Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta has written about tech, books, film, and TV for Slate, Atlantic, and Wall Street Journal nationally and for Texas Observer and Austin Monthly locally. He's been writing the Chronicle's "Help Desk" tech advice column since August 2014.

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Obamacare After the Mandate
Obamacare After the Mandate
Making the most of ACA enrollment for 2019

News, Nov. 1, 2018

Charlene deGuzman Tackles Sex and Love Addiction in SXSW Film <i>Unlovable</i>
Charlene deGuzman Tackles Sex and Love Addiction in SXSW Film Unlovable
Love is sickness, not the cure in this anti-rom-com

Screens, March 8, 2018

Your Guide to the Most Intriguing Films of This Year’s Austin Asian American Film Festival
Your Guide to the Most Intriguing Films of This Year’s Austin Asian American Film Festival
AAAFF looks cool AF

Screens, Nov. 30, 2017

Obamacare Lives!
Obamacare Lives!
Navigating ACA open enrollment after the Trump-ocalypse

News, Nov. 16, 2017

Revew: Person to Person
Person to Person
The New York ensemble subgenre gets some fresh air

Movie Review, Aug. 11, 2017

Revew: The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration
A coming-of-age tale with a blood-sucking twist

Movie Review, April 28, 2017

SXSW Film Review: <i>Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film</i>
SXSW Film Review: Through the Repellent Fence
Local documentarian captures ephemeral beauty along the border

SXSW, March 11, 2017

SXSW Film Review: <i>Win It All</i>
SXSW Film Review: Win It All
Joe Swanberg takes a shot at a feel-good movie about addiction

SXSW, March 11, 2017

SXSW Film Review: <i>Person to Person</i>
SXSW Film Review: Person to Person
Ensemble slice-of-life comedy searches for the soul of New York City

SXSW, March 11, 2017

SXSW Film Review: <i>The Transfiguration</i>
SXSW Film Review: The Transfiguration
Introspective vampire flick set in the projects thrills and troubles

SXSW, March 11, 2017

SNL alum Noël Wells' <i>Mr. Roosevelt</i>
SNL alum Noël Wells' Mr. Roosevelt
Indie comedy digs deep into Austin social mores

Screens, March 9, 2017

A Rape Survivor Story, Minus the Sensationalism
A Rape Survivor Story, Minus the Sensationalism
Stephanie Beatriz comes home to Texas with potent drama The Light of the Moon

Screens, March 9, 2017

Macon Blair Wins Sundance 2017
Macon Blair Wins Sundance 2017
Grand jury prize-winner tops the list of locals done good – and bad – at Park City

Screens, Feb. 2, 2017

Highlights From the Austin Asian American Film Festival
Highlights From the Austin Asian American Film Festival
Dark and stormy, with a side of stoner fun

Screens, Nov. 3, 2016

SXSW Film Review: <i>Operation Avalanche</i>
SXSW: Operation Avalanche
Sixties Cold War caper is a tribute to Dr. Strangelove

Screens, March 15, 2016

SXSW Film Review: <i>Before the Sun Explodes</i>
SXSW: Before the Sun Explodes
A weird and crazy night in West Hollywood

Screens, March 15, 2016

SXSW Film Review: <i>Keanu</i>
SXSW: Keanu
Comedy duo screens work in progress

Screens, March 13, 2016

SXSW Film Review: <i>Hunt for the Wilderpeople</i>
SXSW: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Family-friendly comedy is quirky fun

Screens, March 12, 2016

Our Emoji Habits
Our Emoji Habits
The future of online pictorial language

Screens, March 10, 2016

Kill the Trumpet Player
Kill the Trumpet Player
Don Cheadle does Miles Davis in freak-fusion biopic Miles Ahead

Screens, March 10, 2016

Cowboys and Indies
Cowboys and Indies
Texas Sundance roundup

Screens, Feb. 4, 2016

Labors of Love (and Money)
Labors of Love (and Money)
Film production services melting pot Arts+Labor eyes a commercial expansion

Screens, Oct. 22, 2015

Help Desk
A smartphone first-timer tries to keep her head above the deep waters of interconnectivity

Screens, Aug. 13, 2015

Help Desk
Is it phone addiction or just the modern way to consume information?

Screens, July 30, 2015

Help Desk
Surviving Austin's rising cost of living with some help from the "sharing economy"

Screens, July 9, 2015

Alfonso and Thomas and <i>The Dying Girl</i>
Alfonso and Thomas and The Dying Girl
Former teenage Texas film buffs unite on homage-filled cancer comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Screens, June 25, 2015

Help Desk
Need a few extra bucks? We look at the tech world's latest apps you can use to supplement your income.

Screens, June 25, 2015

Help Desk
Tech-savvy ways to cut expenses

Screens, June 11, 2015

Andrew Bujalski Pumps Up With <i>Results</i>
Andrew Bujalski Pumps Up With Results
Microbudget auteur increases marketability with fitness fable

Screens, May 28, 2015

Help Desk
Is it possible to find friends on Tinder?

Screens, May 21, 2015

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