"...Director Bryan Singer, reclaiming the film franchise he launched in 2000, means to establish from the first reel that Days of Future Past is not messing around. Via voiceover, Professor X (Stewart) explains the catastrophic present, in which killing machines called Sentinels have wiped out most of the world’s mutant population and many of their human defenders, too..."
"...government at the ready, Brazleton, who’s luckily spent the last two decades decamped in the California desert designing a burrowing machine just in case somebody might need to go to the center of the Earth in a hurry, finesses his craft into being, and the group heads way, way south to jump-start the planet via nuclear weapons. In one of the film’s more willfully goofball moments (and there are many), the federal government brings in a teenage hacker (Qualls of The New Guy) to "hack the planet" and make sure that nobody in the world knows the severity of what’s happening..."
"...We toast our victories, and commiserate our defeats … like the U.S. not making the World Cup..."
"...17) Terry Allen, “Hold on to the House,” Bottom of the World..."
"...On the city's letterhead and bumper stickers, Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World." But what if we were merely charming instead? When word leaked out this past March that city planners were considering changing Austin's official slogan to "Experience the C.H.A.R.M. [Culture, Heritage, Arts, Recreation, and Music] of Austin," local clubowners, musicians, and industry leaders sat up and took notice..."
"...Certainly these photographs are an ideological choice of Byron's. First, the choice to do the photographs in this part of the world is itself a statement..."
"...Before we're 15 minutes into the film, she's eyed half a dozen prospective partners. Like the world-weary Gabor, her psychic baggage requires a special Pullman car to carry it; unlike him, she's still, ostensibly, a child..."
"..."Austin is the live music capital of the world, but San Marcos is starting to be its younger cousin," says Clark, adding that Texas State's population now exceeds that of UNT. "A lot of that is coming from our program."..."
"...Flukinger notes that Newman also "did his homework" on subjects. Thus, on the one hand, the avant-garde 12-tone composer Pierre Boulez is framed by sharp lines and angles; while on the other, trees are reflected in the sliding glass door of Ansel Adams' home, and in Adams' eyeglasses, so that he merges with the natural world..."
"...In fact, it is a rather cynical expression of our culture's willingness to submit to the every beck and call of this kind of programming. In its opening seconds, Series 7 drops us into the episodic world of The Contenders, the movie's fictive reality TV program, which is now in its seventh season -- or Series 7..."
"...Older Sonny (Seda) has the talent, as does middle kid Jimmy (Collins), but it's the smallish Johnny (Hernandez) who sticks by his father's fightin' side through thick and thin. As the years fly by, Arturo attempts to groom his boys for the world of professional prize fighting and encounters all manner of problems, from Sonny's decision to get married and perhaps settle down to Jimmy's rebellious attitude and drug use..."
"...Starring: Kate Bosworth, Craig Kirkwood, Kip Pardue, Hayden Panettiere, Nicole Ari Parker, Ethan Suplee, Ryan Hurst, Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Will Patton and Denzel Washington. While the rest of the world has its collective eyeballs on the big games down under, Disney has seen fit to offer viewers stateside some sporting rah-rahs of their own in the form of this woefully simplistic football-as-metaphor-for-racial-unity flick..."
"..."We have a history in the United States of not understanding the rest of the planet," says Chair of the Department of Radio-TV-Film John Downing. "It is imperative for students on this campus to understand the rest of the world..."
"...The Ceremony is a jewel-box of a film – lush and articulate in its evocation of the world and relationships of French author and dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet. It purrs and thrums...."
"...Unpacking a Wes Anderson movie is like digging through the world's most twee luggage set...."
"...Richard Story, a 2005 film by director Greg Carter that's screening as part of the Made in Texas Film Series at the Bullock Museum in partnership with the Austin Film Festival. Check out his wild journey from the top to rock-bottom and back again, and join the rest of the world in wondering if the 2013 Astros can make as impressive a comeback...."
"...This is the world that the social Web is building in 2013: Rather than conferring legitimacy onto sites like Tumblr and Reddit, powerful entities – from AMA participant Bill Gates to the Tumblr-using Obama campaign – are turning to those outlets, on their own terms, in order to be legitimized. Who's the Boss?..."
"...OTR Austin Powell ended the inning with a great catch for the third out. We are all so glad he is back from the dreadful world of all things unsoftball, and back with a vengeance...."
"...Watching him play, it was obvious he was off in his own world, one ruled by the absolute definition of soul, where one's inner life is expressed entirely by music. Naturally, it was the only advertised Jerry Williams show in Los Angeles for the rest of the Eighties..."
"...Like so many people around the world, I have fallen for the tantalizing neon promises of the Corporate Gym. I was assured that health, happiness, and muscles the size of small countries could all be obtained in the fun, sweat-ridden, and over-packed environment to which I would have the privilege of belonging for only $18 a month...."
"...This isn't just about getting the film out there around the world. This is about getting Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that's why there's a petition accompanying the fundraiser..."
"...The small studio now contains six men. The on-air conversation, prompted by male callers, poses the burning questions of the day: How good are the New York Yankees, who have just won the World Series, and how bad is Texas A&M football coach R.C..."
"...Louis Cardinals and the release of the new Okkervil River album alongside word of the I'm Not There soundtrack. And while life would indeed go on for the Chroniclers as well as the world around them – please, God, let it – the People of Book were not nearly as fortunate: They were ritually beheaded according to the ancient Maya rules of competition adapted and agreed upon for this Unofficial Shadow League of Local Businesses showcase..."
"...Terror is real and threatening, cursing the darkness necessary. There are so many cancers eating us from inside – immigrants, the media, teachers, Democrats, liberals, minorities – while outside much of the world is deadly and threatening, ready to tear us apart and drink our blood...."
