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Daniel Erickson Scores Mad Love at Fantasia Fest
Austin filmmaker's mannequin noir wows Montreal
DAILY Screens  July 19, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Now comes word that Erickson and Eve's Necklace made a major splash at the recently concluded Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. For a more detailed account of the proceedings, here's the official festival blog's glowing coverage of Erickson and Eve's Necklace...."

Instant Replay: How and Why Did Daniel Rocha Die?
Re-enactment discrepancies leave family still looking for answers
News Story  November 11, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...According to Bevel's report, the most likely positions for Schroeder "include standing or kneeling to the left front side of the deceased," with Rocha "down on one or both knees or bent over at the waist." Taylor says that if Schroeder were to the "front" of Rocha she should've been able to see his hands and therefore would know that the teen didn't have her Taser. Contacted by the Chronicle, Bevel said that the "key" word in his conclusion is "side" – and that he used "front" to mean that Schroeder was closer to Rocha's head, and not his feet, when she fired the fatal shot...."

South by Spoken Word
No Slam, Thank You, Ma'am
Music Story  March 20, 1998, by Phil West
"...In SlamNation (showing in SXSW Film), Phil West, Danny Solis, Wammo, and Hilary Thomas are the Austin Poetry Slam Team. In past years, the South by Southwest spoken word showcase has been a red-letter day for Austin spoken word..."

The 'N' Word
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
Music Story  May 21, 2004, by Margaret Moser
"...Captain Phleabag, the Dread Pirate Stagedive, and a cutthroat guitarist by the name of RedBeard walk the wooden planks of porch into Opal Divine's Freehouse. Decked out in buccaneer regalia – billowing shirts, eye patches, striped trews, swords, and tricorns – the trio strikes an anachronistic pose next to the jukebox, but not the dartboards opposite them..."

Has Daniel Clowes Really Grown Up?
Books Story  September 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...No less a source than Newsweek has called Clowes "the country's premier underground cartoonist," a term that might make ex-hippies think his work consists of explicit sex and drug humor. "They probably use the word 'underground,'" he explains, "because that's the term I tend to use, when hard-pressed to pigeon-hole myself, because I'd rather be linked to the underground cartoonists (Crumb, Spiegelman, Deitch) than whatever 'edgy,' 'alternative' creator is popular today."..."

I Live My Broken Dreams
This year's rock docs examine the 'outsider myth' and more among the likes of Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt, and Wild Man Fischer
Screens Story  March 11, 2005, by Will Robinson Sheff
"..."In its purest definition," says Jeff Feuerzeig, who directed The Devil and Daniel Johnston, probably the definitive word on Johnston's life and genius, "Outsider Art is created in a vacuum. It's created by people who are making art because they have to, not because they've studied art history..."

The Girl Who Played With Fire
The world's favorite bisexual, black-leathered, dragon-tatted, hog-riding hacker is back in action.
Film Review  July 16, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Pretty soon, though, Salander's back in her native, pale-making Sweden, where she reconnects with an old flame, Miriam Wu (Garbi), and assiduously avoids her more recent paramour, Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist), a crusading journalist at Millennium magazine and the series' co-lead. As in the source book, The Girl Who Played With Fire's chief frustration is in how removed Salander and Blomkvist are from each other: Even as their plot strands dovetail – Blomkvist's investigation into a sex trafficking ring dead-ends in a double homicide, and Salander's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon – the two leads share nary a word..."

The Substance of Fire
Uncompromising. Not a word one hears that often nowadays, except in reference to multinational corporations and superstar celebrities. Those with much can afford to be “uncompromising” (and seem to be,...
Film Review  April 25, 1997, by Robert Faires
"...Uncompromising. Not a word one hears that often nowadays, except in reference to multinational corporations and superstar celebrities..."

Take This Waltz
Sarah Polley's sophomore film, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, is an inquiry into commitment and carnal desire, and the hard choices we make when the two don’t align.
Film Review  August 17, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...In her affecting first feature, 2005's Away From Her, writer/director Sarah Polley also considered emotional and sexual fidelity, but Take This Waltz doesn't give Margot the same kind of "out" (for lack of a better word) that the earlier film did, in its portrait of a woman afflicted with Alzheimer's who finds new companionship as her old life (and husband) recede from memory. Margot knows precisely where her loyalties should lie, at least according to her marriage vows, and she knows what's at stake when she takes long walks with Daniel, an artist and rickshaw driver who excites her intellectually, sexually, and – simply, but crucially – as a promise and province of newness...."

