"...Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Martin Mull and James Belushi. Jingle All the Way is yet another scary, mean-spirited, holiday “comedy” that's about as much fun as a stocking full of dead spiders..."
"...In two years, Robert Schenkkan's LBJ drama All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now a sequel, The Great Society, is up and running at OSF...."
"...Starring: Jeremy Davies, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Rose Mcgowan, Rachel Weisz, Jill Clayburgh and Lesley Ann Warren. A period piece set in 1954, Going All the Way captures the growing pains and the unlikely friendship that's formed between two young men who have returned to their hometown of Indianapolis following their military service in the Korean War..."
"..."Is this America?" asks the woman, her voice ablaze with disbelief and outrage. She's just described her arrest, imprisonment in a county jail, and beating at the behest of a state highway patrolman – who ordered two prisoners to batter her with a blackjack as she lay face down on a bunk – all because she sought to register African-American citizens to vote in Mississippi..."
"...Arriving at Bowie at 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, I see students spilling into the parking lot, making plans to hook up later, climbing aboard one of the yellow buses lining the curb. Just watching them, with their spangled butterfly clips and baggy pants, makes me seize up: I wonder about the clothes I am wearing, the way I should talk, the awkward in between-ness of my age -- an adult to them but not to me..."
"...Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Wayby Ryan White Touchstone, 354 pp., $26.99..."
"...Over the next several months every time I’d visit New York I would look in the newspapers to see if Scott was performing. I didn’t know any other way to find him..."
"...Taking that sliver of time, which is when he comes under the most pressure of having to assume the presidency with the death of a beloved president, feeling that the country will never accept him or love him the way they loved Kennedy, that to me is the opportunity to examine who this guy really was, and how he was able to overcome that, and then move forward with this great legislative agenda. [inset-1-right]..."
"...JC: Well, a couple of years ago, I looked at my list of amazingly talented friends, and I thought, “Why aren’t we all working together?” I grew up watching … It always comes down to the Osmonds. It always comes down to the Osmonds..."
"..."A person who helps society advance. Let's put it this way: A pearl doesn't happen if it doesn't have an irritant in the shell!"..."
"...After reading your snarky cut-down of West Side Story – and, jeez, what did Russ Tamblyn ever do to you anyway? – I thought long and hard about whether or not it was ... hmmm....."
"...There's only one way to find out. Play along at www.savecinelasamericas.org...."
"...Starring: Geoffrey Lewis, Kristin Lehman, Dylan Kussman, James Caan, Scott Wilson, Nicky Katt, Taye Diggs, Juliette Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe. It should be obvious that a movie called The Way of the Gun is an unrepentantly violent and remorseless tale, as is fitting for a story about a couple of hard-core criminals to whom mercy represents nothing but a river in England..."
"...Goei's feature debut is a wistful, humorous, but ultimately fluffy look at those halcyon days, before punk, junk, and the onslaught of the Eighties. Talented newcomer (to our shores, anyway) Pang plays Ah Hock, a teenage misfit who spends his days stocking shelves at the local mini-mart and his nights laboriously practicing kung fu moves before his mirror while a poster of the late Bruce Lee looks down from above..."
"...Smith, puts it bluntly right off the bat when he tells new gulag arrival Janusz (Sturgess) that "kindness will get you killed here," and, indeed, small mercies are in woefully short supply as this sextet of the damned makes a mad dash out of the gulag and into the teeth of a howling blizzard (the better to hide their tracks), and from thereon into all manner of natural and man-made perils. Essentially a tale of the indomitable human will to survive, The Way Back is more notable for its mind-bending visual depiction of this insane trek (the film was shot on location in Pakistan, Morocco, and Bulgaria) than anything it has to say about either Stalin's brutality or the human spirit (surprise! it's uncrushable!)..."
