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Austin Film Festival: 10 Things We Learned From the Writers of Infinity War
Marvel scribes Markus and McFeely stay spoiler-free
DAILY Screens  November 1, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...9) The grand, top-tier planning is done by the producers, who meet in what is nicknamed “the parliament” to work out big themes and some specifics (such as the decision to have Cap defrosted at the end of First Avenger, rather than the beginning of The Avengers). As filmmakers on the ground on any particular project, Markus said, “We’re talking to the producer, and the producer is talking to the hive mind.” However, there’s a lot of informal communication between directors and writers that can have huge impacts (especially for Markus and McFeely, who had to politely suggest that other writers not kill off characters they were planning to use for Infinity War)..."

Dispatches From the Edge
Rounding Up the 2001 FronteraFest Long Fringe
Arts Story  February 2, 2001, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If you're intrigued enough to desire specifics, you could read Pujol's biography as penned by Jean Nohain and Francois Caradec. Or you could witness a delightful, rousing, live-action rendition of that very bio from the Tongue and Groove Theatre...."

All Over Creation: Site Specifics
Fusebox Festival helps the community envision a new kind of development with thinkEAST
Arts Column  January 29, 2015, by Robert Faires

How Do You Get From Here ... to Here?
The Austin transit system plan has vision but little consensus
News Story  November 1, 2013, by Nick Barbaro
"...12. Then in January, "Phase 2" discussions of specifics begin: With a corridor determined, and some goals in mind, the planning team will decide on the mode of transportation (light rail? streetcar? Bus Rapid Transit?) and the specific alignment of the proposed project..."

KKK Takes Spotlight Away From Other Prop. 2 Backers
Fundamentalists are shocked that Klan agrees with them
News Story  November 4, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...City officials, meanwhile, aren't talking specifics about what heightened security measures will be in place for the rally, although one insider predicted that the distance between Klan members and opponents will be so wide that the Klansmen's remarks will largely go unheard. But that was before he learned from the KKK message board that someone named Cracker had donated a brand new PA system to the Klan cause..."

From the Archive: Welcome to Chaos
Originally published on Nov. 12, 1993: ATCEMS saves lives every day, but the stresses of the job have high costs
News Story  May 7, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Shouldn't a county body run a county-wide system? "They weren't comfortable with that," says County EMS director Rich. "A lot has to do with not having the specifics as to exactly how it will take place and what it will entail from the volunteer..."

Jon Stewart makes his directing debut with this story about a journalist's imprisonment in Tehran.
Film Review  November 14, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...He is interviewed daily while blindfolded by a functionary he nicknames Rosewater (Bodnia), for the scent of his cologne. The questions range from specifics to the absurd, and as the process goes along we also get a human sense of this interrogator, whose superiors are unhappy with his inability to elicit secrets..."

Seven Psychopaths
A knockout cast of oddball actors seize the reins in Martin McDonagh's smart comedy about dumb people doing really awful things.
Film Review  October 12, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...To assist in keeping the deeply convoluted plot as revelatory as it is, I'll bypass specifics and simply say that McDonagh has given Farrell one of his juiciest roles in years, and Farrell staggers with it all the way. He plays alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter Martin, who has a germ of an idea for the titular script but can't seem to nail down the specifics..."

Bad Lieutenant
There is no redemption without, first, debasement; no transcendence without transgression; no forgiveness without sin. In this NC-17-rated film, Keitel is the Bad Lieutenant -- a lapsed Catholic, drug-soaked, compulsively...
Film Review  February 12, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Though it takes on degenerateness and moral degradation as its subject matter, the movie is remarkably chaste in its graphic depictions. The NC-17 rating has as much to do with its intrinsic thematic turpitude, as with specifics like Keitel's frontal nudity in one scene and lingering shots of needles embedded in veins..."