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
Vivid yet impressionistic, this documentary tribute to the musician Townes Van Zandt brings the life and the music of this songwriter's songwriter into focus.
Film Review  December 9, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...1 hit by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard), but as acute and direct as one of his distinct turns of phrase. Brown does not seek to analyze the reasons for the prolific musician’s abbreviated life (he died in 1997 of a heart attack at the age of 53), though she does look at his prodigious drinking (without ever using the word alcoholic) and talks with his three successive wives and now-fatherless children, as well as many other family members and friends..."

Songs of Pain Was Not in Vain
The day a skinny young kid named Daniel Johnston came shuffling to the back door of the 'Chronicle'
Music Story  March 11, 2005, by Louis Black
"...2003: Okay, so erase every word above. I want you to think about this: It's a Saturday afternoon in 1985 or whenever..."

What If
In this romantic comedy, men and women sort out the differences between love and friendship.
Film Review  August 22, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Rebranded in the States from its original, catchier title The F Word (per MPAA edict), this Canadian romantic comedy is all gentleness – chuckling (if never laugh-out-loud) and sweet (but never sweep-you-off-your-feet). Radcliffe and Kazan are likable, laid-back performers, and Adam Driver (Girls) livens things up as Wallace’s loutish best friend..."

Page Two: Pablo Picasso Was Never Called an A......
On money, politics, voting, and Daniel Johnston
Columns  May 5, 2016, by Louis Black
"...One of the pleasures of a column is the kind of self-indulgent potential for a not always required last word, in which one can weigh back in on any issue of his choosing. Answer the arguments offered to counter the positions expressed in the previous week's column..."

Redline dives headfirst into onanistic autoeroticism, but this exotic-car movie feels ill-lubed and mechanical all the way.

Film Review  April 20, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...If The Fast and the Furious was the car-porn equivalent of Larry Flynt's upstart skin rag Hustler (vaguely amateur, barely legal, and very cherry), then Redline is redolent of Bob Guccione's too-glossy latter-day Penthouse, with an archaic bad boy's eye for both T&A and automotive emphasis on the exotic. (Yawn.) In a word, it's sleek and shiny and you can't have it..."

The Blair Witch Project
Something wicked in the woods in this eagerly-awaited horror.
Film Review  July 16, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It's pretty darn scary, but unconventionally so. “Unsettling” is a word that better describes BWP's effect on the viewer..."

Out On a Limb
Out on a Limb... oh boy, is it ever. French master farceur Veber takes his second shot at Hollywood directing (Three Fugitives was his first) and comes up several branches...
Film Review  September 11, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...French master farceur Veber takes his second shot at Hollywood directing (Three Fugitives was his first) and comes up several branches short of a hardwood. Word has it that the final cut was taken away from him, so it's hard to exactly pinpoint the source of the root rot..."

Moll Flanders
Moll Flanders is as picaresque as tales come, though that's not a word we generally associate with 18th-century female literary heroines. This new screen adaptation of the Daniel Defoe classic...
Film Review  June 14, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing, John Lynch, Brenda Fricker and Aisling Corcoran. Moll Flanders is as picaresque as tales come, though that's not a word we generally associate with 18th-century female literary heroines..."

Faster Than Sound: Spider House Ballroom Will Cease Live Entertainment
Longtime local venue converts to arcade bar following co-owner misconduct allegations, code violations, and artist payment delays
Music Column  February 7, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...The second case, opened in May 2017, requires the Ballroom to change over from "art gallery" to "indoor entertainment" use permits. Daniel Word, a Code Department division manager, says that an arcade bar would "probably still fall under" designation as an indoor entertainment or bar space, so Bejarano would still need to undergo a permitting process...."

Mom and Dad
Nic Cage goes crazy/crazier in this kid-killing black comedy
Film Review  January 26, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Watching Mom and Dad instantly recalls the forever-wisdom of the classical hip-hop scholars formerly known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: “Parents are the same/ No matter time nor place/ So to you other kids all across the land/ Take it from me/ Parents just don’t understand.” Word, Mr. Smith...."

Vampire Academy
This month's flavor in the teen vampire continuum.
Film Review  February 14, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Based on Richelle Mead’s bloodlusty and wildly popular series of young adult novels, Vampire Academy proves, if little else, that the tween/teen market for young vamps in love and death remains, in a word, unquenchable. Neither as polished as the Twilight franchise, nor as explicitly carnal as earlier, better forays into what is now a well-established subgenre of toothy adolescent females with exsanguination issues (John Fawcett’s 2000 film Ginger Snaps – a wicked-smart and thoroughly unnerving depiction of budding female sexuality – comes to mind), Vampire Academy instead plays like the flip side of the Buffy mythos twinned with Percy Jackson and the Olympians by way of Mean Girls, with a side of (what else?) Harry Potter..."

