"...McNaughton has come a long way since his personal high-water mark with 1990's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, though you wouldn't know it from this teasey, cheesy mess. Still, like Henry, Wild Things is shot in a filter-heavy, smeary-lens fashion that makes the blinding Florida sunshine look positively grimy (how anyone ever gets a tan in this film is one of the great mysteries of the universe)..."
"...Named for a Helen Keller quote ("The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."), this documentary follows a young woman whose indomitable spirit directs her life path far more than her differently-abled body...."
"...New year, new things. Some damned good things, actually..."
"...It's hard to remember a time when zombies weren't ubiquitous. But in 1972, when Alan Ormsby starred in Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, it was all fresh meat..."
"...So it comes as a welcome surprise to realize that this new King film (the third thus far by Rob Reiner's Castle Rock production company) is -- collective sigh of relief -- genuinely entertaining, albeit in a weasely, “Sunday Afternoon Ain't Got Nothin' Better To Do” sort of way. Max von Sydow has a field day as demonic shop owner Leland Gaunt, a Hawthornesque curio store (the titular Needful Things) proprietor who blows into the small Maine town of Castle Rock one crisp fall day and immediately begins setting the townspeople against one another like so many human dominos..."
"...Nostalgic yet informative, the documentary All Things Must Pass by actor-turned-director Colin Hanks presents a lively history of the rise and fall of Tower Records. At once a celebratory history and cautionary tale, the film is steeped in the cultural legacy of our recent past..."
"...As a child, Nicholas Percoco pretended he was a 9-year-old from the future, stuck in the primitivist past. He was obsessed with the shape of things to come, like the guy down the street with a car phone...."
"...It might take a sec to wrap your brain around the concept behind the regular series Five Things: We're gonna take a cue from the title and call it a multimedia thingy involving awesomely talented Austin folk, but cohost Stacy Muszynski's description of a "literati/musical/performative event" is a lot more elegant. The theme of this month's event is Photographs. Five authors – Amanda Eyre Ward, Jennifer Pashley, Aly Tadros, Perry Tyson Midkiff II (who, fyi, won second place in our last Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for his terrific story "May the Passenger Pigeon Sing Thee to Thy Rest"), and Sigers Steele – will tell stories based on the photographs of five photographers – Mary Sledd, Suzi Q, Sarah Gonzalez, David Jewell, and David Hill – followed by music from the likes of Jamie Panzer, Legs Against Arms, and Zapata Sparrow..."
"...He can do it all. Yet somehow, with Things We Lost in the Fire, he’s managed to top even himself; this most recent performance is right up there with the best screen turns, not just of his generation but of all time: Brando in On the Waterfront..."
"...Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi López, Sophie Okonedo and Benedict Wong. With Dirty Pretty Things, the estimable filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Grifters, High Fidelity) has concocted one of the most low-key thrillers ever made..."
"...Every city in the Southwest part of the country is growing. That growth can put at risk some of the things we like best about this city, some of the things that are embedded into our culture and our spirit..."
"...DE: It's written by someone who loves writing. I wanted to cover things that meant something to me [besides the trial], and hoped that it would mean something to other people, too..."
"...Starring: Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller. Playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute describes his latest, The Shape of Things, as a sort of retort to critics who branded him a misogynist for his first feature, In the Company of Men..."
"...And the other four as well. We’re just trying to make things easier for you here, is all, O busy Austinite..."
"...2) TIM DOYLE’S "UNREAL ESTATE 5" When he’s not too busy with things like running the VIP poster series for Metallica’s current city-crushing tour, Nakatomi’s own honch heado Doyle renders the locations in your favorite TV shows and movies into stunning illustrations and then screenprints those images in a limited-edition series – the latest of which series, having galvanized New York’s Spoke Art Gallery, makes its Austin debut at Parts & Labour this Friday night...."
"...Why, yes, observant citizen – this “Five Things” post is part of an ongoing weekly series! And here are a few recommendations of events likely to delight even one as clever as your own Austin-living self this first weekend in June...."
"...Look: Five recommended things in four days! Right here in Austin!..."