The Hateful Eight
Tarantino's latest opus screens in 70mm this week at two Austin venues
Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Seeing as how there’s a $10,000 bounty on Daisy’s head and nobody’s totally sure of anyone else’s agenda, this scenario makes for some choice and lengthy Tarantino dialogue and a bravura performance from Jackson, among others. The less said about the specifics of the narrative, the better, although one can safely assume that there will be blood, and plenty of it...."

10,000 B.C.
After all those cataclysmic movies like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, it seems right that Roland Emmerich has now turned his focus to the beginnings of civilization.

Film Review  March 14, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Strait, seen to much better effect in the upcoming, Austin-shot Stop-Loss, is D'Leh, a (possibly) Paleolithic hunter with abandonment issues who crosses continents (maybe) to rescue his blue-eyed beloved (Belle) after she and others of their tribe are captured by an equestrian raiding party in the employ of (who knows?) some wigged-out Egyptian proto-pharaohs. Emmerich's narrative is maddeningly vague on plot specifics such as epoch, land mass, and niggling little irritants such as why D'Leh's people resemble a tribe of Stone Age supermodels while the bad guys all look suspiciously Semitic..."

What is it about our mad artists that makes us love them so? Shine now adds the story of Australian pianist David Helfgott to our popular literature. Based on the...
Film Review  December 25, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Despite Shine's over-reliance on its feel-good story structure that leaves more questions unanswered than asked, the movie is wonderfully constructed. The viewer is swept along by the drama of David's life story, in its specifics of how a father's love and pride also contain the seeds of poison, and in its generalities about Oedipal knots and the sins of the fathers..."

Swing Kids
Naïve yet eternally attractive is the idea that a generation can change the world through its music. New waves in music generally bring with them new attitudes, new swaggers and...
Film Review  March 12, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...No doubt a footnote to the Nazi era, the movie is no less valid for its bloodless approach to the Holocaust. In its way, Swing Kids is looking not so much at the specifics of what happened as why and how it happened..."

The Big Short
The financial meltdown of 2008 is treated with terrific comic spin
Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...For starters, if you’re going to take a deep dive into the credit fiasco, it’s a wise choice indeed to cast movie stars like Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, who ably harness their considerable charisma to explain collateralized debt obligation to the popcorn-munching masses. (A host of less famous but top-notch character actors deepen the bench.) Adapting with Charles Randolph the nonfiction bestseller by Michael Lewis, McKay is all sleight of hand, using a zippy pace and regular punchlines to make more palatable the befuddling specifics of the banking crisis..."

District 9
District 9 is a wrenching, riveting, occasionally violent, often heartbreaking, socially conscious science fiction film, and, best of all, a love story.
Film Review  August 14, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...The aliens, virtually all of them, are played by actor Cope, who was shot live on set and had his alien likeness rotoscoped around him (itself an amazing special-effects achievement). I'm hesitant to say any more about the specifics of District 9 – the script was co-written by Blomkamp with Terri Tatchell – because so many of this remarkable film's terrible wonders are best experienced as they unfold in front of you..."

Knight of Cups
Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is a vessel half-empty
Film Review  March 18, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Specifics are obviously not Malick’s goal in portraying this pilgrim’s progress from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City” of Bunyan’s novel. There’s no denying the poetry at work in his film, but so much of it is inchoate and fundamentally sexualized that it becomes more of a turn-off than a turn-on..."

Everybody Wants Some!!
Time moves on, but Richard Linklater's characters still walk and talk
Film Review  April 1, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Breezily funny while being dead-on accurate about the time frame, the film moves at the beery-horny pace of the exact time and place. As always, Linklater’s ability to recall cultural specifics, like stereo models and anything automotive is downright awesome..."

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The original material was shot by a Swedish TV crew but just now assembled into this documentary that has both vision and perspective.
Film Review  October 21, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...The Black Power Mixtape redresses that oversight. Director Olsson edited down hundreds of hours of video footage into a powerful feature film that includes, among many other devastating and inspirational images, a young Carmichael taking over for a Swedish interviewer and quietly, gently quizzing his mother, Mabel, on the painful specifics of his impoverished childhood...."

