"...At the end of the month, he was hitching a ride out of West Lake Hills to get to the nearest bus stop, then taking a sobering hourlong bus ride home. Cubas only had a temporary passport into the world of extreme wealth..."
"...As a UT student, he had raided the shelves of the Perry-Castañeda Library for every one of Moorcock's books. When the Clockwork website launched, Roberson wrote what he calls "this really long, rambling review" of Moorcock's Second Ether trilogy..."
"...Chris Stapleton made his Austin City Limits debut Monday riding country music’s hottest hand. Long a hit songwriter, he stepped into the spotlight with 2015 debut Traveller..."
"...I’m going to try some new ones: Cobalt. Supposedly they last longer, they’re more toned...."
"...With two hugely popular video versions of the song on MTV back when it counted, not to mention his longtime band Silvertone and matinee-idol good looks, Isaak went on to create a distinct repertoire through nine studio albums that included hits like “Baby Did a Bad Thing” from Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut and “Somebody’s Crying.”..."
"...Porter grew up listening to Sixties folk and Southern rock records that belonged to his family. He also sampled country radio in his dad’s home workshop and pickup truck..."
"...A rare dud from two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk marches in formation but stirs little awe. The troops perform admirably and complete the film’s overall mission, but nothing has been won, no ground is gained..."
"...Voices deepen; bodies change. Given the movie industry’s obsessive need to sequelize everything until the numbers no longer add up, the natural maturation process can quickly age a franchise dependent upon fossilized cast members to remain forever young, Harry Potter notwithstanding..."
"...As 2015 heats up, so do some of the gayest events of the season. Pride is the big one, at over a week long..."
"...You ever hear some grizzled codger with six teeth say that before falling on his face in the damp sawdust of a decades-old gin mill? You ever fight off the urge to kick those few remaining teeth down his throat – hey, he just dissed you in front of your best girl – fight it off long enough to really consider the wisdom lurking in that geezer's words?..."
"...Setting aside Guarino's strong personal style that has its roots in the pop-culture macabre, I found this work underscored with environmental commentary. The unification of humans and animals has a long mythic history..."
"...CM: I did. And every now and again something comes along that bucks the trend and then immediately everyone sort of jumps all over it..."
"...After its summer-long sojourn in Budgetanistan, City Council returns to more mundane duties this week, including the usual pileup of zoning proposals – no less than 30 – as well as a brace of annexations. The largest of these is of the long-beleaguered Wildhorse Ranch acreage – 2,380 acres of ongoing legal troubles at the intersection of US 130 and 290 East..."
"...The William Chris Winery resides in tiny Hye, Texas, about halfway between Johnson City and Stonewall. There, long time grape growers Bill Blackman and Chris Brundrett decided to build their dream winery and show the world that they had talents beyond farming...."
"...And he – he just hit me up out of the blue, really. I got a message from him, "Hey, you wanna go get a drink, I've got some business ideas I wanna talk to you about." And I'm thinking, yeah, he wants me to host some shows at the sing-along or whatever, and if I can get some free movie tickets out of the deal, I'll host the shit outta that..."
"..."I think there's an implicit respect for the reader/viewer in this 'earlier culture' that isn't obvious today," says Ware, "in the overt sexuality and 'coolness' of everything from architecture to music to graphic design. I feel like so much of today's world is simply mocking its inhabitants -- it preserves and extends adolescence as long as possible, regardless of its unsightliness."..."
"...Worth native is credited with production, session, or solo work on nearly 80 different recordings spanning the length of his 30-year career as a professional musician. With Bruton, whose most used conversational phrase appears to be, "To make a long story short," it's a given that each and every gig has an anecdote, adventure, and lesson learned attached..."
"...My first awareness of Margaret wasn’t long after I discovered Raul’s, either in high school or still the earliest days of the Big Boys. At that point, she was predominantly part of the Texas Blondes, a roving group of insane, quasi-groupie girls that basically scared the hell outta me! I was just a kid, 18, so a lot of people that were part of Margaret’s crowd were grownups, people seeing how hard they could push you before you freaked out..."
"...Fears that the Downtown Commission's CVC review is motivated by development interests specifically, a desire to build residential high-rises within existing view corridors are accurate. Some Downtown Commissioners long have wanted to revisit the development restrictions imposed by the view corridors..."
"...Alastair Galbraith/Matt DeGennaro, Long Wires in Dark Museums Vol. 1..."
