"...Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Sam Oz Stone, Gillian Jacobs and James Rebhorn. Based very loosely on a short story by original Twilight Zone scribe Richard Matheson, The Box is a convoluted and capricious morality tale that cobbles together sci-fi, absent body parts, NASA, Sartre, and Cameron Diaz into a not-altogether-functional mix that is nevertheless creepy on its own terms..."
"...More book than box per se, The Disco Box, compiled by Billboard and A&R veteran Brian Chin, is a 4-CD, 60-page tribute to the dancing queen. According to its producer, it also purports to "illuminate and document disco's other two elements: the music and the DJs." Huh? The haphazard, non-linear liner notes attempt to tell the real story of the club and DJ culture of the Seventies ooh-ooh dance scene, but succeed only at confounding anyone bothering to read the editor's nightmare..."
"...It's an amazing thing to witness one person speaking for 90 minutes and holding an audience with few props other than his voice, gestures, synaptic wanderings, comic sense and narrative timing. In Monster in a Box, Gray manages to draw on these same talents to create a self-invented space that welcomes the audience in while imposing his own perceptions on their experience..."
"...If you've ever spent the weekend in a small town in Louisiana, you probably observed someone using what is referred to as a "Cajun microwave." It's a rectangular wooden or metal box with a tight fitting lid. Smoke and the mouthwatering aroma of roasting pork were probably pouring out...."
"...When Al's out-of-town job assignment is temporarily shut down, instead of going back home to his family Al impulsively rents a car and goes off in search of a lake in the area that he remembers having visited as a child (and also presumably remembers once having experienced what it was like to have fun). It's during this journey that he meets up with the Kid (Rockwell) -- a carefree, modern-day, wood sprite manboy in a coonskin cap, who lives on the land in a gutted-out trailer among a phantasmagoria of detritus, pilfered lawn ornaments and boxes of moonlight..."
"...Starting with the portentous title, the complex political issues of Hong Kong's transfer from British to Chinese rule are variously symbolized by hacked-open fish with hearts still beating, a jilted and disfigured young woman, and a pathetic dog who amuses his master by running to exhaustion on a treadmill. Unfortunately, even for a fan of Wang's earnestly humane cinema, Chinese Box is likely to invoke yet another image: a slightly confused-looking Chinese-American man flinging random buckets full of shit at a movie screen and hoping something sticks..."
"...Wildly ambitious and structurally frustrating, yet quite funny and entertaining, Jeff Lau's first film since the disappointing Chow Yun Fat vehicle Treasure Hunt is also his best since his absurd 1993 masterpiece Eagle Shooting Heroes. And while this two-part epic (Pandora's Box, the first installment, plays this weekend; the second film, Cinderella, comes in two weeks) never quite achieves the relentlessly inventive comic momentum of Eagle Shooting Heroes, A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora's Box does manage to surpass it in terms of sheer imagination and fantasy..."
"..."Difficult" third album Talking With the Tax Man About Poetry (1986) found all this hooligan-hollering backed for the first time by a band, which netted Bragg the lump-in-the-throat poignancy of "Levi Stubbs' Tears" and the wry, cold-war witticism of "Help Save the Youth of America," as well as the bracing a cappella anthem "Hold the Fort." Only Volume 1's DVDs fail to inflame either heart or head, despite historical performances such as Bragg playing a schoolroom in Sandinistan Nicaragua. Ultimately the box would have benefited from a more comprehensive set of liner notes and visual ephemera..."
"...Even if Hancock lacks (or simply doesn't aspire to) his mentor Miles' odd negative charisma, he has traced a similarly jagged line through jazz history for nearly 40 years. This 6-CD box set captures a few of the more important zigs and zags along the way, as well as making clear the knack for blending tradition and innovation he has maintained through all the changes..."
"...Despite that, employers can get into trouble with the federal government for discriminating solely on the basis of a criminal record, if that discrimination both "significantly disadvantage[s]" people of a specific race, national origin, or other protected category, and "do[es] not help the employer accurately decide if the person is likely to be a responsible, reliable, or safe employee." But that rule is hard to enforce. An employer could get in trouble for refusing to consider all applications with checked criminal history boxes, but they're allowed to decide that they don't want to hire any particular person on the basis of their criminal record..."
"...A battle is brewing in Lakeway over putting a big-box store on city-owned land on State Highway 71, land the city desperately wants to develop to provide much-needed sales-tax revenue to the city's home-heavy tax rolls...."