Slow Motion Sound
DAILY Music  March 15, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...David’s Church. His explanation of his latest work, Daniel Variations, which fuses the biblical story of Daniel with words and legacy of Daniel Pearl, is being reserved for a later entry closer to the album’s release next month on Nonesuch Records. Off the Record: When someone is performing one of your pieces, do you expect variation? Do you want them to interpret the work in their own image? Steve Reich: Absolutely..."

The Gospel of John
The last years of Jesus are presented with more realism than pageantry.
Film Review  October 24, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Also cast aside all the speculation about The Passion, the upcoming Christ movie by Mel Gibson, which, though largely unseen, has been the object of great debate regarding the possibility of it containing anti-Semitic sentiments. The Gospel of John – a three-hour, Canadian-produced, word-for-word retelling of the most popular Gospel – has slipped in under the radar for an American Bible Belt run following its September premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival..."

The Babadook
Tyro helmer Jennifer Kent conjures a disturbing spook story about a mother, a son, and an unnerving presence in their house
Film Review  December 5, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook,” reads weary Amelia (Davis) to her frightened son Samuel (Wiseman) from a book that has mysteriously appeared in the young boy’s bedroom...."

District 13: Ultimatum
This French import is a nervy, comic action sequel that weds the sport of parkour with detective work.
Film Review  March 5, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...If 2004's District B13 was an escapist piece of lighter-than-air, meringue-flavored actioneering (it was), then Ultimatum is like a brick thrown through cinephiliac French Prime Minister Sarkozy's window, albeit one infused with both a populist political bent and a giddy sense of gallows humor. The whole thing is French to its core, but thanks to a witty, often self-referential script, once again penned by action-film godhead Luc Besson, it's also trés kickass in the most literal sense of the word..."

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj
This highly unanticipated offering is cut ’n’ paste horn-dog humor.

Film Review  December 8, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...You have to hand it to screenwriter David Drew Gallagher. As a primer on 1,001 ways to refer to the female anatomy without actually using the word "vagina," his work on this highly unanticipated offering in National Lampoon's current crop of collegiate cinema is, without question, useful and informative..."

Ballets Russes
Majestic movie about once celebrated, now long defunct ballet company that changed the face of modern dance.
Film Review  February 17, 2006, by Kimberley Jones
"...Deftly mixing talking-head interviews, archival footage, and sly musical cues, Ballets Russes impressively catalogues 30 years of the companies’ triumphs and failures, and does so in a way that a dance neophyte can easily absorb – owing largely to how absorbing the dancers, now in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, are. They are characters in the best sense of the word – especially the aging prima ballerinas, extravagantly made-up and dishing, in their divine Slavic accents, on who diddled who and who was an awful taskmaster..."

The Last of the Mohicans
The breakneck pace of The Last of the Mohicans affords you little time to realize it's just a simple and straightforward adventure yarn – an Indiana Jones in Buckskins but...
Film Review  October 2, 1992, by Steve Davis
"...He and Stowe, who plays the feisty daughter of a British general entranced by this frontier hero, make for a sexy couple who come from different worlds but share a common soul. A word of warning: The Last of the Mohicans rarely flinches in depicting the eye-for-an-eye savagery of war..."

Fantastic Fest Gives Us the Horns
Daniel Radcliffe's latest heads up final wave of films
DAILY Screens  September 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...So who else made this final cut? A glorious mélange of international madness, plus final word on those all-important parties! See below for official press release...."

NFL Preview
DAILY Sports  September 3, 2007, by Timothy Braun
"...The history of college coaches coming into the league has been rough, at best, and the Falcons really don’t have that much talent to begin with. Now, let's start a drinking game, shall we? Every time a commentator says the word “Michael” followed by “Vick” during a Black Bird’s game, take a shot of Mad Dog 20/20..."

DVDanger: Tokyo Tribe
Sion Sono's deranged, delirious hip-hop musical rocks
DAILY Screens  December 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...There aren't many films that have you from the first frame, the first note, the first word. But Sion Sono's hip-hop musical Tokyo Tribe is a two-hour fountain of crazy, unapologetic, wondrous musical mayhem...."

What You See Is What You Hear
The joy that Conspirare takes in singing is visible in the choir's PBS special
DAILY Arts  February 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Now, don’t let the word “choir” throw you. If you’re imagining a horde of black-robed figures belting out endless runs of 16th notes and unintelligible German text that was dusty and tired when Bach was in knee pants, think again...."