"...It could have been a lot worse. Even still, it's a long fucking way from Smith..."
"...LONG FRINGE BRING YOUR OWN VENUE at the ACC GALLERY THEATRE..."
"...Yes, we have our favorites (Critics Picks) and so do you (Readers Poll). (It is interesting to note that many stalwarts received posthumous votes despite no longer qualifying as survivors.) This is a great issue to keep handy throughout the year, to try some new things you haven't yet or to be inspired to visit old ones you might have forgotten...."
"..."Surviving Desire" by Hal Hartley Now in its third year, the CinemaTexas Festival has expanded from a showcase of University of Texas student filmmakers' work to include a juried, international competition of short video and films, most no longer than 45 minutes, many less than 15. When CinemaTexas went international last year, it attracted 250 submissions..."
"...Over the course of that lengthy gestation, star Rinko Kikuchi was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Babel and has since gone on to Pacific Rim and 47 Ronin. Certainly though, Kumiko's impending March release is set to catapult longtime Austin filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner – and Ohlson as well – onto a whole new cinematic playing field..."
"...I thought it was over. Life was no longer about the goals and dreams I wanted to fulfill, but about survival..."
"...of 66 and a mental age of 11, and because of this, and perhaps also due in part to Her Majesty's need for a convenient scapegoat, Derek will soon become the first man hanged for murder in England despite an overwhelming cry for “mercy” coming from both his jurors and a fuming public in general. Peter Medak, who last year gave us his brilliant study of gangsterism in post-war Britain, The Krays, has succeeded in producing one of the most moving and disturbing films I've seen quite a long time..."
"...Smoke Signals is alight with oddball nuances and wry observations: the reservation's radio station, KREZ, uses a broken-down van at the deserted crossroads to gauge the (nonexistent) traffic conditions, and Victor's mother Arlene (Cardinal) is a master in the fine art of flatbread-making. Subtle, lyrically haunting touches like these evoke a palpable sense of loss and the sub-poverty level of Native American life, but also unite the tribe – broken by alcohol and abuse though they may be – in long-held beliefs and rituals..."
"...Starring: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum and Robin Williams. No matter how long writer/director Chris Columbus (Mrs..."
"...Terence Davies, a filmmaker best known for his autobiographical and impressionistic memory pieces about life in postwar England (The Long Day Closes and Distant Voices, Still Lives being real standouts), has taken to literary adaptations of late (Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea among them). He adapted Sunset Song from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel..."
"...Heights opens with Diana (Close), a venerable stage and screen actress, teaching a master class on Macbeth. Grande-dame style, she bellows to her students about the passionlessness of modern living; her curtain call is to urge them, "For Christ’s sake, take a risk sometime this weekend." It’s a curious jumping-off point for this intersecting story that follows a half-dozen New Yorkers over the course of one long day and night..."
"...The performances are all dead-on, though Wahlberg's character is really just one note, or monster wail, away from his fresh-faced Dirk Diggler of Boogie Nights (only this time it's sex, drugs, and the metal lifestyle that sends him spiraling into the bell jar … then again, not that far a cry from the porn industry). If you have zero affection for those long-ago fast times in metal alley -- and there's certainly no shame in that, in fact, it's probably a point of pride -- then Rock Star's gems will be wasted on you..."
"...It's apparent from the start that Chris, awash in idealistic creativity and the sort of banked anxieties that would drive anyone screaming up an olive tree, is the heavy here, but halfway through you realize the pitch is fairly even. When Gitti opens up to him – we have no idea how long they've been a couple, but it feels as though this painful pas de deux has been going on for some time – about moving in together, he shuts down while she ramps up..."
"...Ain’t that just like the Christians to get their knickers in a knot over nothing? Did they really think that New Line Cinema (the producers of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy) would risk precious box-office returns and a cultural dust-up by preserving the anti-organized-religion bent of the source material, British children's author Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy? The Golden Compass trades in the novels' evil Magisterium – a society-controlling organization meant to stand in for the church (any church, really) – as something just as evil but more SS-inspired (from swastikalike imagery down to McBurney's greasy, Adolf combover). The film (and series at large), inspired in part by Milton's Paradise Lost, charts the coming of age of Lyra Belacqua (Richards, a dirtied delight), a 12-year-old orphan living in a steampunk universe parallel to Oxford, England, whose fate – which has something to do with a holy, multiverse war yet to come – was long ago predicted by witches..."