Page Two: We Are the Eggmen
In the abstract, people are usually good about defending free speech. They fall apart in the specifics.
Columns  October 15, 2010, by Louis Black
"...In the abstract, people are usually good about attacking censorship and defending free speech. They fall apart in the specifics..."

Waiting for 'Superman'
More provocative than genuinely informative, this documentary, nevertheless, has kicked off a national discussion about remedying our failing educational system.
Film Review  October 15, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...For another documentary that uses this structure to explore the charter school system, look for The Lottery, which is widely available for viewing via numerous video-on-demand options.) Ultimately, it may be the case that Guggenheim is a better instigator than filmmaker, as the debate about our educational system appears to be on the upswing at present. For this, rather than all the specifics of its argument and what it leaves out, Waiting for ‘Superman’ is essential viewing...."

'From Specifics, From Concrete Evidence, From Things'
These fine photographs reveal the power of objects in our material world
Arts Review  September 2, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...'From Specifics, From Concrete Evidence, From Things'Pump Project, 702 Shady, 351-8571 Through Sept. 10..."

Page Two: By Vote or by Violence
How will naysayers and protesters 'take back the country'? And from whom?
Columns  July 30, 2010, by Louis Black
"...The last third is enlightened or becoming enlightened, which means thinking like Jones. Granted, Jones was making a point; certainly, he wasn't arguing demographic specifics, but even as a generalization to make a point, the argument denies certain controversies any means of resolution..."

The Others
I'm tempted to call The Others the best haunted house film since Robert Wise's 1963 masterstroke The Haunting. In its wonderful and subtle use of atmospherics and top-notch performances, and...
Film Review  August 10, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...All that's missing is that accursed tarn. The less said about the specifics of plot here, the better -- rest assured, however, that this is far from the shrieking splatter bloody theatrics of the Scream series and its ilk..."

Live Coverage of the Obama-Clinton Debate
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DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols, Wells Dunbar, Richard Whittaker and Jordan Smith
"...Clinton, as Jordan noted, made talked "smart fence," whatever that means. Obama talked specifics about the DREAM act (still a liberal touchstone) and also talked about making sure that applicants already coming through legal channels don't get shoved down the cue any more..."

South of the Border, and Much Further South
New films from Mexico and Chile dazzle at Cine Las Americas
DAILY Screens  April 28, 2014, by Michael Agresta
"...Said never forgets that her protagonist is a teenager with more pressing concerns, like romance. The specifics of the racial and social conflict are kept just out of focus, often alluded to or left unsaid..."

Deep in the Heart of West, Texas, Part 1
How you can help our neighbors in West
DAILY Emergency  April 18, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...• American Red Cross will need donations. Call for specifics. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief...."

You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes
Baby brother Michael needs defending
Music Story  December 16, 2011, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Peace be to Michael Jackson, but the King of Pop passed in 2009 as one of the strangest Americans to ever hold his kid out of a window. You Are Not Alone Michael, his older brother Jermaine's recount of that rhinestones-to-diamonds life, explains the chaos, writing in depth about the unorthodox specifics of the family's Gary, Ind., upbringing (remember that time the Jackson boys carried those cinder blocks around the house? Jermaine does!) and the rigorous rehearsal schedule that built the Jackson 5 into one of America's seminal bands..."

Perry Gonna Make it Rain
Governor picks prayer over investment in firefighters
DAILY News  April 22, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...When asked about the bill's demise last year, Perry said he did not know about the specifics. However, during the 2009 session it was pretty clear to everyone that HB 3477 was squashed as part of the general anti-tax, anti-public investment rubric coming out of his office...."

'I Apologize, Austin. Shit. Sorry.'
Spike Jonze mistakes Austin for Portland; otherwise, he wows the crowd at his talk on the UT campus
DAILY Screens  April 14, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"..."Let's say $500 million," Jonze joked. He also kept mum on the specifics of his Austin shoot, stating only that "we're doing a short film here." (The rumor mill says he's in Austin to film a music video with Arcade Fire, but the words "Arcade Fire" were never mentioned in the ACL studio.) Jonze did speak fondly about the Austin bike shops he used to frequent when he came to town in the early Nineties for BMX competitions...."

aGLIFF Party Exclusives
Here's the low down on aGLIFF's parties.
DAILY Qmmunity  August 8, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...The Austin Gay Lesbian International Film Festival was kind enough to get these party-details before sharing them with anyone else. We've listed price details as we have them, but call or check the aGLIFF site for specifics...."

