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Joe O'Connell

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UT Professor on the Making of Texas Film Epic Giant

Don Graham's Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film

Books Review, Apr. 12, 2018

SXSW Film Review: If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd

The highs and lows of one of the most iconic Southern rock bands

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2018 7:00 AM

SXSW Film Review: The World Before Your Feet

The art of walking … and doing little else

SXSW Daily, Mar. 13, 2018 7:00 AM

SXSW Film Review: Social Animals

Doc is a smart cautionary tale on the power of social media

SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2018 12:34 PM

The Greatest Meets the Brainiest in SXSW Doc Ali & Cavett

Outside the ring and on the couch with Muhammad Ali and Dick Cavett

Screens Feature, Mar. 8, 2018


These three novels and one memoir are all memorable for the ways they plumb the depths and mysteries of memory

Arts Feature, Dec. 28, 2017

The Son Rises With Philipp Meyer

Austin author on adapting his award-winning novel for AMC

Screens Feature, Apr. 6, 2017

Rat Film

Doc transforms unwelcome critters into metaphor of human inequality

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2017

Becoming Bond

The secret life of the forgotten James Bond

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2017

SXSW Film Review: David Lynch – The Art Life

Doc excavates the creative mind of the eccentric artist

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2017 3:15 PM

SXSW Film Review: Becoming Bond

The secret life of the forgotten James Bond

SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2017 4:40 PM

SXSW Episodic: American Gods

It's old gods vs. new in Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman novel

Screens Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 7:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Rat Film

Doc transforms unwelcome critters into metaphor of human inequality

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 12:30 AM

California Dreams' Postcards From the Edge

Hybrid doc explores the fringes of Hollywood hopefuls

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

Pornocracy Details the Fall of the Adult Film Industry

Documentary investigates the corporate porn multinationals

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of High Noon

Glenn Frankel’s new book on the classic film explores a very timely history

Screens Feature, Mar. 2, 2017

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2016

Five works of fiction and nonfiction reveal new depths of humanitity in their Texas characters

Arts Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

The Devil’s Sinkhole

The follow-up to The Devil's Backbone is not only another wild ride but more proof that Bill Wittliff is a master storyteller

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016: The Best Stories of the Year

The 20 tales packed into this volume go to unexpected places and reveal lifetimes in just a handful of pages

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

God and Comedy

Screenwriter Michael Zagst chooses laughter with Divine Access

Screens Feature, May. 12, 2016

Where Is Your Mind?

Stories of the Mind brings mental health issues to light

Screens Feature, May. 5, 2016

SXSW Film Review: Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

Doc on longtime life coach surprisingly straight forward

Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 1:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Learning to See

Photographer captures unrecorded insects of the Amazon

Screens Daily, Mar. 13, 2016 9:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: The Hollywood Shorties

Doc on the story of the little people sports team is sweet and compelling

Screens Daily, Mar. 12, 2016 5:00 PM

Paging Mr. Herman

Paul Reubens' hard work results in Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

Writer Pat Littledog

The Austin-based author of Afoot in a Field of Men is afoot again

Arts Feature, Mar. 3, 2016

A White-Knuckle Western

Co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks aim to Kill or Be Killed

Screens Feature, Feb. 25, 2016

One for the Books

Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books

Arts Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

Gift Guide 2015: Fiction by Austin Authors

Passion, compromise, and human frailty figure large in this touching and funny Texas novel

Arts Feature, Dec. 10, 2015

Behind the Scenes

A peek inside Austin filmmakers' creative spaces

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2015

Austin Filmmakers' Creative Spaces: Photo Gallery

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2015

HBO's The Leftovers Finds New Life in Austin

The second coming

Screens Feature, Oct. 1, 2015

That Wild Man

Gary Cartwright: The mad, mad, mad life of a Texas wordsmith

Arts Feature, Jun. 25, 2015

Tall Tales and Texas Rising

Fact battles fiction in new History Channel miniseries

Screens Feature, May. 21, 2015

Death of an Extra: Odell Grant

Odell Grant, who had a face you couldn't forget, has died

Screens Daily, Apr. 7, 2015 3:30 PM

SXSW Film Review: Sailing a Sinking Sea

Sounds, light ignite tale of ocean gypsies

SXSW Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 5:17 PM

SXSW Film Review: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Apple chief as both genius and grotesque in Alex Gibney doc

Screens Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 3:15 PM

SXSW Film Review: The Goob

The freedom and horror of growing up

SXSW Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 8:32 AM

Mysterious Ways

Jones Family Singers doc preaches the gospel of understanding

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 9:09 PM

The Kiss That Ignited Austin's Punk Scene

Made in Texas occasions a trip down nostalgia lane

SXSW Daily, Mar. 15, 2015 11:47 AM

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