Bates Recital Hall
"...Starring: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson, Richard Masur, Julie Kavner, William Hickey, Robert Constanzo, John Spencer and Cathy Moriarty. Wave au revoir and then do like the movie says: Forget Paris..."
"...An ex-G.I. (Kelly) remains in Paris after the war to pursue a career as a painter..."
"...Almost inevitably, his sequel falls a blood-flecked whisker or three short of the model in terms of originality, but this is still a fast-paced, entertaining homage that recaptures a fair amount of the old lunatic energy and subversive humor. Writers Tim Burns and Tom Stern, who were responsible for 1994's uneven but endearingly weird Freaked, have moved the action to Paris, using its gloomy medieval cathedrals, catacombs, and underground passageways to nifty atmospheric effect..."
"...There are few greater proponents of the American form of mindless film violence and flash-without-substance storytelling. A clear example in From Paris With Love comes midway into the film’s admittedly well-choreographed mayhem as the gun-crazy operative Charlie Wax (Travolta) exasperatedly explains to his new partner, James Reece (Rhys Meyers), the reasons for all the corpses piling up around them: “It’s about terrorists,” Wax declares, ending Reece’s illusion they’re chasing cocaine traffickers..."
"...Then there’s cities throughout the world, like London and Paris. In Paris, you picture some soprano saxophonist walking up and down the banks of the river...."
"...Paxton has done a splendid job of picking up support from fringe-right groups like the Texas Republican Assembly, and grand layers of astroturf like Dick Armey. However, this latest endorsement puts him in interesting company, since Bolton has recently returned from a rally in Paris supporting Mujahedin-e Khalq..."
"...They had succeeded by 1960 with the crest of Godard's Breathless. Five years later, then, Paris Vu Par … is a celebration, six postcards shot lovingly in the city where it all began..."
"...An ex-G.I. (Kelly) remains in Paris after the war to pursue a career as a painter..."
"...Even in Paris, 1975 is boring and repressive. Gotham gutter-glam terrors the New York Dolls create a sensation two years earlier when guitarist Johnny Thunders vomits in front of a shocked press corps at Orly Airport, urinates behind his amps mid-show at Édith Piaf's beloved Olympia theatre, then kicks in a heckler's head at the Bataclan..."
"...At 61, he's as creative and subversive as ever, sure of his craft and comfortable in his art. Witness the bright "Things" and doppelgänger "Things X," where he deconstructs his own work, not to mention "Magritte," which echoes the viola elegance of Paris 1919..."
"...Some remarkable moments in Texas history are unfairly forgotten, while others end up stuck to the sole of your brand-new kicks, or in your little brother's hair. Austin filmmaker and musician John Paris has spent over a decade working to ensure that the story of his father, Andy Paris, isn't overlooked when it comes time to tally the truly ingenious minds of the 20th century...."
"...An old hand at ratcheting up the suspense until your veins begin to pop, Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, French Connection II) pulls out all the stops here, but ultimately Ronin is snafued by a few too many plot twists and some creative scripting that even a late-addition (and pseudonymous) David Mamet couldn't solve. The film revolves around a shadowy group of Cold War relics, four men and a woman, recruited in Paris to acquire by any means necessary a large, silver briefcase from an unknown target..."
"...Starring: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Kari Väänänen, Christine Murillo, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Samuel Fuller and Louis Malle. Oh, to be a starving artist in Paris with a loving mistress, a dog named Baudelaire and good, equally broke, artist friends..."
"...All because of an unforgettable incident from his childhood in which a plane carrying legendary jazz trumpeter Billy Cross (Davis in his first and only film role) makes an unplanned landing in Dingo's remote hometown of Poona Flat, and Cross gives an impromptu performance for the astonished citizens. Rather than allow his unfulfilled aspirations to forever fade into the void of “what might have been,” Dingo -- much to the dismay of his wife, Jane (Buday), and childhood friend, Peter (Petruzzi) -- makes repeated attempts to re-establish contact with Cross in Paris through letters in order to realize his lifelong dream of performing with his idol..."
"...A cynical whore smirks in bed as her dweebish john looks on. All quintessentially French visions (the last one re-created on our cover) -- appropriate, as they come from a quintessentially French project: 1965's Six in Paris..."
"...What’s missing from the title is a preposition – as in, burnt out, which one gathers is what happened to rising chef Adam Jones (Cooper, fully committing) prior to film’s opening. An arrogant prick who earned two Michelin stars too early, Jones ruined a promising career in Paris by overseasoning it with drink, drugs, and sex..."
"...There’s no strain when first-time director John Carroll Lynch – most famous in front of the camera for playing Norm Gunderson in the Coen brothers’ Fargo – stays fixed on Stanton, in part, perhaps, because the film feels like such a gift from one character actor to another. In a six-decade-long career benchmarked with Paris, Texas, Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, and The Straight Story, Stanton played many memorable supporting parts but only rarely got the lead..."