Prosecutors out to Disbar Adam Reposa?
Don Clemmer, Keith Henneke file grievance with State Bar
DAILY News  January 11, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...It details what Clemmer and Henneke collectively describe as “a series of acts intended to intimidate or harass” Henneke while he was working as a special prosecutor on Reposa’s contempt case. The nine-page grievance also gets into what the two believe to be “mental health issues, specifics unknown,” as well as a series of alleged legal missteps Reposa took while jailed (like applying for bonds in multiple courts)...."

Boogarins é Foda
Brazilian psych-pop foursome takes up residency at Hotel Vegas
DAILY Music  June 30, 2016, by Michael Toland
"...The whole world is kinda buried into this inequality and social divisions problems. For sure each country has specifics cases, but all of them are connected, like if these problems are solid structures from the nowadays globalization scenario..."

Okay, We're a Bit Biased on This One …
DAILY News  December 12, 2006, by Lee Nichols
"...Today Rep. Aaron Peña filed House Bill 382 to create such a shield for journalists; while we haven't yet read the specifics of the bill (and the devil is always in the details), we like what we read in his press release:..."

Judge Sparks Critical of State's Defense of Fetal Burial Rule
Anti-choice rule will not go into effect until Jan. 27
DAILY News  January 5, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Next to speak, Jennifer Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, answered questions about the religious group’s offer to pick up the tab for fetal – or as she worded it, “children” – burials. Allmon said the arrangement is still being worked out and didn’t have specifics on how the organization could generate the capacity or volume to handle tissue from the thousands of abortions and miscarriages that take place in Texas annually..."

Election Notes
Emptying out the dregs from this election
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger, Michael King, Mary Tuma and Nick Barbaro
"...Overall, that makes 28 states that have legalized medical marijuana, and eight plus the District of Columbia with legal recreational use. California is huge, of course, and though the specifics of the new law there have been controversial – especially among existing independent growers – advocates are stoked that the entire West Coast now has legal recreational use, while Massachusetts and Maine become the first such outposts east of the Rockies..."

Travis County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shot Dead Monday Morning
Craig Hutchinson shot and killed in his Round Rock backyard
DAILY News  July 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Hutchinson was taken to Round Rock Hospital and pronounced dead there. TCSO remains unclear about specifics, and has yet to report any information about potential suspects..."

News Roundup: Cams, Carnage, & Climate
Zimmerman sides with Abbott over Adler
DAILY News  November 30, 2015
"...30, at a community meeting, 6:30pm upstairs at the Palmer Events Center – 900 Barton Springs Rd. No specifics have been released about the forum, including who from APD will be in attendance and what exactly they'll be prepared to talk about, but expect some insight on video storage processes; certain user logistics like activation and notification restrictions; and details about redaction and when videos recorded from body cameras will become available as public record..."

Fantastic Fest 2014: When Animals Dream
There’s something hairy in Denmark
DAILY Screens  September 19, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Marie shares her life with her father (Lars Mikkelsen, brother of Mads) and her invalid mother (Sonja Richter). The specifics of mater familias’s ailment are only slowly revealed, and at that never fully articulated..."

Deep in the Heart of West Update: April 22
More ways to help our neighbors in West
DAILY Emergency  April 22, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...• American Red Cross will need donations. Call for specifics. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief...."

The Scare Game
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon on what went wrong with horror and where to go from here
Screens Story  March 9, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...All current genre specifics aside, the film that The Cabin in the Woods recalls most of all (if it can be said to recall any other horror film in recent memory) is, tonally at least, John Carpenter's oft-overlooked minor gem of omnipresent unease, 1994's In the Mouth of Madness...."