Ian McEwan Appears at UT (and in the Pages of 'The New Yorker')
The sprawling profile is a good way get excited about the Booker Prize-winning author's upcoming reading
DAILY Books  February 19, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Throughout, he's revealed – no great surprise here – to be sharp, thoughtful, and possessing of a dry wit, especially when it comes to all the backwards-glancing of the piece. (Zalewski, on the other hand, is something of a back-hander; twice he refers to McEwan's novels as "old-fashioned" and uses the word "lurid" to describe McEwan's plots, which seems like such a sloppy word for something so precisely wrought on the page.)..."

SXSW Day Fest: Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion
Shelter from the storm in Luck, Texas
DAILY SXSW  March 19, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...When the official word came to shut down all performances and for the crowd to take immediate shelter, everything moved incredibly quickly in Willie Nelson’s fake movie-set town of Luck. The imminent storm, however, did not...."

Bedside Manner: Clowes, Stieg, and Soccer
Books, papers, and apps
DAILY Books  December 13, 2010, by Mark Fagan
"...As a proofreader I read for a living. You'd think I wouldn't want anything to do with the written word in my off time, and sometimes I don't..."

Believe in Them
Fantastic Fest brings Last Exorcism creators to town
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...First up: The name. While the only thing the lo-fi frightener has in common with The Exorcist is the name, Stamm did call it "the elephant in the room." The project was briefly named Cotton (after Patrick Fabian's character, Preacher Cotton Marcus) but they went with the final title, Roth said, because if "you use the word exorcism, you know what space you're in." However, he admitted that it had been a little too comfortable for staff at the MPAA, who asked him about one particular scene in this film: Only problem was that they were thinking about a scene in William Friedkin's classic..."

Writing Rawks!
Sitting in on Writing, Better.
DAILY SXSW  March 10, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Still, a girls’ got to read. There may be plenty of images to lure us to the computer, but when it comes right down to it, it comes down to the word, according to the panelists for Writing, Better..."

Genius of Love
Music Story  March 18, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...illustration by Daniel Johnston As ever, for Johnston, that monarch is the crowd, which waits patiently for him to begin; they are the judge and jury waiting to hear his defense-- his music-- and they're fervently hoping to deliver the verdict that Johnston is guilty of genius in the first degree. "Genius," after all, is a word that has followed Johnston for much of his adult life, a title pronounced upon him by every writer who has ever set pen to paper on his behalf..."

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The third book of Stieg Larsson's addictive Swedish trilogy is now onscreen.
Film Review  November 19, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...These last two were directed, with a bracingly smart sort of Swedish self-assurance by Daniel Alfredson (who, in a rather charming bit of cinematic savoir faire, was revealed as the elder sibling of Tomas Alfredson, director of 2008's celebrated, undead adolescent romance, Let the Right One In). Neither follow-up can quite live up to the visceral, chilly, black-leather Euro-punch of director Niels Arden Oplev's original film in the trilogy, but at a combined running time of well over seven hours, the very fact that American audiences have taken to Larsson's books and their subsequent cinematic adaptations is, in a word, heartening..."

Strange but True
Jad Fair making art out in Manor with monsters, aliens, and dead dogs
Music Story  January 25, 2008, by Audra Schroeder
"...This message can be found on his website: "I Jad Fair pledge to uphold the highest quality standards in my work, and never waver in my quest to push the envelope in both art and music, and to raise the bar of musical excellence to new heights. On that you have my word..."

Harry Brown
Michael Caine gets his Charles Bronson on in this British vigilante drama.
Film Review  May 14, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Likewise, the over-the-top conclusion of the film, which plays out amid the backdrop of a street riot. First-time feature filmmaker Barber, working from a script by Gary Young, wouldn’t know the meaning of the word “restraint” if he were tied in a straitjacket..."

Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington
Music Story  January 21, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...photograph by Bruce Dye "Like 'The Minor Tough,' for instance, used to have a chorus that was the same both times -- there's two choruses in that song. I used to say the same words on both, but that wasn't seeming right..."

Breakin' All the Rules
Despite the title of this sugar-coated fluffbomb of an urban romantic comedy, precious few rules are broken, cinematically speaking, during its quick, painless 90 minutes.
Film Review  May 14, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...In the meantime, his vain, player cousin Evan (Chestnut) initiates a breakup with his girlfriend, Nicky (Union, whose luminous face has more lusty charm emanating from a single sexy smile than the entire rest of the cast combined), and, regretting it the morning after, sends Quincy to patch things up. It should come as no surprise to anyone who can successfully spell the word "romance" that Quincy and Nicky end up falling for each other, each acting under their own minor duplicities for various reasons that don’t make all that much sense plot-wise, but serve their purpose here well enough..."