"...Foxx plays Quincy, a book editor who, as the film opens, has gathered his friends and co-workers together to announce his impending nuptials to sex-kitten-cum-girlfriend Helen (Lawson). As so often happens in these situations (and you’d think by now Hollywood males would have the foresight to do away with these potentially emasculating gatherings altogether), Helen announces she has no intention of marrying Quincy and instead is flying off to Paris with his best man..."
"...Starring: Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Patricia Clarkson, Benjamin Mouton, Maurice Compte, Danny McBride and Shea Wingham. There’s a Silver Jews song called "Inside the Golden Days of Missing You" that laments the twin states of getting over love and getting over getting over love: "and then the feeling fades away, but you sort of wish it would have stayed." All the Real Girls is those words put to pictures, but not at first..."
"...Perhaps it's a lack between the two leads of that ineffable thing called “chemistry,” or maybe it's a lack of vision. Either way, this centerpiece does not have the weight to anchor the film..."
"...It was when the names were spoken that things got real. Up to that moment, everything happening in The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia felt contained within a fictional frame, that of an actor arriving at a darkened theatre to read a new play by someone she knows..."
"...You have to read Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel Wilson at least twice. You read Wilson the first time, you might come away with an overwhelming feeling of what an unsympathetic schmuck the main character is. Not bitter and arch in an entertaining Lloyd Llewellyn way or with the slapstick angst of Ivan Brunetti, ho ho ho, but …..."
"...They seek out promising new talent and give them the space and resources to develop into strong, vital creators. They explore new outlets for making and appreciating art, founding organizations and events that can connect culture with the community in innovative and invigorating ways..."
"...That fact suggests some of the desperation underlying these persistent attempts by Anglo Republican officials, accustomed to being in charge of everything Texan, to make certain that the way things are remain the way things are. It was only last month that another federal court ruled that the 2011 congressional district maps, drawn by that same Legislature, unconstitutionally discriminated on the basis of race..."
"...The sextet’s guitarist Chris Gebhard chimes in: “Wrenfro is the band I’ve always wanted to be in – great songwriting, great band.”..."
"...For Walsh, one of the greatest joys of the food forest project has been seeing the way it inspires such a diverse range of people, from neighborhood seniors to environmental justice advocates looking for ways to expand food access. The East Feast Coalition came to fruition in November 2012 when 20 people representing different parts of an emerging sustainable food system in East Austin gathered in Walsh's backyard..."
"...You may think Barbara Cook hit the heights musically on Broadway in the Golden Age of Musicals, but the original Cunegonde in Candide, Marian the librarian in The Music Man, and Amalia in She Loves Me begs to differ. This stage treasure, performing at Bass tonight, insists she's a better singer today than she was five years ago...."
"..."Like everyone else, I associate him with the space program, with 1960s optimism. He represented the aspirations of America in a great way, and that's a voice that's hard to find right now..."
"...At 94 items, Thursday’s City Council meeting agenda is about as lengthy as they come. It’s your chance to weigh in on the budget planning – public hearings begin in the early evening – along the way, the Mobility Bond is up for final approval, and plenty more on the to-do list...."
"...Denisof: No, no. I mean it in a good way...."
"...GIRLIE NIGHT: PRETTY IN PINK To celebrate the end of an era at the Lamar theater, Girlie Night is kicking it high school style and throwing a cinematic prom. Come dressed in your finest pink ensemble (bonus points if you sew it yourself) and enjoy the John Hughes classic that created teams (Blaine vs Duckie!) way before Edward and Jacob..."
"...Then think of all the indie filmmakers whose films never make it to a regular cinema. And now think of all the film fans staying away in droves – wishing an archive print of Battleship Potemkin was playing rather than Battleship..."
"...If audiences could just see higher-quality fights, they would view boxing as the cunning, fast-paced battle of wits as much as fists that it is. He doesn't approve of the way boxing's current curators seem to allow the best fighters to avoid each other, and he is willing to be the voice of a new era that would put an end to exhausting dramas like the Mayweather-Pacquiao perpetual card tease..."