"...Rowling. (So far, Rowling has only published four of the books; the long-delayed fifth should be out early next year.) The HP series is quite rightfully beloved, children's books that have leapfrogged that particular assignation to win the hearts of adults..."
"...Starring: Julia Sweeney, Colin Hanks, Aaron Paul, James Franco, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Marla Sokoloff, Christine Lakin and Shane West. With a running time of 92 minutes, Whatever It Takes is too long by an hour and a half..."
"...Okay, so maybe it's not quite that dispiriting, but Battlefield America can't hold a candle to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo or even You Got Served – the latter of which was also helmed by Stokes. What it most resembles is Alan Parker's 1976 tweens-as-gangsters misfire Bugsy Malone, only with preadolescent dancers kicking and splitting their way through Long Beach, Calif.'s (apparently) wicked, underage dance-battle scene..."
"...To give much more away would be to spoil the little (and rather conventional) plot Undertow may boast. Much like Green’s earlier films, Undertow is long on atmosphere and short on action – an imbalance that worked fine in his character dramas, but is less successful as the foundation for a quasi-thriller..."
"...Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, John Alderton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Penelope Wilton, Philip Glenister, Ciarán Hinds, John-Paul Macleod and Celia Imrie. Calendar Girls draws its inspiration from a true incident that happened not long ago in a small town in Yorkshire, England..."
"...I don't even know what to say about that. There are a handful of tiny laughs sprinkled throughout the film -- one bit, in which genius recording artist Pootie releases a “Silent Song” (literally) that has all the world (not) singing along is funny for a moment, but the main gag -- endlessly repeated -- is the bizarre stream of gibberish that flows in torrents from Pootie's mouth..."
"...During a long-forgotten episode of American Bandstand in the late Seventies, Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth told Dick Clark, "We want to change the face of music," something even Clark's plastic surgeons might've considered a stretch. It was a bold declaration for anyone to make on national television, let alone someone from an obscure art-punk band of preppy nerds in sweater vests...."
"...Like The Brothers McMullen, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire was made on a minuscule budget and made the rounds as a festival darling prior to its release. Young men searching for both their occupational niche in life and their one true love has long been fertile ground for aspiring filmmakers..."
"...Based on John Grisham's 1994 bestseller, The Chamber comes to us hot on the heels of another Grisham adaptation, this year's smash hit A Time To Kill, and the similarities between the two films are inescapable. That said, the movies are surprisingly different in both tone and structure, with The Chamber trading in A Time To Kill's emotional grandstanding and unnervingly pat “Can't we all just get along?” conclusion for less clear-cut moral distinctions and a somber, doom-laden atmosphere..."
"...Truthfully, when I got to San Francisco, the scene wasn't as happening as Austin. I played around San Francisco a long time before I joined with Chris."..."
"...The director made an impression with 2003’s The Memory of a Killer, but it’s little wonder why this version – shot in 2011 and since shuffled among distributors – has sat on the proverbial shelf for so long. Despite a premise loaded with potential for temptation and tension, this slickly shot shout-fest gets bogged down in flashbacks, alibis, motives, double-crosses, drugs, druggings, political blackmail, childhood trauma, femmes fatales, homoerotic innuendo, and more red herrings than a bag of Swedish Fish...."
"...Clint Eastwood’s second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008’s Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn’t have the same moral reverb of Eastwood’s finest work..."
"...This sequel to 2011’s Thor warms to the touch slowly, with sad Thor (Hemsworth) moping around home base Asgard and casting long looks at Earth, where his estranged love Jane Foster (Portman) is still doing her astrophysicist thing. But once Jane stumbles onto a portal between realms and – oopsy-daisy – gets poxy with said aether, Thor swoops into her orbit, bad penny/bonny baddie Loki (Hiddleston) gets called back from reserves, and the film finds its forward thrust, confidently alternating beats between the solemn and swashbuckling and sworn to fealty to the Marvel master plan..."
"...When Mark Borchardt wandered into Smith's life, there was little question in his mind that Borchardt's drive and passion was something that needed to be documented. Perenially broke, periodically drunk, and permanently possessed, Mark Borchardt is a distinctive American character, one who defies all obstacles (external and internal) along his path to making his great (as yet unfilmed) American movie, Northwestern..."
"...And then there is the kind of familiarity that just feels tired, and sad, and factory-engineered. The Huntsman misses epic by a long mile, and no amount of Hemsworth’s obliging smiles can close that distance...."