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Madonna: Truth or Dare
This documentary about Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour is a chancy work of self-promotion but also succeeds in somewhat demystifying the icon she's become
Film Review  May 17, 1991, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: Alex Keshishian. Truth or Dare, the documentary about Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour, is a chancy work of self-promotion..."

Madonna reviewed
Music Review  October 8, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...... And You WIll Know Us By the Trail of DeadMadonna (Merge) In both performance and on their 1998 self-titled Trance Syndicate debut, Austin's ....."

Trailer Park Is Madonna
Well, sort of
DAILY Screens  June 13, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...There's a very specific type of person who can rock the single name: Beyonce, Madonna, Cher, Diana, Prince. And, well, with the exception of that last one, they're usually all independent women with singing careers or other astonishing levels of fame...."

Juke Joint Madonna
Toni Price comes clean.
Music Story  September 14, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...Sitting between guitarists Caspar Rawls and Matt Giles, Price closes her eyes and tilts her head to the side, as if waiting for a cue only she can hear. Her chestnut mane is shot with silver, and its loose, curly waves are draped around her face like a juke joint Madonna in meditation..."

Body of Evidence
You know how sometimes something can be so bad that it's almost good? Well, that's more or less the case here, with stress on the word “less.” Aiming to be...

Film Review  January 22, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Uli Edel. Starring: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Julianne Moore, Stan Shaw, Jurgen Prochnow and Frank Langella..."

Madonna helms this movie about the scandalous marriage of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.
Film Review  March 23, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Madonna. Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy and Richard Coyle...."

Filth and Wisdom
Madonna's film-directing debut, which stars Gogol Bordello charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, is a slight and philosophically dubious effort.
Film Review  November 7, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Madonna. Starring: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E..."

Angie's having an identity crisis and it's not always pretty to watch. Despite starring the beautiful and hard-working Geena Davis, it has a kind of displaced feel, as if it...
Film Review  March 4, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But as structured, her performance needs to carry the whole movie and… it simply doesn't. It's tempting to say that the problem began long ago, back when scriptwriter Todd Graff originally fashioned the story with Madonna in mind for the lead..."

Live to Tell
Madonna Live Shot, Houston's Minute Maid Park, 11.16.2008
DAILY Music  November 17, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...That’s what ninth row, dead center, up against the railing to the stage extension last night in Houston’s Minute Maid Park felt like. When Madonna repeatedly leaned out into the audience on our side of the proscenium, she was no more than five feet away..."

The Next Best Thing
I'll say this for The Next Best Thing: there's certainly more to it than the ad campaign would lead you to believe. Schlesinger, whose lengthy career has given us some...
Film Review  March 4, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: John Schlesinger. Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Illeana Douglas, Lynn Redgrave, Josef Sommer, Michael Vartin, Benjamin Bratt, Rupert Everett and Madonna..."

That Madonna… she’s voguing again. This time she strikes a pose as Eva Peron, the cultishly worshipped former first lady of Argentina and, not incidentally, the eponymous star of a...
Film Review  January 10, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Alan Parker. Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail..."

The AggreGAYtor: September 20
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  September 20, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Mark Foley offers advice, Madonna snarks on Gaga, and Nick Gruber may be paranoid. Come to the AggreGAYtor’s window..."

The AggreGAYtor: February 8
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  February 8, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Madonna gets out of jail free, Christopher Dorner sends out an awkward valentine, and Steve Doocy pledges Alpha Beta. Just when you thought ya seen it all, along comes today’s AggreGAYtor four foot tall...."

The AggreGAYtor: January 25
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DAILY Qmmunity  January 25, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Manti Te’o has a gay panic, Madonna makes it rain, and Lea T scores an ad campaign. Today’s AggreGAYtor is falling on my head like a new emotion...."

The AggreGAYtor: November 8
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  November 8, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Chris Kluwe puts on a happy face, Meghan McCain bogarts the joint, and Madonna feels dejected. Today’s AggreGAYtor is an afternoon delight...."

The AggreGAYtor: August 20
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DAILY Qmmunity  August 20, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Geraldo Rivera keeps his eye on the cabal, Bill Keller forgets to cleanse the temple, and Madonna bruises some egos. Today’s AggreGAYtor has got something to say about it and it goes something like this...."

Agent Cody Banks
Almost all Hollywood kids fare can be assessed with a single sentence: The youthful star is likable enough, the action is constant, the message is reasonably wholesome ("Just be yourself!"),...

