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Ventura Enlightened Readers About Whitman!
Postmarks  July 27, 2005
"...Dear Editor, What a superb introduction to Walt Whitman [“Letters @ 3am,” July 22]! Way to go Michael Ventura. You have enlightened so many people to this master, just by your two pages in the Chronicle..."

McDonald Honestly Enlightened and a Guardian of True Compassionate Humanism
Postmarks  April 21, 2008
"...Indeed, his piece cunningly presents a deadly spirit of moral nihilism delicately wrapped in the pavement on hell’s road – credulous good intentions. This is exemplified in his article’s professed life premise of accepting ourselves and others for what we are, obscuring moral clarity and freedom’s champion – America. He effectively advocates an unenlightened status quo existence where true evil is not openly identified and fought and human misery is preferred as the consensus measure of equality..."

Enlightened on Boxed Wines
Postmarks  August 10, 2007


Scumbag Worthless Degenerate – Enlightened Dialogue From a Sore Winner
Postmarks  September 11, 2006


Hope for Enlightened Transit
Postmarks  August 2, 2004


The Hateful Eight
Tarantino's latest opus screens in 70mm this week at two Austin venues
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Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Tarantino’s message has always been crystal clear, if blood-spattered: Racism, any racism, is wrong, then and now. That enlightened mindset runs quick and true through all 167 minutes (or 187 minutes in the 70mm roadshow version, which includes overture and intermission) of The Hateful Eight...."

Victor Frankenstein
This version of the Frankenstein tale is told from Igor's perspective
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Film Review  November 27, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...In this age of genetic messing about and virulent anti-intellectualism, the enlightened, romantic Frankensteinian take on mankind’s rush to transcend itself (via science, or religion) can seem quaint, yet here the message remains essentially the same: Hubris unchained leads to folly, and homunculi are always bad news...."

The New Juarez
This partisan film essay attacks both the United States and Mexican governments for the massive violence in Juarez.
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Film Review  April 19, 2013, by Louis Black
"...That it may also be largely accurate is quite possible. I know little of the specifics of the situation in Juarez over the last decade, and, after watching the film, I don’t feel truly enlightened – only more aware of the situation...."

Shaolin
In this rousing film, a compassionate Buddhist philosophy underpins what might have been just another Hong Kong period piece about power-mad warlords and their blood-spattered brinkmanship.
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Film Review  September 9, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...It's no great shock that this broken warrior makes his way to the monk's temple (but not before he’s humiliated even further over the course of a comic cameo by Jackie Chan), where he becomes enlightened in the ways of compassion, sacrifice, and the myriad tehniques to kick ass using only a wooden staff and elementary physics. When Hou's younger brother-in-arms Lt..."

Alfie
Jude Law's new Alfie is less tramp and more scamp: the modern metrosexual.
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Film Review  November 5, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...But perhaps the more appropriate question to put to this remake would be "What the hell’s the point?" In its study of the titular predatory male, Lewis Gilbert’s original Alfie (adapted by Bill Naughton from his stageplay) brashly took on casual sex and its not so casual aftermath, which included a grim, taboo-busting interlude with a back-alley abortionist. Gilbert’s film became part of the cultural zeitgeist, a film that was terrifically of its time, whereas the new Alfie takes a hard look at … the rise of the metrosexual? Obviously, Alfie reconfigured for a post-AIDS world required some tweaking, some concessions to our, gulp, more enlightened times..."

The Prince & Me
Who says you can't be a princess and go to medical school too?
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Film Review  April 9, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, Miranda Richardson, Alberta Watson and John Bourgeois. The trouble with retooling fairy tales to jibe with our more enlightened times is that too often the fun gets stripped along with the offensive parts..."

Developing Stories
Citizen passion against city-approved site plan for redeveloping Northcross Mall continues to run hot and deep
News Column  February 16, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...What these Austinites want and believe they deserve – from the private developer, from the city, and from their elected representatives – is enlightened urban redevelopment. When a major moribund mall in their neighborhood is at last to be redeveloped, they want that redevelopment to occur in accord with the best practices nationally and the city's own new design standards..."

Natural Born Self-Deprecators
Playing the Part
  August 25, 1995, by Spike Gillespie
"...Alice Miller has a term for a certain kind of person she calls the "enlightened witness." We're all eligible to earn the title, but it is not one without a price, and that price is involvement. As an example, Miller tells of the time she was in a grocery store and watched a mother yell at her child..."

Brad's Status
Ben Stiller shines in this character study
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Film Review  September 22, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Brad’s Status ups the ante and gives Stiller a chance to perform one of his most nuanced roles yet. Director White, probably still best known for penning 2000’s Chuck & Buck, as well as creating HBO’s criminally underrated Enlightened, gentles things up with this bittersweet tragicomedy that raises the question: Who did you imagine you’d be, and who are you know? The problematic issue of “keeping up with the Joneses” has rarely played as delicately or as honestly as it does here...."

Beatriz at Dinner
Classes clash over chow
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Film Review  June 16, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...With a jauntier score, a sense of humor sharpened for the jugular, you can picture a version of Beatriz that’s straight satire. Instead, what the filmmakers are aiming for is something more strange and under the skin and almost unbearably sad – a mixture of mood well familiar to fans of White’s HBO show Enlightened..."

Luke Wilson, Tommy Lee Jones to Recieve Texas Film Awards
Hollywood heavyweights, indie icons, and an honorary Texan lauded
DAILY Screens  January 7, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The final inductee undoubtedly will pay his own tribute to Carson: After all, he produced Dallas native Luke Wilson's breakthrough role in Bottle Rocket. That was the beginning of a career for the actor that has included blockbuster comedies (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), indie favorites (Rushmore, and of course Idiocracy)) and TV (That 70's Show, Enlightened, and the upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed Roadies)..."

Mamma Dallas Wants You
HBO is looking for the next drag superstar tomorrow in ATX
DAILY The Gay Place  November 14, 2014, by Sarah Marloff
"...Stop resting on purdy, and get out them chicken cutlets: Tomorrow, right here in the heart of Texas, HBO is hosting an open drag-queen casting call for a new pilot, Mamma Dallas. Created by Mike White – the mastermind behind Enlightened, Chuck & Buck, and School of Rock – the pilot is scheduled to shoot this March...."

I, Frankenstein
Aaron Eckhart stars as a modern-day Frankenstein, who faces off against supernatural creatures in this film based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.
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Film Review  January 31, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...At least James Whale and Mel Brooks had the good sense to let you in on the double-entendre cadre of dead men walking. Not so, you, Frankenstein – or Adam, as the thoroughly enlightened Mary Shelley dreamed you into life with English literature’s seminal Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus way back in 1818..."

The Best and Worst of TV in 2013
From 'Breaking Bad' to 'Bunheads,' this list has it all
DAILY Screens  January 3, 2014, by Aleksander Chan
"...3) Enlightened (HBO) R.I.P. to Mike White's short-lived but nonetheless lifelong lesson in trying to understand what it means to be a better person...."

More Than Just a Giggle-O
The Ladies Are Funny Festival brings the distaff laffs and more
Arts Story  May 6, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Is there anyone out there who still thinks a person has to have some veiny tallywhacker dangling between the legs in order to make other humans laugh about something? Is that notion even a factor in these enlightened times?..."

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