"...Almost a year ago, when activists convinced a City Council buffeted by Lowe's and Wal-Mart to ask for a study of the impact of big-box retail, it seemed clear what such a study would conclude: that big boxes harm local independent business a species whose health and welfare is a prime focus of City Hall policy and cost their host communities more than they return in tax revenue. It took until June for the study, commissioned from Jon Hockenyos of Texas Perspectives and Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning Group, to appear at City Hall, by which time the groups who'd sought it including Liveable City, Austin Full Circle, and the Austin Independent Business Alliance were no longer surprised that it came to quite different conclusions...."
"...While you were drinking, listening to the hot Aussie bands, and/or watching basketball, hardier souls than you have spent Mad March cogitating over big-box retail and its discontents. City staffers, consultants, boards and commissions, stakeholder groups, and the other Oompa Loompas appear to be heading for the homestretch, and City Hall should be able to articulate a strategy for combating commercial sprawl and its resulting environmental, economic, and architectural damage soon, before its attentions get fully consumed (again) by the city's fiscal and budgetary problems...."
"...But Straw's not in Kansas anymore; she's in Austin, trying to get work as an actress in a town where film roles are limited and women's roles even more so. On top of the double-bind faced by the Austin film actresses I spoke to for Parts I and II of this series ("Tales From the Beauty Box," Feb..."
"...Unlike the actors I interviewed for "Tales From the Beauty Box," Feb. 20, Beeler doesn't often get called in to audition for Hot Chick #2..."
"...Thanks to the likes of Boots Randolph and Sonny Rollins, most folks don't think of the saxophone as an instrument for playing classical music. But David Box is doing his bit to change that..."
"...My favorite anecdote in Stacy Mitchell's new book, Big-Box Swindle, is self-referential. Discussing the buying power of the major bookselling chains, which has begun to directly influence even which books get published, Mitchell cites parenthetically her own experience...."
"...For women, however, the range of available types is narrower, the flexibility to move between them nonexistent, and the expiration dates for most non-negotiable. Actress Kelli Bland (Austin High, The Man From Orlando) put it this way: "You have your box, and you have to be your box..."
"...So you've made the list, trying to steer clear of the boring old mundane gifts like underwear, socks, sweaters (useful about five days a year in Austin), checked it twice, don't give a damn who's naughty or nice, but you've still got one person who is just plain difficult to buy for. How about video box sets? They're the gift that keeps on giving, at least until video is completely superseded by DVDs...."
"...But any actress will tell you: That bridge is coming for them all. The Austin actresses I've interviewed for this series ("Tales From the Beauty Box," Feb..."
"...I was at City Hall last week and asked one VIP to comment on the big-box retail study presented to the City Council last week. "It was amazing!" this person said, tongue wedged somewhere between cheek and eardrum..."
"...A 45-day moratorium on big-box retail projects over the Edwards Aquifer has thrown a monkey wrench into Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse's hook-or-by-crook development efforts. Despite the City Council's near unanimous agreement on the temporary ban, lawyers and lobbyists for Lowe's had hoped council members would deliver a vote today (Thursday) on an offer they couldn't refuse: a 162,000-square-foot store over the aquifer -- or else...."
"...On a brighter note, Daryl Slusher last week directed the city manager's office to establish guidelines for a study that would examine the economic, social, and environmental impact of Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers' expanded presence in Austin. The council will vote this week to go ahead with the study, first recommended by the city Zoning and Platting Commission when it endorsed the zoning requests for Wal-Mart's Slaughter Lane and Ben White projects...."
"...An amended version of the Big Box Ordinance has bounced back down from council to the Planning Commission; with the commission's Jan. 16 meeting canceled due to weather, the ordinance still awaits a new review...."
"...This particular dispute is the least publicized of the three big-box battles currently playing out south of Ben White. More energy has gone into trying to prevent two super-stores from being built on top of the increasingly endangered Edwards Aquifer -- another proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter at MoPac and Slaughter and a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley -- than it has to a proposed development in the preferred growth corridor along I-35...."
"...Peppers isn't alone in its dichotomy. Differences between the Beatles' two behemoth box sets of remastered catalog play out like Civil War North/South politics...."
"...Ever seen a fuse box explode?..."
"...Eddie Rodriguez and Lon Burnam and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman) called on Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey S. Connor to require that all electronic voting systems print out a paper version of a cast ballot that can be verified by the voter before being deposited into a ballot box...."
"...Come on out -- it's safe to laugh now. Perhaps the best thing about the invention of the compact disc is the resultant proliferation of box sets -- enabling artists' entire careers, or at least large samples thereof, to be collected in an easily carried package..."
"...Sometimes they're for kids, like the Keepsakes series, and sometimes they're most definitely for adults or at least teens, such as The Return of the Tribal: Body Adornment Kit. They are the box sets of the book world, not simply a collection of titles in a gift sleeve but gifts that do more than offer reading -- you can play with them...."