"...Thank you, O Flying Spaghetti Monster, for this night's manifest destiny vis-a-vis my personal agenda of Things I Could Do...."
"...Starring: Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent and Peter O’Toole. Bright Young Things begins with the camera, bobbing and weaving to the frenzied swing of "Sing Sing Sing," zooming in on crazy-angled close-ups of London’s wealthy set in the 1930s, the title’s "bright young things." (The film is adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel, the far gloomier-sounding Vile Bodies.) The costumed revelers are bathed in a ghoulish red haze, and, indeed, there’s something devilish to the witty banter and bountiful drink, but if this is meant to recall hell, then, baby, hell looks like a hell of a lot of fun..."
"...Or are you gonna go ahead and do six things, because you’re just that badass? Hey, we’re not trying to hold you back, champ – we’re on your side, remember?..."
"...All Things Must Pass opens with a powerful statement: In 1999, Tower Records made almost $1 billion. Five years later, the company filed for bankruptcy...."
"...Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas?), let's pimp some merch by the skyscraperish draftsman Tony Millionaire, because 1) Who doesn't love Sock Monkey, and 2) The man was kind enough to treat us to lunch during his recent visit to Austin. So very quid pro quo, here in blogsville, as if unfettered by the whalebone corset of common journo ethics, y'think? But never mind all that, feast your mouseclick upon these wonderful stocking stuffers at Things From Another World. Next, in keeping with the comics theme we've embarked upon all nautical but nice, let's give a nod to one of the few areas of graphic loveliness in the daily newspaper strip ghetto..."
"...It's somehow fitting that a movie with this unwieldy a title should also feature a cast of actors that virtually runs off the edge of the page. This unruliness may be the source of the trouble with Things to Do in Denver…..."
"...In Zoya Pirzad’s recently translated novel, Things We Left Unsaid (OneWorld Publications, $17.95), mysterious new neighbors disrupt an Iranian housewife's peaceful routine of 1960s suburbia and spur her inner turmoil and community drama...."
"...He’s a phenomenal writer. He’s very much from a literary background, but he deals with things that are so unpleasant, so difficult for people, that I think they take the warning seriously when someone says “You may not want to read this, because blah-blah-lah.” Sometimes that’s considered a challenge..."
"...Strange Kids Club started "five years ago, almost to the day," he said, as a personal blog about things he enjoyed he enjoyed from his adolescence in Santa Monica, Calif. It wasn't just the big titles, the GI Joes and Street Sharks, but obscure gems, like the oft-forgotten Extreme Ghostbusters and Stupid Heroes trading cards..."
"...Then follow me to Austin, even if you're already here. I've got five things to tell you a little bit about, five things that you might like to give as gifts this holiday season – or that you might prefer to acquire for your own personal enjoyment – and all these things are from right here in the ATX...."
"...Starring: James Lyons, Michael Tighe, Olmo Tighe, Michael Imperioli, Michael Ringer and Maggie Low. Based on the autobiographical writings of the late, gay author and artist David Wojnarowicz, Postcards from America is a memory play, a remembrance of how things past affect things present..."
"...Gary Numan: You know, with all the hurricanes and the droughts before that, there’s so much going on, so many clear signs that things are not what they were. People will say, “Oh, we’ve had them before,” but not in that intensity, not that number, not that back-to-back..."
"...This: “The Silent Narrative of Things” by Alejandra Almuelle...."
"...Comedy and drinking, drinking and comedy: They go together like gin and tonic, like tequila and birth control. No wonder that most of these five things are stained with the wonders fermentation hath wrought:..."
"...En route from the airport, there was red adorning everything: Buildings, cars, overpasses, cattle, campaign signs, militiamen, gunracks, crystal-meth dens, leaves on the trees. In 2004, things were over before they began, and nobody much enjoyed themselves. Didn't sleep last night and scrambling to catch up with some people and things, so I'll spare you any "analysis" for now..."