Film Review  March 14, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Cody Banks would probably be appropriate for the 13-and-older crowd, but it’s far too dopey for teenage sophisticates, even though it’s got "cool" stuff like Segway scooters and jet-powered snowboards and a holographic robo-babe. It’s easy to imagine the film’s army of producers (Madonna among them) confabbing over the product placement and the prominent mall-punk soundtrack..."

Welcome to Collinwood
Not reviewed at press time. This remake of the 1958 Italian heist Big Deal on Madonna Street transposes the action to the projects of Cleveland, where a crew of bumbling...
Film Review  November 8, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...Not reviewed at press time. This remake of the 1958 Italian heist Big Deal on Madonna Street transposes the action to the projects of Cleveland, where a crew of bumbling crooks attempt to crack open a safe..."

Ringmaster Jerry Springer is the kind of guy who gives even the circus a bad name. With the popularity of his syndicated TV talk show and best-selling videotapes, this self-invented...

Film Review  November 27, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The movie purports to offer a backstage glimpse at life behind the scenes of a controversial trash-talk show. But this is hardly a Madonna-like Truth or Dare backstage enterprise..."

Les Miserables
I should confess up front that after a cursory high school reading of the classic novel and a late-Eighties viewing of the Broadway phenomenon, this is actually my first brush...
Film Review  May 1, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...That said, this version by director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) holds together extremely well; it's full of rich, dark hues and excellent overall casting that's highlighted by a bulky Neeson as the convict-turned-mayor-turned-redemptive archetype Jean Valjean and Rush as the grimly determined, obsessive-compulsive Inspector Javert. August is a master of distinctive shots and glowering close-ups (Thurman's woebegone Madonna/whore Fantine is almost always seen in grimy, gritty detail) and production manager Ales Komarek makes the most out of the film's Czech, Polish, and French location work..."

Mouth to Mouth
Almodovar lite. Spanish filmmaker Pereira's throwaway romantic farce is set in modern-day Madrid where, as the film opens, struggling young actor Victor Ventura (Bardem) is packing his bags on his...
Film Review  November 21, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Sanchez-Gijon is likewise excellent. Her scheming, ultra-sexy Amanda is a multi-layered temptress, the madonna/whore complex brought to vivid life..."

Hustler White
LaBruce's third feature film layers its seamy walk on the wild side with a vivid portrait of a day in the life.
Film Review  November 15, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
" pen his memoirs. He takes a quick shine to hustler Monti Ward, played by fashion model and former Madonna boy-toy Tony Ward (who has appeared in her “Justify My Love” and “Cherish” videos)..."

Calendar Girl
Mere calendars would be insufficient to gauge the sense of time one experiences while watching this movie. Eons might be a proper context if one were to give it much...

Film Review  September 10, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...At the beginning of the movie, there's a montage of famous Monroe shots: her dress blowing up over her face as she stands over a subway grating in Seven Year Itch, her unsuccessful seduction of Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, the cheesecake calendar pose that launched her career. None of this generated a flicker of recognition amongst the unofficial Jason Priestley fan club assembled in the audience until the shot of Madonna's video imitating Monroe's “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes..."

Dragon Inn
Tsui Hark -- fast becoming the Roger Corman of Hong Kong cinema -- is back with another of his mystical period pieces featuring still more flashing swordplay and billowing tapestries...
Film Review  August 27, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Cheung is especially excellent as the gorgeous, sex-starved Inn-mother who, more or less, just wants to have fun. Imagine Madonna with nothing better to do and you'll get the picture..."

Full Contact
While it may lack the self-assured, stylistic integrity of John Woo's films, this recent Hong Kong import more than makes up for it in its unabashedly frenzied pacing and its...
Film Review  May 7, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...China's answer to Steve McQueen, the suavely inscrutable Chow Yun-Fat, stars here as “Jeff,” a tough-as-nails nightclub bouncer who becomes mixed up with a gang of Thai killers when his pal Sam fails to pay back a vicious loan shark on time. Led by Judge (Hong Kong fashion model Yam), a preening dandy with a penchant for Day-Glo handkerchiefs and underage boy-toys, this odd triumvirate also includes a Mohican Neanderthal and the ironically named Virgin, a creepy moll so sex-mad that she makes Madonna look like a pale imitation of Mother Teresa..."

Simple Men
Hal Hartley's films are unmistakable: they beat with an irregular rhythm, speak in affected dialogues, brush against the suburban surreal. An up-and-coming auteur, Hartley first made waves with The Unbelievable...
Film Review  February 5, 1993, by Steve Davis
"...His ear for wordplay is faux Mamet; his gift for situations is Pinteresque. Although not as wryly funny as his other movies, Simple Men has its simple pleasures: a bossy nun sneaking a cigarette, a gas station attendant performing an electric guitar solo of “Greensleeves,” a drunken dissertation on Madonna and sexual exploitation..."

