Austin filmmaker Lex Lybrand likes HBO's tech-bro comedy Silicon Valley. That's why he was a little surprised that this week's episode bore suspiciously striking similarities to his film The Trolls. He said, "If you take the synopsis from my film, and you remove the word Texas, it doubles as a synopsis of Sunday's episode."
There's a stack of half-empty pizza boxes at Rooster Teeth. It's not leftovers from a production meeting, but the happy vestiges of a Make-a-Wish visit to the Austin-based online studio. It's all part of Barbara Dunkelman's job as the company's community manager, but it's not her only job around here.
Mayor Steve Adler is usually characterized by those that know him as painfully polite and patient. Fitting that description, he just delivered a most temperate and mellow slapdown to an angry letter writer, enraged that the Alamo Drafthouse will be running a couple of women-only screenings of Wonder Woman.
Austin has been a hotspot in the burgeoning virtual reality industry ever since early prototype headsets made their way into local software developers’ hands. Despite this, access to VR has been limited. One company is hoping to break outside the niche and expose a wider swath of Austinites to this gotta-see-it-to-believe-it technology.
Imagine comics with no Sandman. No Watchmen. No Preacher. That's a world without 2000 AD, the British comics institution that rewrote the rules and, as documentary Future Shock! shows, launched some of the art form's greatest figures.
Whether it be Girlie Night screenings or Tough Guy Cinema, the Alamo Drafthouse has often taken a playful approach to gender in its booking philosophy. However, now it's riding high above some criticism that it's holding a women-only screening of Wonder Woman early next month.
With the Legislature's budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state.
Every month, the Chronicle’s film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. In honor of our annual First Plates awards, handed out earlier this month, we've chosen some of our favorite films about chefs.
It seems peculiar, nay a massive oversight, that nobody has invented a specific term to describe the ever-growing library of modern horror films that deliberately evoke the mood, conventions, and tropes of Eighties independent low-budget horror. Case in point: VHS-inspired Beyond the Gates.