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The Legend of Suriyothai
Exotic and epic, The Legend of Suriyothai brings to life events that occurred in 16th-century Thailand. The movie must certainly seem far less exotic in its native land, where Queen...
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Film Review  July 25, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Sarunyoo Wongkrchang, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Chatchai Plengpanich, Johnny Anfone and Mai Charoenpura. Exotic and epic, The Legend of Suriyothai brings to life events that occurred in 16th-century Thailand..."

AFF: Johnny Depp in the ATX
Johnny Depp gets award, presents Rum Diary, and strums with the best
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Saturday night, Depp and Robinson partook in another interview session in front of a few hundred students in the Texas Union Theatre on the UT campus, this time moderated by another UT legend, Professor John Pierson, the author of Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes. The Rum Diary distribution company, Film District (the new company also has Drive in current play), promises that interview will be available online once the film comes out this Friday, October 28...."

Johnny Rivers, a Rock Legend
Postmarks  March 3, 2004
"...20]. Rock legends like Mr..."

The Legend of Johnny Lingo
This G-rated story about an orphaned Polynesian boy was not reviewed at press time.
Film Review  November 14, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Geronimo: An American Legend
With the same vicious consequences that resulted from Disney bestowing human characteristics on several generations of animals, Hollywood liberals have recast Native Americans as Judeo-Christian moral noble savages. This crass...
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Film Review  December 10, 1993, by Louis Black
"...What happened to Walter Hill (I asked this of Michael MacCambridge at the screening, and he suggested this film needed Eddie Murphy)? No other talented director (Hard Times, The Driver, 48HRS., The Long Riders) has made so many bad movies from good ideas (Streets of Fire, Crossroads, Johnny Handsome). In a recent issue of the New York Times they asked legendary scriptwriter John Milius, who wrote the first draft of Geronimo, what he thought of the finished film..."

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger is a Western without a compass.
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Film Review  July 5, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...If you want to see Johnny Depp in a revisionist Western, check out 2011’s Rango, in which the actor gives voice to an animated chameleon in a Wild West town, or Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man from 1995, in which Depp plays an Eastern accountant who takes the train west to the end of the line where he encounters a world both comic and violent, guided into the spirit world by a Native American named Nobody. But reuniting here with his Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski for a culturally evolved retelling of the radio and TV legend of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Depp does the modern Western few favors..."

My Breakfast With Blassie
In recognition of the release of Man on the Moon, The Alamo Drafthouse and The Show With No Name present this spoof of Louis Malle's My Dinner With Andre, along...
Film Review  December 16, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Johnny Legend. Starring: Andy Kaufman and Fred Blassie..."

The Commissioner Has Left the Building
Johnny Torrez was one of the first Austin comics to work on a professional level, and every local comic who ever made a living in the business credits the self-proclaimed "Commissioner of Comedy" as an early influence and inspiration. On Valentine's Day, the Commissioner died. Here's how he is remembered.
Arts Story  February 23, 2001, by J. C. Shakespeare
"...The memory of the mythical Austin of yore continues to grow mistier, as we seem to lose more legends than most cities ever have. On Valentine's Day, Austin lost yet another legend: Johnny Torrez, the Commissioner of Comedy..."

Jesus Gonna Be Here
Johnny Toxic
Music Story  March 25, 1999
"...As for flat-out first impressions, that prize was clearly taken by Boerne's Big Bill Lister, whose cowboy poet look -- wind-bitten face, gravy-colored Stetson, and jaunty plaid string tie -- drew knowing eyes away from BR5-49er Gary Bennett's fresh-faced cowpunk reverence and Greil Marcus' streetwise intellectualist charm. It was Lister, too, who was the most entertaining: A former friend and sidekick of Williams, he regaled the eager crowd with bass-note tales of life on the Hadacol wagon train, the strength of legendary country singer's humility, and tarp-and-rainstorm tales of lost-and-found Williams acetates..."