"...Just a rule of thumb I use, but it seems to work. Mike Nichols, a director who appears to want to be all things to all people these days (his last three films -- 1998's Primary Colors, 1996's The Birdcage, and 1994's Wolf – cover a pretty broad spectrum of filmmaking styles), has fashioned a throwback to the mid-Seventies with What Planet Are You From?, a film that answers the burning question: Can a horny alien make it with an emotionally battered 12-stepper and still lead his planet to universal conquest? Frankly, I don't remember asking the question in the first place, but surely someone did, somewhere..."
"...She's a riot grrrl update of the traditional Shakespearean indie female, and both Stiles and Junger manage to breathe new life into an old character. It certainly doesn't hurt things, either, to make her a fan of the Boston-based grrrl rock band Letters to Cleo, who make an appearance as the school's prom band..."
"...5) And, speaking of smart women, is it just us, or does that Yuliya Lanina always seem to be in the middle of the coolest, weirdest things in town? This Saturday at the Museum of Human Achievement, Lanina’s miniature mechanical sculptures inspire a sonic exploration of childhood awe and wonder from composer Yevgeniy Sharlat – as performed, among other pieces, by the vigorous virtuosi of NOW Ensemble and invoke in Fast Forward Austin’s Spare the Rod concert...."
"...They help him survive every day life. However, when a horror movie starts to cross into Marty's real life, things start to get truly frightening..."
"...So Marvel Comics had been teasing big things all week from their SXSW Gaming Expo panel House of Ideas. Did they deliver? Well, how about 700 free digital comics, plus hiring a top comics reporter?..."
"...Other aliens imprisoned at the time include Thurman (Lopez), Io (Lynch), and Doc (Robinson), who are there mostly to provide comic relief. Bravely and foolishly, Gary takes off to save his brother, and things accelerate even further when Gary’s wife Kira (Parker) and son Kip (Heit) set out to rescue Gary, who not only fails to rescue Scorch, but is himself imprisoned...."
"...Leroy”), and by simply casting herself as the white trash demon-mother she’s taking a huge leap of faith. There are no heroes here, and the character of Sarah is as pure a portrait of parental evil yet to appear onscreen, so The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things forces audiences into the uncomfortable, uncharitable position of having to root for a character who, after only a reel in, is as garishly corrupted as his doomed mother..."
"...He tries to expose this, but it's clear that the big crimes will go unpunished while the little criminals get arrested. "I saw things that terrified me," his character says, "and I thought I was above them – but I wasn't." He resigns from the job he loves..."
"...Christians have strayed from the path of Jesus and his religion of love, forgiveness, and charity. Merchant even takes the almost blasphemous stand of using ample clips from such famous non-Christians as Jon Stewart, Al Franken, and Bill Maher and stating they get several things right in their analyses..."
"...All things change, of course, and love no less than others and more than most. A time of infatuation may be the only hour that never stretches, the emotions shifting swiftly along a course less straight than that of Cupid's drunkest arrow toward some far terminus of romance...."
"...AUSTIN BEERWORKS X LIMITED HANGOUT Because, if you love visual art, and if you especially love that subsection of visual art called graphic design, and you love beer, and you especially love that subsection that’s locally crafted … well, holy St. Augustine of Hippo, how can you not love this party that joins all those excellent thirst- and soul-quenching things together in one Austintatious, DJ-enhanced Saturday night? (Answer: You can’t not love it..."
"...5. THAT'S AMORE: AN EARLY VALENTINE Tell you what: few things are quite as romantic as music from Italian operas, especially when that music's performed on period instruments by the virtuosi of the Texas Early Music Project..."
"...The sugar-coated holiday that stems from pagan roots is here once again! So we've compiled a conveniently numbered list of things to do around Austin...."
"...Molly Ivins often noted that persistent observers of Texas politics learn one invaluable lesson: Things can always get worse. I've been reminded of this nugget of wisdom by a couple of stories in the news this week..."
"...There simply is no explanation for humanity's mad excesses. To document them as Herzog does is a reminder that such things exist, and that we have within ourselves the capacity for more evil than we care to admit...."
"...Excerpted from Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. Copyright 2015 by Sarah Hepola..."
"...But myself, Conor and Stephen, we workshopped for a few weeks beforehand, developing the characters' relationship dynamic before going into the shoot. So when it came to actually shooting, if things had to change, it was very disposable, and very easy to access...."