Knight Moves
Chess is the operative metaphor in this new psychological thriller, though the movie could have stood a few pointers in strategy and good gamesmanship. The story centers around a mysterious...
Film Review  January 29, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Certain events and actions just don't add up. The script is by Brad Mirman, who is also responsible for Madonna's dreadful Body of Evidence which is also in current circulation..."

Weaver's Lt. Ripley and H.R. Giger's brainchild face off in Fincher's beautifully shot sequel that goes nowhere.
Film Review  May 29, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Giger's brainchild face off in this beautifully shot and utterly uninteresting sequel. Director Fincher is best known for his music videos (Madonna, Paula Abdul) and his MTV sensibilities are in full evidence, right down to the film's breakneck pace and jagged editing..."

SXSW Preview: Mary Lambert
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Same Love’ diva gets her shot
DAILY Music  March 13, 2014, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Two years ago, Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert offered a longshot deal on Kickstarter: Donate $1,000 and join her at the Grammys if she ever went big. No one jumped on the deal, but in January there she was – flanked by Madonna on one side, Queen Latifah on the other – belting out the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage anthem “Same Love.”..."

The AggreGAYtor: August 6
Your daily dose of LGBTQ news
DAILY Qmmunity  August 6, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Elton John and Madonna continue their feud, Larry Craig drops a doozey, and John Travolta throws some shade. Today’s AggreGAYtor counts its chickens before they hatch...."

Music Mo'nday: The Curious Tale of Lana Del Rey
Yeah, we're sick of her too.
DAILY Qmmunity  February 15, 2012, by Rob Cohen
"...Music would solely be judged on what comes out of the speakers. Would David Bowie have the same impact? Madonna? Lana Del Rey?..."

Tuesday News Gay on a Wednesday: Feb. 1
This week's LGBT news round-up has good news all around!
DAILY Qmmunity  February 1, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...Thank your lucky stars, young unicorns, because not only did Austin make the list of lesbianiest cities, but there's good same-sex marriage news, a push for trans-rights in the military, and a queer-friendly guide to this week's hyper-masculine celebration of heteronormative violence… (or for those who just really wanna see Madonna's half-time show)...."

Tuesday News Gay on a Wednesday: Jan. 18
Dan hits us with his news bits
DAILY Qmmunity  January 18, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...It also turns out that one of the most rabidly anti-gay candidates loves gays, as well as good gay rights news and a fabulous bitchfight brewing between Elton John and Madonna in this week's round-up of extra sparkly LGBT news!..."

Writer/Folklorist Kay TurnerBetween Us
Books Story  January 17, 1997, by Robin Bradford
"...I first became aware of Kay Turner's wacky and intelligent presence in the late 1980s through performances of her band, Girls in the Nose. Singing songs about breasts, pantyhose, and menstrual huts, the band hosted a Madonna Hoot Night at Chances that featured a living buffet of fruit served from a reclining woman's navel..."

Destruction as Beauty
Profile of local alternative band Trail of Dead; explication of their new album Madonna
Music Story  October 8, 1999, by Greg Beets
"...Trail of Dead's new album, Madonna, sacrifices just enough of that onstage spontaneity to bring the artistic merits of the music itself to the forefront. The end product of this slight refinement is one of the most engaging and fully realized rock albums to come out of Austin this year..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  January 3, 1997
"...Just as the world is divided into Andrew Lloyd Webber lovers and Andrew Lloyd Webber haters, so exists the pro-Madonna and anti-Madonna factions. Count me in with the Webber lovers and pro-Madonna stance: When she started her campaign to play the lead in the film version of the fabulously successful Broadway musical Evita, I cheered her on..."

TV Eye
The surprising crossroads of Glee and local doc Sunshine
Screens Column  April 30, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...Can I write at the same time about "The Power of Madonna" episode of Glee (Fox) and Sunshine – Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss' meditation on how the "unwed mother" has morphed into the more acceptable "single mother" in her lifetime? I'm going to give it a shot, because "The Power of Madonna" episode and Sunshine travel over similar territory. Each project's mission is distinctly different, but there is something curiously familiar in both...."