"...Not reviewed at press time. Produced by World Wide Pictures, the motion picture arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Ride promises inspirational entertainment..."
"...It’s only been four years since Sacha Baron Cohen’s last starring role in The Dictator, but it feels like ages. Baron Cohen’s subversive brand of immersive, in-your-face guerrilla comedy has found its tragicomic equal in – who’d’a thunk it? – the real world..."
"...In a computer-generated sea of carefully obscured traumas and tidy life lessons, one sentient sponge dares not to take animated matters so seriously. Arriving a full decade after its big-screen predecessor, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water returns to the hand-drawn depths of Bikini Bottom and maintains the anarchic charms of both that film and the Nickelodeon series that introduced the world to the wide-eyed, high-pitched likes of SpongeBob SquarePants...."
"...When a certified letter is delivered to septuagenarian Tony (Broadbent), something – Tony’s absentmindedness, life’s constant stream of distractions – keeps preventing Tony from opening it. We see the letter get stuffed into a jacket pocket and shoved to the bottom of a pile, building suspense while letting the viewer get to know Tony’s small world – a pregnant daughter (Dockery), an affectionately exasperated ex-wife (Walter) – before his equilibrium is rattled once he finally opens the letter...."
"...If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken..."
"...The string of coincidences surrounding the band, its artwork, and the destruction of the World Trade Center was surreal, and they came back to haunt them on the band's first European tour that December. James, the group's bassist, was detained at the Amsterdam airport, told he was a threat to security..."
"...Awwwww. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world?..."
"...Texans show their true colors, Daryl talks back, and lesbian bars around the world disappear, as your AggreGAYtor casts aspersions on certain asparagus...."
"...Thanks also to the tasting panel judges for their time and expertise. As I looked around at the brain power, I felt a sense of pride in what has happened in Texas' wine world over the last decade..."
"...It is Giammetti’s command of the design house’s business operation which allows Valentino to create, unfettered by practical details. Valentino’s seamless world of haute couture does not mesh well with a world governed ever-increasingly by the bottom line..."
"...So without further ado, the Top 10 Censored Stories of 2000 are ...1. World Bank and Multinational Companies Seek to Privatize Water Awards to: Jim Shultz, In These Times and This; Maude Barlow, International Forum on Globalization; Vandana Shiva, Canadian Dimension; Daniel Zoll and Pratap Chatterjee, San Francisco Bay Guardian The authors of this year's first-place award all started with the same premise: that global water consumption is doubling every 20 years and that by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise to 56% more than the amount currently available...."
"...Where the Jobs Are The "creative class" and its work may constitute more than half the local economy, but the three big sectors of the local entertainment world are only a fraction of that, and not a very well-defined one. The music industry is responsible, according to economist Jon Hockenyos of economic consulting group Texas Perspectives, for 11,200 jobs in Austin and about $616 million in direct, indirect, and induced economic activity..."
"...That's multi as in "multiplex" or, more specifically, the Driftwood Theatre 8, which opened in Marble Falls last June. This harsh lesson in the Hobbesian ways of the world hasn't been lost on the locals..."
"..."In the end, the vision and the reality are intact; that we can have an Austin-style natural creekway and still have the development we want and need," says Lorenz. "While we'll have to tolerate up to a 25-year flood event, it's not the end of the world and the sky is not falling." By "natural," Lorenz means not a nature trail per se, but a "soft edge" between people and creek, as opposed to the "choked-off concrete ditch" suggested by the Trias renderings...."
"...A crying object can easily be faked, according to world-renowned skeptic James Randi of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Randi, who made his name as a professional magician, has for many years been in the business of debunking claims of the paranormal, psychics, faith healers, and religious miracles..."
"...Two days later, the board fired Augustine. Environmentalists and urban planners agree that a viable mass transit system through light rail would keep Austin one of the world's truly great cities and relieve our dangerously overcrowded highways..."
"...In the halcyon days of the early internet, users envisioned a future in which information would freely cross borders, uniting nations and spreading ideas about human rights across the globe. But recent government interference on the web has made this ideal, open world seem increasingly out of reach...."
"...AC: What does Giovanni (Zoppe of the Zoppe Family Circus and Nik’s uncle,) think of where you’re taking it? He’s doing interesting things, but his vision is different in the exact opposite direction. He’s recreating the old world feel..."
"...And we meet not only an older, more maternal Thursday but a grittier, more violent Thursday and a softer, more holistic Thursday. The latter pair are versions of the heroine as she appears in novels published in Thursday's world, which means that when the "real" Thursday leaps into Bookworld, where all literary characters live, she can meet her fictional selves..."
"..."My hippies couldn't work with Willie's hippies. Tim pulled off what I consider to be one of the world's greatest public relations miracles..."
"...Please consider this your final notification. If you wish to reconsider payment of your incurred debt, you may contact me on this machine under the slug "zontar." I'm afraid that at this point I can accept nothing but a cashier's check issued by the World Bank and forwarded to me at light speed no later than this evening...."
"...“Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved sea creatures,” she says. “But my earliest memory is the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Disney World − especially where the Nautilus goes through where all the squid are..."
"...Ten days ago, there was a secret advance screening of a studio comedy in Austin. Then the world came to a screeching halt, and The Interview was shelved..."
"...Bold, I know, but there's a lot to be said for making something with your own two hands. And in a world with dozens (if not hundreds) of options for store-bought baked goods, I'll always stand by the homemade version...."
"...As the founding mothers of modern derby, the Texas Rollergirls, enter their tenth year, it's amazing and a little scary to think how much the world has changed. The expansion, both national and international, shows no sign of slowing..."