"...That day I drove back to Austin, a more enlightened carnivore with a cooler full of wild boar meat, unable to fathom how anyone could let life go to waste by hunting only for sport. I'm glad companies like Outrider are helping to shed light on ethical practices and hope they can outshine the unscrupulous hunters who give the industry a bad name (i.e., the Trump administration's recent reversal of the 2014 ban on trophy imports)...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...George (né Jeff Henry) is one-third of Third Root, an ultra-enlightened hip-hop trio also fielding MC/poet/teacher Charles Peters (Easy Lee) and Marco Cervantes (MexStep), a rapper/doctorate holder/associate professor at UT-San Antonio. Their moniker derives from the overlap in Afro-Latin cultures, specifically colonial influences that include the Atlantic slave trade which brought 200,000 Africans to New Spain, now Mexico..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...You don't need to engage in some sort of Bill-Murray-Groundhog-Day self-improvement program – although it would be pretty dope if you did. Who doesn't want an improved self? Regardless, you need to access your enlightened self, and that self would tell you this: Your work in the romantic realm with this woman is done..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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...."