The Writing's Not on the Wall Yet
Austin's print culture gets a boost from a new batch of indie presses and literary magazines
Arts Story  December 14, 2012, by Amy Gentry
"...Length is a liability for spoken-word poet Derrick Brown, who recently relocated Write Bloody Publishing ( from Los Angeles to Austin. "Poetry, when you do it live, is like a bullet..."

The Rules Have Changed
Two veteran music writers conduct an e-mail correspondence in order to look at new ways of reinventing the music industry.
Music Story  June 23, 2000, by Dave Marsh and Daniel J. Wolff
"...In the age of electronic media, the roundtable discussion has evolved into a forum that begins with three simple words: “You’ve got mail.” This particular symposium, held in cyberspace between rock critic emeritus Dave Marsh, editor and publisher of online mainstay Rock & Rap Confidential (, and frequent collaborator Daniel Wolff, author of You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke, finds the two writers philosophizing on the continued viability of record labels in a new century. Given that Austin’s music community has produced dozens of classic albums over the last two decades in a largely DIY fashion – major labels coming and going in the careers of everyone from Joe Ely to the Butthole Surfers and Spoon – we thought local music enthusiasts might be stimulated by the pair’s e-mail dialogue and ultimate bottom line: Record labels are dead..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...You couldn't possibly see every act you want to, so you're gonna have to make some hard decisions: Tony Bennett, Junior Brown, and Peter Wolf at the Austin Music Hall Thursday night, or the Grand Royal showcase at the Electric Lounge in the same time slot? And what about the Tejano Concert at the City Coliseum that same night -- all night? Matador showcase at Liberty Lunch on Friday or Amphetamine Reptile Presents... at Emo's? What's a person to do? Read the Chronicle's "Picks & Sleepers," of course, because herein are clues to nearly 300 bands playing SXSW. Combined with a spoken word round-up, dozens and dozens of record reviews, and last week's "Picks & Sleepers" and International Band Preview, we've provided information on over two-thirds of this year's performers..."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Home invasions and true crime are a motif this year, spearheaded by two SXSW alums. First, Mickey Keating (Pod) returns with his Sundance-approved slow burn Carnage Park, while Simon Rumley (Red, White and Blue) gets dusty with Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word, which Neece called "a Texas crime thriller, set in Amarillo on Halloween."..."

Not Fade Away
The 2004 / 05 Austin Music Awards. In a word, roots.
Music Story  March 11, 2005, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In a word, that's what the 2004/05 Austin Music Awards honor: roots. Roots..."

Page Two
Here in filmtown, 'Slacker' is on DVD (finally) and 'Louisiana Boys' is on 'SXSW Presents.' Meanwhile, despite the lack of a Hussein connection, the Iraq war is a triumph for the 9 / 11 terrorists and their co-conspirators.
Columns  September 24, 2004, by Louis Black
"...Certainly the groundwork for film production had been laid in this community by such creative talents as Eagle Pennell, Tobe Hooper, David Schmoeller, William Wittliff, Edwin "Bud" Shrake, Terrence Malick, Warren Skaaren, Robert Burns, Cary White, Phil Schriber, Lou Perryman, Kim Henkel, Doris Hargrave, Ted Nicolau, Richard and Laura Kooris, Rod Whitaker, Lin Sutherland, Sonny Carl Davis, Doug Holloway, Paul Schmidt, Daniel Pearl, and Wayne Bell, among so many others. There had also been an impressive number of important local productions, such as Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Whole Shootin' Match, Fast Money, Eggshells, The Spider Will Kill You, and "The Good Word," to name but a few..."

Dancing About Architecture
Our resident Marshmallow Peep relates the news and hearsay in and around the Live Music Capital...
Music Column  July 27, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Meanwhile down the street, yes, that was former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted you saw at Emo's during Speedealer's set Saturday. Advance word was that Newsted planned on joining the Dallas metallers onstage, but that didn't happen for whatever reason..."

Work for Hire
The RIAA amends a copyright law that labels "sound recordings" as "work for hire" thus robbing most musicians of right to their masters.
Music Story  August 25, 2000, by Michael Bertin
"...Four words was all it took -- buried in section 1011 of the legislation as a technical amendment: "Section 101 of Title 17, United States Code, is amended in the definition relating to work for hire in paragraph (2) by inserting 'as a sound recording' after 'audiovisual work.'" Those four words -- "as a sound recording" -- look harmless enough, but in reality, they did as much to drastically alter the music world as any four words since, "We signed Britney Spears." Essential to understanding the change is understanding works for hire...."

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