"...Russell Glasser, president of the Atheist Community of Austin: None of them, obviously. We should believe things based on available evidence. People always try to cope with the unknown by inventing stories about all-powerful beings that explain everything ....."
"...So: These toothpicks come 12 at a time, each dozen in a small Daneson-branded brownglass test tube that's been corked & sealed. As noted above, they're sturdy, tapered microcylinders of northern white birch; and their taste is not overpowering at all (unlike those cinnamon toothpicks from back in gradeschool days, always the rumor of that one kid who chewed too many & had to go to the emergency room with a chemically burned mouth, remember?)..."
"...The show seemed very queer to me in the way it was shaped, the vision of how the audience was to experience the life in question, the levels of permission the audience gave or refused in bearing a physical witness to a life. It wasn't narrative, so while I learned a great deal about her, I have no idea who she is..."
"...For those of you less interested in a very horny Christmas, Etsy is great for all things handmade and not off an assembly line. I always feel good giving a person money for something they personally made..."
"...Austin needs a lot more affordable housing. What about building more affordable housing in the Mueller development area and in the East Riverside area? I hate to see Austin go the way of Boulder, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; and Palo Alto, Calif..."
"...Dear Editor, The U.S. taxes more corporate income at higher rates than most of the world but mere facts won't stand in the way of Jim Hightower's class-warfare agenda ["The Hightower Report," June 4]. The U.S..."
"...I was walking through my neighborhood not too long ago with a friend whose band had recently had some success. As we walked, we spotted a woman, about a block away, who appeared to be making a beeline for us..."
"...Or, in the case of Mr. Hightower, "Scalia bad, and don't let the facts get in the way of a good takedown." But I hold The Austin Chronicle to a higher standard..."
"...C'mon, folks; if it's bad enough to close down much of the city, it's bad enough to salt. Obviously, there are a lot of people who will have to drive in it anyway; certainly they deserve to have safer roads under their wheels..."
"...Britt Daniel: It's really hard for me to describe things like that, I just know that when we set out to record it, we wanted it -- in a very basic, and not good way of describing it -- to be more like Series of Sneaks. I wanted it to be a little bit weirder than Girls Can Tell..."
"...It's hard not to notice that in separate interviews, months apart and fully outside each other's earshot, Miles Zuniga and Joey Shuffield both quote the same music industry dictum as a way of explaining what keeps them going when they're already going around the clock. "Anytime I start to lose focus, I remind myself of being in the van and wondering if my day job was going to take me back six weeks later," says Shuffield, Fastball's drummer..."
"...Several friends, many of them longtime Austinites who eat out often, had never heard of this unassuming source of authentic Chinese cuisine. While always packed during weekday lunch, Pao's is rarely more than half full in the evenings or during weekend dim sum...."
"...I think Rajamani's way out there, routinely conjuring the essence of what makes music interesting rather than getting hung up on the pedantic particulars of its creation. When done well, music should appeal to a fundamental sameness of people on a human and, dare I say, spiritual level, which makes all cultural and ethnic divides superfluous..."
"...It's a thrill, seeing a picture of the place with a poster for a Douglas Fairbanks movie in front. But anyway, I went to college and enlisted in the service to stay out of Vietnam..."
"..."I think they saw me as someone who could be a big money-making artist," recalls Willis, "but the records [I made for MCA] always suffered, because there was a huge difference of opinion. I wanted to take my time to become somebody -- like Iris DeMent, who is an artist trying to make good music..."
"...It's a monstrous misconception to think, as many do, the great 49ers teams were pass-happy units. Those teams always had great running backs..."
"...Tugg reached out to Snyder last fall. "I wasn't sure that it was going to be the right fit, but I'd always wanted to do features," notes Snyder..."
"...It's hard to do. The expansion rules have always put new teams at a decided disadvantage with two noteworthy exceptions, the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars..."