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Nuff Said, Wear Red
What do rockabilly cult figure Johnny Legend, women's health care advocate Marcia Ball, and hit-and-run victim Slim Richey have in common? This weekend.
Music Column  March 30, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Valuable experience for an aspiring musician, but even better because he fulfilled musical dreams like booking Little Richard at the Forty Acres Fest. Even that didn't sate his appetite for promotion: On Saturday, March 31, he's booked rockabilly cult favorite Johnny Legend at the Continental Club, along with San Antonio garage titans Sons of Hercules and Austin's reigning kings of Red River, the OBN III's...."

Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.
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Film Review  November 18, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...The way they shine and roll all wrong under those drooping, cold-blooded lids is method acting straight from the original amphetamine reptile. Dope, guns, and fucking in the streets? Both real and reel Cash lived for all three and survived often enough to become a legend not once but twice..."

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Johnny Depp sails the seas once again.
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Film Review  May 20, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Jackieboy wants to win back his beloved Black Pearl and keep his neck intact, if not necessarily in that order. Barbossa wants Blackbeard dead, being that he's the one responsible for a prior loss of limb, and Blackbeard wants what all pirates want: eternal life or something like it (like, say, a legend that a future film company could use to make billions of dollars)..."

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
Touching documentary captures Campbell's final tour, which is made more poignant and brave because of the musician's worsening Alzheimer's.
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Film Review  November 21, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...This documentary about the final concert tour of country-music crossover legend Glen Campbell that was undertaken while the singer-songwriter was descending into the haze of Alzheimer’s disease is a courageous piece of work. It’s also, by turns, hilarious, harrowing, hopeful, and sad..."

Down & Dirty
Lone Star guitar great Johnny Winter gets his hands dirty once again
Music Story  July 3, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...At Beaumont High School, the budding six-string virtuoso came billed as Johnny "Cool Daddy" Winter. In his teens, he established himself at Austin's legendary psychedelic shack, the Vulcan Gas Company..."

What Gives?
Johnny Rodriguez on HighTone
Music Story  August 30, 1996, by Lee Nichols
"...He didn't pick "Every Night About This Time" to associate himself with the ultra-hip L.A. cowpunk scene, or because cult legend Joe Ely covered it..."

Teenage U.f.O. Psycho Sex Monster Show
Andy Kaufman cohort and rockabilly great Johnny Legend presents a two-hour compilation of trailers including all genres from beach party movies to sex roughies, and all sorts of vintage sleaze...
Film Review  March 26, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Various. Andy Kaufman cohort and rockabilly great Johnny Legend presents a two-hour compilation of trailers including all genres from beach party movies to sex roughies, and all sorts of vintage sleaze and gore..."

I’m From Hollywood
The last two screenings went over so well that the Alamo has decided to show the Kaufman tribute program yet a third time – this time with the addition of...
Film Review  January 13, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In recognition of the release of Man on the Moon, the Alamo Drafthouse and The Show With No Name also present My Breakfast With Blassie, a spoof of Louis Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, along with a series of rare Kaufman film clips, live appearances, game-show cameos, Letterman appearances, and short features. Directed by the notorious Johnny Legend (movie producer, director, archivist, star, and rockabilly singer), My Breakfast With Blassie was shot over breakfast at Sambo’s with Kaufman and wrestling figure Fred Blassie..."

George Kinney & The Golden Dawn
Fanning the flames of legend
Music Story  August 12, 2005, by Michael Chamy
"...The legend of the 13th Floor Elevators and Texas psych in the Sixties has not diminished over the years. It's just that somewhere along the way, George Kinney's part of the legend was forgotten...."

Page Two: Persistence of Revision
Fascism, Frank Capra, and how legend becomes history
Columns  January 19, 2007, by Louis Black
"...It is another in my ongoing assaults on modern American film-writing. It addresses the subject of how, when legend becomes fact, the legend gets printed – even when it comes to film history..."

SXSW Music Live: David Vincent
Death metal pioneer and new Austinite goes stone country
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2017, by Jim Caligiuri
"...A certifiable legend in the extreme metal universe, North Carolina native David Vincent fronted and played bass for Morbid Angel on and off for the better part of the last three decades until 2015. His new local project offers something else altogether...."

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