Record Reviews
Music Review  May 8, 1998

Madonna Music (Maverick)
Music Review  October 13, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...MadonnaMusic (Maverick) Madonna, that cheeky little wench, has obviously had her fill of the Britney-Jessica-Christina clones encroaching on her sacred Queen of Clubs dance floor, so what does she do? Shimmies into get-the-hell-out-of-Dodge duds, cocks her index finger like a gun, and blows away the competition. Returning to her dance roots is a smart move, but she's very coy about it, always keeping one step ahead of the game..."

Four Rooms
What must have seemed like a positively brilliant idea at the time -- a quartet of short films by four of American cinema's most promising young directors -- fails to...
Film Review  January 5, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Starring: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Beals, Paul Calderon, Sammi Davis, Valeria Golino, Madonna, Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Witt and Quentin Tarantino..."

After a Fashion
Has your style avatar Stephen found religion … or just joined a cult?
Columns  August 6, 2004, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...KABBALAH KLAPTRAP Why can't they just leave the ancient, well-respected, and deeply spiritual alone? Well, the way things are going, it will soon be impossible to find a celebrity who has not fallen under the über-trendy spell of the Kabbalah. (Whenever I hear about it, I always recall this weird board game that my brother had circa 1967, called Kabbalah, with a mechanical apparatus so creepy looking that we never did get around to learning how to play it.) Madonna, in her never-ending quest for the new and unusual, has brought the same major attention to this particular spiritual altar as she does every time she reinvents herself..."

Documentary tracks the evolution of the artist and activist
Film Review  November 21, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...And while Loveridge’s doc follows the usual chronology of a musician’s trajectory, or as Maya puts it, a “starving child from the mud hut who made it,” filled with home movies of her dancing to Madonna, discovering hip-hop, traveling back to Sri Lanka in her 20s to document her family, the film begins to cohere in ways that are surprising. Of course she would embrace post-colonial theory, of course she would meld hip-hop and dancehall with the traditional sounds of her culture, while telling stories of the disenfranchised..."

'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
"...– Madonna, "Material Girl"..."

Homoween, Day 3 : Gay Icons
Homoween: Day 3!
DAILY Qmmunity  October 27, 2007, by Andy Campbell
"...Rrrwor. Rosie O'Donnell - Honestly, you could take this one many different directions: buy a bunch of kooshes and fling them at party-goers, wear a baseball uniform and act crass (see Madonna as well), or even, do you guys remember that horrid haircut she shaved in to impress Boy George? Ellen Degeneres - Wear a slim suit with a graphic tee, do a little dance, cry a little bit (for that poor dog) and go to town..."

Arthur and the Invisibles
Live-action/animation hybrid from Luc Besson features a host of hip vocal talent but little more.
Film Review  January 19, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...He makes himself tiny as well, via some obscure magical process involving a telescope, a full moon every 10 months, and a tribe of African warriors. Then he meets a generically kickass tiny princess (Madonna) and kind of helps her save herself..."

Record review
Music Review  January 13, 2006, by Margaret Moser

Britney's screen debut.

Film Review  February 15, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoë Saldana, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd. After a prologue, the movie begins with Britney Spears dancing around her peaches-and-cream bedroom in her Jockey underwear to the sound of Madonna crooning her hit “Open Your Heart.” The scene is a groan-worthy start to this pop tart's debut film performance..."

Cautiously Optimistic
Fifteen Hopefuls Make Up Austin's Musical Class of 2001
Music Story  January 19, 2001, by Andy Langer
"...Ünloco didn't realize Feldmann was moonlighting as A&R for Madonna's Maverick label until they were invited to Los Angeles four days later for an audition -- a performance that led to the local metal band recording a song for the Little Nicky soundtrack. The track, "Nothing," was recorded in Chicago with producer Johnny K (Disturbed), which led to a recording contract being offered the following week..."

The Butcher Boy
Deeply tragic yet savagely funny, The Butcher Boy is an audacious account of a troubled and violent childhood. Set in a small rural town in Ireland in the early 1960s,...
Film Review  May 1, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As the film opens, we get to know the young Francie: He lives with his alcoholic father and suicidal mother, and jokes and plays with his friend Joe (Boyle), with whom he play-acts a rich fantasy life based on bits and piece of (primarily American) popular culture. TV shows such as The Lone Ranger and The Fugitive, comic book superheroes, space alien movies, Atomic Age news reports, and iconographic wall hangings of the Madonna, JFK, and a happy honeymoon photograph portrait of his parents -- these are some of the unfiltered images slopping around in Francie's brain..."

Grace Potter Lives to Perform
Vermont wailer strikes out on her own with firmly-rooted pop
DAILY Music  January 27, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez
"...AC: I once read your favorite artists are Madonna and David Bowie. They certainly shook up their careers at most points...."

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