"...Long before he became Daptone Records' leading man and the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," Charles Bradley doubled as Black Velvet, a James Brown impersonator performing in a Brooklyn night club. Released on what would have been his 70th birthday, the Black Velvet Deluxe Box pays loving tribute in eulogizing the late, great soul singer, who died last year..."
"...Think of how you can buy a box of cookies and have them sent to American troops stationed overseas. The uniquely American connotation of Girl Scout cookies serves to turn that box of snacks into a gesture of patriotic symbolism...."
"..."Are you afraid of dying?," asks bassist Roger Waters in a handwritten note, labeled "Questions for Assorted Lunatics," in one of countless bonus features included in the album's 3-CD/2-DVD/1-Blu-ray Immersion box set. "When were you last violent? Were you in the right?"..."
"...Twilight of the Little Boxes..."
"...A revised version of the Big Box Ordinance bounced back from council to the Planning Commission for review on Jan. 16. A key change forwarded by City Council Member Lee Leffingwell was a developer-friendly provision to allow a single, combined public hearing for 1) the big-box retail conditional-use permit and 2) rezoning..."
"...The perfect Richard Thompson box set would feature his beginnings with pioneering British folk band Fairport Convention, his work as a sideman with artists like Sandy Denny, then an overview of his solo work, including a healthy helping of his ex-wife Linda. It would stress his uncommon talents as a guitarist and songwriter by spotlighting his studio albums, but also contain some marvelous live performances, with rarities to accent Thompson's ability to entertain..."
"...Directed by: @tmark. Bringing IT to YOU (NR, 60 min.) and Suicide Box (NR, 13 min.) are two videos that investigate corporate sabotage and the confused role of technology in contemporary culture..."
"..."That's the box in which we find ourselves," replied the mayor. State law, he explained, includes specific deadlines for local tax exemptions..."
"...Despite that, the Seattle punk trio's third LP emerged a roaring swan song, coursing with deafening angst while highlighted by tender moments of self-realization. This obligatory 20th anniversary box, three CDs and a DVD, includes the classic album, complete with Litt's vocally inflated edits of "Heart Shaped Box" and "All Apologies," as well as Albini's original, notably rawer mixes of those songs..."
"...The Beach BoysSmile Sessions Box Set (Capitol)..."
"...Thirty-four years after his death, after most if not all of his recorded output has been issued and re-issued, and after last year's massive 30-CD The Complete Elvis Presley Masters box set, this 5-CD set demonstrates how and why Elvis Presley became an international sensation. Concentrating exclusively on 1956, his first year with RCA and one in which he sold 10 million singles, 3 million EPs, and 800,000 albums, it's exhaustive, fascinating, and probably just for the obsessive..."
"...David BowieDavid Bowie Box (ISO/Columbia/Legacy)..."
"...The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium(Rhino)..."
"...Dear Editor, Efforts to facilitate traffic flow in Oak Hill (April 20, p.10) [“Postmarks”] and on MoPac (p.19) [“MoPac Expansion Update,” News] are both doomed due to planners’ failure to think outside the box. The intellectual box in which they find themselves is the belief that transportation solutions lie in maintaining existing lanes devoted to auto traffic and then adding either more lanes, in the case of MoPac, or in the case of Oak Hill, waiting for commuter rail. Fortunately for Mexico City, traffic planners there thought outside the box and realized that devoting eight lanes to autos on their major north-south arterial, Avenida Insugentes, was only resulting in ever-longer traffic jams..."
"...BlondieSingles Box (EMI)..."
"...It's the opportunity to create new ones, as well. For those new to Freaks and Geeks (and presumably less willing to shell out $120 for the deluxe set, which comes with its own yearbook), a smaller box set is available for $70 from Shout! Factory..."
"...H.R. Pufnstuf: The Ultimate Box Set(Kid Rhino, 1999, VHS: $59.98)..."
"...As R.E.M. continues firing off 25th anniversary reissues, the absurdly massive 8-CD/1-DVD live box of the Athens, Ga., quartet in the UK drops like a bomb..."
"...Brian Malarkey, chef/partner of Searsucker in Austin, shares, "I recently learned of the highly unusual underground lunch box item trading circle – chocolate milk is like gold. Carrots are like pennies – cute but no one wants them." He's discovered that the best way to deal with picky eaters is to get them as involved as possible in the harvesting and preparation of their food..."
"...Idiosyncratic singer-songwriters seem resistant to career-spanning box sets. Of those never anthologized, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Steve Earle come to mind..."