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Spencer Parsons

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The Cutting Edge

Trailer maker Mark Woollen talks shop

Screens Feature, Mar. 13, 2009

The Derek Jarman Collection

Screens Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Focus: The Collected Filmstrips of Brian Dewan, Vol. 1

Screens Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Night, Termite

Manny Farber, defender of cinephila against the cinephiles

Screens Feature, Aug. 29, 2008

Leather Maiden

Entertaining and distressing in equal measure, Leather Maiden is a bruising jolt from an immoral moralist

Books Review, Aug. 15, 2008

Brothers in Arms

Jeff Nichols' Southern Gothic family saga, 'Shotgun Stories'

Screens Feature, Jun. 27, 2008

The Present Beware! The Future Beware!

Austin animator Brad Neely drinks beer, hates British children

Screens Feature, Jun. 13, 2008

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century

A UT Law professor's tremendously nuanced collision of big ideas

Books Review, May. 23, 2008

Benh Zeitlin Benefit

Helping to defray hospital bills for injured SXSW filmmaker Benh Zeitlin

Screens Feature, Apr. 25, 2008

Riding the 'Wave'

Bud Shrake compacts his far-flung, storied career in his new collection

Books Feature, Apr. 25, 2008

From Mad Dogs to Mister Golf

Bud Shrake, continued

Books Feature, Apr. 25, 2008

SXSW Filmmaker Hospitalized

SXSW filmmaker Benh Zeitlin recovering after a major car accident

Screens Daily, Mar. 11, 2008 2:36 PM

All-Around Gal

Mumblecore baby Greta Gerwig acts, writes, directs, enunciates properly

Screens Feature, Mar. 7, 2008

Talk Show Host

Heather Gold is not here to push your product

Screens Feature, Feb. 29, 2008

The Film Prof's Drunk, and the Kids Are Not All Right

Zombie auteur George Romero delivers another state of the union

Screens Feature, Feb. 29, 2008

Sometimes the Music's in the Scratches

In defense of the bootleg

Screens Feature, Feb. 15, 2008

Zodiac: Director's Cut

Spencer Parsons has been waiting for a proper DVD of Fincher's essay on the dorkiness of evil since end titles rolled in the theatre

Screens Review, Feb. 15, 2008

Geek Out!

Gifts for Trekkies, Anglophiles, and arthouse obscurists

Screens Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

The Playboy Interviews: The Directors

Cinematic storytelling and technique naturally get plenty of play, but all these long-form interviews roam through detours and diversions that lend a tremendous sense of character

Screens Review, Dec. 14, 2007

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Has Todd Haynes reinvented the biopic? Or has he reinvented the Todd Haynes film?

Screens Feature, Nov. 23, 2007

The End of the World as He Knows It

Richard Kelly does decadence plus dystopia in Southland Tales

Screens Feature, Nov. 16, 2007

Temples and Playgrounds

Previewing the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Nov. 3-4

Books Feature, Nov. 2, 2007

Something Out of Nothing

Joe Swanberg, anti-director, on Hannah Takes the Stairs

Screens Feature, Oct. 26, 2007

You're Joking, Right?

Screens Daily, Oct. 15, 2007 6:43 PM

Labor Intensive

John Fiege on 'Mississippi Chicken' and Anne Lewis on 'Morristown'

Screens Feature, Oct. 5, 2007

Dynamics Dysfunctional and Otherwise

Julie Delpy on 2 Days in Paris

Screens Feature, Aug. 24, 2007

Blue Water, White Death and Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

Screens Review, Aug. 10, 2007

DVD Match

Antonioni vs. Bergman from beyond the grave

Screens Review, Aug. 3, 2007

Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes

Screens Review, Jul. 20, 2007

WR: Mysteries of the Organism and Sweet Movie

Screens Review, Jul. 13, 2007

Mike Figgis

Digital Filmmaking

Screens Review, Jun. 8, 2007

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Screens Review, Jun. 8, 2007

Mr. Not So Frivolous

Wallace Shawn bares all about writing, why he does theatre, and that play with all the sex in it

Arts Feature, May. 11, 2007

Loving Wally

Arts Feature, May. 11, 2007

The Gauntlet

SXSW Daily, Mar. 20, 2007 4:20 AM


Daily Reviews and Interviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2007

Mumblecore and Murder

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2007 6:14 PM

"Joe Swanberg's Quiet City"

SXSW Daily, Mar. 13, 2007 2:45 PM

The Insane Route


SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2007 2:30 PM

Campaigns for and Against

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2007 11:18 AM

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