"...Swiss director Sophie Huber's Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction finds the singular 86-year-old character actor more dysthymic than dynamic in reflecting on his life and credits, but when Stanton offers up renditions of George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey," Will Callery's "Hands on the Wheel," and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," things come alive and get transcendent pretty quick. Expertly interspersed with clips from Cool Hand Luke, Alien, The Straight Story, Repo Man, and Paris, Texas, the film builds to understated bursts of revelation...."
"...An American in Paris This has always been one of Minnelli's most popular movies, but even if you think you've watched it to death on TV and videotape, you have never really seen this most tragic of all the director's tragic musicals if you haven't viewed it on a big screen with its shimmering color photography by John Alton, the great noir artist, and Alfred Gilks, who shot the extraordinary 20-minute ballet that "closes" the film. Alan Jay Lerner's plot is wafer-thin, even for a musical..."
"...Irma Vep is also Hong Kong superstar Cheung's first film in two years (as well as her first foray into the international market) and she's luminously erotic here: reed-thin, encased in a shiny black latex catsuit, and possessed of a hitherto-unheard command of the English language. (She was raised in Kent, though this may come as a surprise to her longtime fans who know her only by her HK oeuvre.) Cheung, who plays herself, is called to Paris by the fictional Rene Vidal (Léaud), an embittered, confused director with the semi-salable idea of remaking Louis Feuillade's masterpiece of French silent cinema, the fantasy serial Les Vampires..."
"...Starring: Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Kate Moss, Isaac Mizrahi and John Galliano. I love fashion and everything that goes along with it, so I expected a lot from catwalk, a documentary by Robert Leacock (Choices) that follows supermodel Christy Turlington during the Spring fashion collections in Milan, Paris, and New York..."
"...The real-world catacombs beneath the streets of Paris are an irresistible foundation for cinematic nightmares, combining death and darkness in lengthy limestone tunnels lined with the remains of some 6 million people. The little-seen 2007 dud Catacombs already squandered such promise, but the Dowdle brothers (Devil, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) have decided to give it another go with As Above/So Below...."
"...Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Shawn Hatosy, Mena Suvari, Jimmy Fallon, Illeana Douglas, Armin Amiri, Beth Grant, Edward Herrman and Hayden Christensen. Who is this generation's It Girl? And does it deserve one? There's an argument to be made for Paris Hilton, whose absurdist antics in the public eye reach up, into, and ultimately beyond the crass cookie jar of pop culture detritus, a persona that pays cheap, brassy coinage to Factory Girl subject Edie Sedgwick while at the same time making Warhol's poor little rich girl seem downright classy by comparison..."
"...Starring: Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Blake Lively, Julie Christie, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Irfan Khan, Shia LaBeouf, Cloris Leachman, Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Eli Wallach, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin and Burt Young. The central thesis in this omnibus of short films (spun off from Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné’s compilation film Paris, Je T’aime) seems to be that New York is not its landmarks or its landscape; New York is its people..."
"...Nicole Hansen is Mary, the only female on the planet still able to bear children in the wake of a global nuclear war. Her mission? Escape from the ruinous, glowing city and make her way to the Atlantic where a team of French bio-engineers in a skiff will spirit off her test-tube-bound fetus to Paris in the hopes of refurbishing the species..."
"...In this week's News Roundup: Austin leaders back from the Paris climate conference reaffirm their city's commitment to combat climate change; a former WilCo DA is suspended from what little political power he has on a small Pacific republic; a coalition of faith leaders urge the governor not to cut funding for Planned Parenthood; and more...."
"...This isn't the muddled, maudlin, lip-synchy love-schtick of Everybody Says I Love You -- it's the real thing, and as the film progresses you're repeatedly reminded why the old musicals hold such a unique place in the global consciousness, and why India's “Bollywood” -- with their massive yearly output of psychotronic musical nuttiness -- is now the largest and most popular film industry in the world. Moulin Rouge is set in turn-of-the-century Paris, which, to Luhrmann's mind at least, is a fairy-tale Bohemia populated almost exclusively by absinthe-maddened artistes, slinky alabaster courtesans, and gimlet-eyed playwrights..."
"...Wahlberg makes a stunningly bad career move as Melvin Smiley, a Long Island hit man who just wants to be loved, so much so that he can't seem to break up with either his uncomically Jewish fiancée Pam (Applegate) or his mistress Chantel (Rochon). Things come to a head when, desperate for cash in order to keep Chantel happy, he takes a moonlighting gig with his buddies and ends up kidnapping Keiko (Chow), the goddaughter of head honcho Paris (Brooks, of Deep Space Nine)..."
"...The seduction and multiple beddings (six times in one night, we're told at one point) are motivated by his larger plan which involves gangsters and prison and gunplay and “variant” sex acts. At first, the sex is anonymous, dangerous and kind of Last Tango in Paris-y, minus the metaphysics (and Brando)..."
