous Monsters of Filmland? Of course we're talking about Monsters, director Gareth Edwards' road movie romance (with tentacles), which has finally creepy-crawled its way to the theatrical distribution it so richly deserves. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:05PM Thu. Oct. 28, 2010, Marc Savlov

AFF: Scene & Heard

After a few years of going to film festivals and conferences – and Austin is home to plenty – you start to notice things. Each conference has its own look, its own personality. This is partially cultivated by the promoters, is partly instilled by the participants, and is partly because of uncontrollable factors like the weather. Read More | Comment »

Film 3:59PM Mon. Oct. 25, 2010, Belinda Acosta

'Tree of Life' to Premiere This Spring

After two years of rumor and speculation, cinema's Bigfoot equivalent finally gets a release date. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:33PM Mon. Oct. 25, 2010, Kimberley Jones

There's always some killin' you got to do around the farm

AFF: 'Bloodworth"

There's always a sneaking suspicion that every touring musician is just running away from home. In Bloodworth, the longer they stay away, the more everyone gets hurt when they return. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:00AM Mon. Oct. 25, 2010, Richard Whittaker

AFF: 'Adios Mundo Cruel'

With its fart jokes and its fat jokes, Mexican comedy Adios Mundo Cruel is as broad as they come. That's not all it has in common with the cinematic classics. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:13PM Sun. Oct. 24, 2010, Cindy Widner

AFF: Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Winners

It was a really good week to be Andrew Lanham. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:39AM Sun. Oct. 24, 2010, Kimberley Jones

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