Page Two: Hope Jr.
Only the foolish expect a rebirth of wonder from Obama, but a restored sense of decency is a good start
Columns  January 16, 2009, by Louis Black
"...Our constitutional, guaranteed rights have been and continue to be eroded by corrupt politicians and a crooked government. In what ways the government is crooked and the specifics of how it is anti-constitutional most often depend on the individual politics of the person expressing the opinion..."

Yogurt Shop Defendants Ask for Bond
Judge Lynch seems to have changed his tune about whether mounting evidence might be enough to allow Springsteen and Scott out of jail on bond
DAILY News  January 12, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...7, Lynch said he was "inclined to grant" a defense request to allow two new attorneys to join the legal team. Scott lawyer Dexter Gilford has asked that New York lawyers Robert Romano and Martha Stolley (a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan who handled sex crimes and gang cases) join the defense, pro bono, to offer their expertise in at least one forensic area – but the defense has declined to reveal specifics about their particular expertise..."

Continental Drift
Scenes from the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Screens Story  September 19, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Hurt Locker is a terrific war movie that follows the travails of an American bomb-detonation squad in modern-day Iraq. The specifics of the job are depicted in sharp detail, and the moral quandaries involved in staying alive become all too vivid..."

News Roundup: Climate, Cuts, and Cuckoos
Austin attends the Paris climate conference
DAILY News  December 14, 2015, by the News Staff
"...Right now, according to the Statesman, only 27% of the city's 1,700 officers currently live in Austin. Few specifics have been discussed, though Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo mentioned Thursday – and APA Ken Casaday has stressed – that whatever incentives are created will remain optional..."

Round Three: Will Dems Break Quorum to Stall Abortion Regs Measures?
Dems say all legal options on table to halt bad bills
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...But there remain other strategies to explore, said Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson – though he declined to offer specifics..."

Livin' On
Up on the 13th Floor, the 10-CD Sign of the 3 Eyed Men lives on and on and on
Music Story  August 14, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Rather than a lengthy essay cannibalized from his book, Drummond narrates the 10 discs in print with chapters focusing on the specifics of each recording. It's got its share of editorial flubs, notably "Austenite" for "Austinite," and among the aurally enlightened, there are sniffs that the mono recordings are perhaps 1/8 semitone fast..."

Developing Stories
More lessons from Seattle
News Column  June 15, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Another dozen remain designated as future planning areas. (For info on the process and specifics on individual neighborhoods, visit Neighborhood plans, after review by the Planning Commission, are adopted by the City Council as an update and amendment to the city's 1979 comprehensive plan..."

News Story  March 14, 1997
"...These camps are widely popular, and sell out quickly, so the earlier you register, the better. For specifics, call the farm at 837-1215...."

Under Our Skin
This documentary probes the human, medical, and political dimensions of Lyme disease, its treatment, and diagnosis.
Film Review  October 2, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...His film suggests that there are also ulterior reasons at work in the downplaying of Lyme disease, reasons that involve the patent restrictions that cause researchers to work in isolation from one another; the rise of managed care, which has been concurrent with the increase of Lyme since the 1970s; powerful naysayers among the medical experts; and the lack of “Lyme-literate” doctors and the legal persecution of the few who do specialize in the disease’s treatment. Under Our Skin, in this light, becomes more than an educational treatise on the specifics of Lyme disease..."

Bottle Shock
Stuff the cork back in: This wine movie was sold before its time.
Film Review  August 15, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...There’s no question there’s a good drama lurking somewhere in this true story of how the wines of Northern California shattered France's oenological hauteur in a blind taste-testing in 1976 (our bicentennial year) or that these actors are all game and competent. However, director and co-writer Miller, a veteran of TV sitcoms and some sitcomlike feature films, is flat-footed and plodding in all the places he should be swift and sparkling, too bogged down in specifics and details where he should be glossy and spry, and too unspecific and generalizing when it comes to the dimensionality of the characters..."

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