"...Roman Coppola loves the movies (and the idea of movies) as much if not more than his dad did back in the day, and like contemporaries Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie, he uses Hollywood and Cinecitta's most creatively satisfying period -- the late Sixties and early Seventies -- as a platform from which to launch his own unique yet familiar take on the filmmaking process. Set in Paris, 1969 (notably, one year after the student riots that took Guy Debord's Situationist manifesto to the streets), Davies plays Paul, an American film editor who spends his days shooting 16mm footage of himself dissecting his tres français flat-life with girlfriend Marlene (Bouchez) and his nights cutting a groovy sci-fi film in the fashion of Barbarella..."
"...They had succeeded by 1960 with the crest of Godard's Breathless. Five years later, then, Six in Paris is a celebration, six postcards shot lovingly in the city where it all began..."
"...Compared to most of the "gentlemen's clubs" in the U.S. (not that I've been to that many, but still …), Paris' famed Crazy Horse saloon has been an ongoing erotic attraction for tourists and locals alike since 1951..."
"...C’est la guerre. That said, this erotically turbocharged examination of gender power struggles in modern-day Paris is a bizarre hybrid of soft-core porn and overwrought symbolism that’s enough to make John Ashcroft’s head explode like a Cronenbergian scanner run amok..."
"...Matt Farber takes to YouTube, John Travolta denies more allegations, and the AMA does a solid. New York, London, Paris, Munich..."
"...Let’s hear it for cross-product marketing, shall we? Combining two of their brightest animated kids shows (Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys), the folks at the Nickelodeon network have come up with a daffy hybrid that artfully makes the most of both shows’ strengths and avoids their weaknesses almost entirely. And while the movie’s not quite as engrossing as 2000’s Rugrats in Paris: The Movie or last year’s The Wild Thornberrys Movie, adults can still play a challenging game of "Dammit, I know that voice! Who the hell is it?" and marvel over the cavalcade of cinematic puns and in-jokes that flow through the film like krill through a baleen whale’s gullet..."
"...In 1972, Beirut was the Paris of the Middle East, a bohemian destination on a par with Monaco. By June of 1982, it was a free-fire zone..."
"...He isn’t shy about his influences. La La Land wears them adoringly, and part of the pleasure of the film is in tracing moments and moods backwards: to the wistfulness of Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand’s French New Wave musicals, An American in Paris’ dreamy ballet, Rebel Without a Cause’s monument to the star-dusted Griffith Observatory, Fred and Ginger’s playful sparring in Shall We Dance...."
"...In a press release this morning, the Austin Film Critics Association announced it had voted Hugo as its best film of the year. The Martin Scorsese-directed picture, set in 1930s Paris, combined 3D family film with a heart-on-its-sleeve ode to cinema history...."
"...she shows a talent for song, unsurprising since her father was the village cantor. From there, she heads to Paris to become a chorus girl, entertaining troops of all nations..."
"...Not reviewed at press time. German film auteur Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas) creates a dramatic meditation on the intersecting effects of violence on various people's lives, one of whom is a successful Hollywood producer of action blockbusters..."
"...Once the meeting got underway, the board would consider the first item of business a restructuring plan that the Wooleys had worked up with a Canadian company, Groupe Le Duff America, a subsidiary of a Paris-based concern that owns several hundred restaurants and bakeries, including about 60 La Madeleine cafes acquired in 2001. Le Duff was proposing a noncontrolled equity investment in the deli chain, and the brothers pitched the plan as a viable option for infusing capital into the company...."
"...French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz come together as Ibeyi, the Yoruban word for “twins,” composing simultaneously haunting and optimistic rhythms that blur the lines between song and space. The latter spoke by Skype from her home in Paris before heading to the States to begin a U.S tour that stops at Mohawk on Wednesday, April 18...."
"...Like Halloween, it establishes the unexpected source of menace from the first scene. Rather than a small child carving up his sister, there's a woman driving a car down a small country lane just outside of Paris..."
"...They were a pop band for hard times, sweet and dour at once. After Cale's departure in 1968, he went on to record classics Vintage Violence, Paris 1919, and the instrumental Church of Anthrax..."
"..."Participatory journalist" and Paris Review editor George Plimpton was up next, introduced by local birder Victor Emanuel ("Go with him," Plimpton advised, "and you'll fall in love with grackles.") Maybe I should have. Plimpton read from a new book of clever and outrageous letters written to a fictional veterinarian..."
"...Inclusion of a period live performance on the initial reissue promised far greater glories than those ultimately delivered. Paris 1969 comes on like a good audience bootleg of the world’s heaviest garage band, who, minus all the overdubbed studio guitar, bludgeons the blues sans swing and at epic lengths..."
"...I keep Patrick Rosal’s collection of frenzied-cool poetry Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive on the water tank of my toilet, along with A Brief History of Time, an episode of The Paris Review, a few well-worn issues of Austin Monthly, Stuff Magazine, and some decomposing installments of The Sporting News. When scrutinizing the 2008 draft, often between morning bran flakes and lunchtime burrito, it was Rosal’s method, his passion and candor that became insightful for this spring’s college selection process..."
"...(More contemporary works finish out the back half of the hall.) The S.F. MoMa owns a series set, as should the Musée D’Orsay in Paris..."