"...It’s a simulation of specialness, a paid pantomime of arousal that pretends to be unique to whatever lap is within pelvic-thrust proximity. Magic Mike XXL continues the lie, with a flirty smile, as the rare mainstream film to cater to women’s sexual fantasies..."
"...After draining all the prurience from The Girlfriend Experience, his 2009 film about a high-dollar call girl, Steven Soderbergh, in his new film, Magic Mike, restores some of the lust and excitement we generally associate with stories about sex-industry workers. You need to wait only a couple of minutes after the start of the movie before soaking in a lingering, full view of Channing Tatum’s naked behind – a mere tease for the many lascivious images that are yet to come..."
"...Of the thousands of names on the South by Southwest 2008 band list, one was especially intriguing: Mingering Mike. The intrigue wasn’t just because I have no idea what “mingering” means, but rather that he isn’t a real performer..."
"...Directed by: Various. I hate to say it but it's true: Spike and Mike's annual theatrical tour of cartoon masturbation, defloration, and any and all animated aberrations calculated to induce titillation and/or bowel elimination, is no longer the shit..."
"...Directed by: Various. I hate to say it, but Spike & Mike and their annual compilation of hyper-filthy animations may have finally met their match..."
"...Lennix. Going on 10 years and still as vile as ever, Spike & Mike's annual fest o' skank actually manages to top itself for this, the millennial edition, racheting up the goo quotient and adding the woefully underused sobriquet “meat curtains” to the global lexicon..."
"...Directed by: Various. Has it really been 15 years since Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble initiated this surprisingly durable cavalcade of objectionable animations and crass anti-commercialism? It has, but what’s most remarkable about their annual parade of gag-reflex-inducing animations isn’t that it’s still around, but that it’s maintained a stubborn sort of unflappable continuity, marked by occasional stumbles into the realm of genius..."
"...Directed by: Various. Both punk rock and Spike & Mike's animation festivals (Classic, Sick & Twisted, et al.) are 25 years old this year..."
"...And the comic joy of watching an animated preacher defile a nubile corpse only to subsequently have his organ devoured by worms, well, heck, everyone knows that never goes out of style. Three cheers, then, for the fine folks at Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, who've been bringing us just those sort of cartoon yucks for going on 23 years now..."
"...Mike & Charlie's (1206 West 34th)was once one of the coolest places to hang out in Central Austin. Mike was Mike Young and Charlie was Charles "Bud" Bates, though they sold the business early on..."
"...Starring: Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, Jonathan Lipnicki, Eugene Levy, Anne Meara and Brenda Song. Like Mike is precisely the kind of movie you'd expect to see if the NBA were to get into the business of producing movies, and pint-sized adolescent boys who were already mega-successful rap stars wanted to extend their reach into the almighty worlds of movies and basketball..."
"...Mike Watt’s Missingmen trio headlines night one of the Austin Corn Lover’s Fiesta on Friday. The other ACL Fest gig – free – lands at the Gatsby (708 E..."
"...Scatologically speaking, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is best described as one of those summer movie turds: It passes easily and then disappears with a single flush. It’s crap any way you look at it, though there are less pleasant ways to spend your time on a day marked by triple-digit temperatures..."
"...You don't need the U.S. Supreme Court to find Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation '98 “…utterly without redeeming social value by contemporary community standards.” Not when the producers themselves are so proudly confident of their barnstorming animation show's emetic powers that they hand out free barf bags at the door..."
"...Directed by: Various. Seventeen semi-new offerings are compiled in perennial faves Craig “Spike” Decker and Mike Gribble's ongoing animation fest..."
"...Directed by: Various. Like swallows to Capistrano, the return of a new Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted fest to the Alamo Drafthouse means a new year has begun..."
"...Starring: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy, Juliet Aubrey, Rachael Stirling, Hans Matheson and Helena Bergström. That masterful, enigmatically calibrated gauge which is the human sense of humor stands stripped within the presence of Craig “Spike” Decker and Mike Gribble, the guiding lights behind this long-running animated film festival..."
"...Other notables include Political Correction by Steven Fonti, a parody of the old Schoolhouse Rock Saturday morning cartoons that takes a stand for political correctness, and Trainspotter, a take on Trainspotting sans junk from Jeff Newitt. It's a better lineup than you might expect from the long-running Spike and Mike team, with nary a clinker in sight, and emcompassing a vast range of styles and themes..."
"...That was a very short honeymoon: Mike Clark-Madison, who took the job of publisher of the online, nonprofit city politics website the Austin Monitor in early February, stepped down from the position last week...."
"...There are few more surreal figures on the cultural landscape than Mike Tyson. Boxing hall of famer..."
"...Mike Love invokes so many conflicted feelings it’s easy to forget he co-wrote “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Good Vibrations,” sang harmony on “Don’t Worry Baby,” took the second verse on “Sloop John B,” and made John Stamos an honorary Beach Boy on Full House. Impressive CV, one nevertheless marred by controversy, and at the Moody Theater on Sunday...."
"...And everyone involved should be duly commended. With Deltron 3030’s 16-piece orchestra prepping the Blue stage for 6:30pm, FFF organizers tried to defy odds by throwing Action Bronson sub Killer Mike onto the festival’s half-pipe – a ploy too complex to play out..."
"...Mike Mignola created Hellboy and the world of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. Now he's slowly destroying it..."
"...Directed by: Various. For a change, Spike & Mike decided to shift their focus from gross-out titillation and instead gather simply the best and funniest animated shorts they could find..."
"...(The catchy theme song of "My First Boner," which comes – so to speak – at the end of the program, causes many people to leave the theatre singing the tune.) Only the French-made "How to Cope With Death" by Ignacio Ferreras and the aforementioned "Heavy" attempt any philosophical underpinnings, although they, too, have their share of physical anguish and torture. Before the show starts and during the intermission, Spike and Mike lead the crowd in bawdy audience participation exercises designed to get viewers into receptive moods..."
"...Art and dogs. They're the saving graces in this latest toon-fest from California's Spike Decker and Mike Gribble..."
"...Serge Ellisalde's “Street Sweeper” is an understated, pencil-and-cel gem: a Parisian street cleaner stands by the curb wielding a broom indiscriminately, sweeping trash, cars, and people into the refuse duct beneath him. Not all of the shorts that Spike and Mike have collected this year are as promising as the ones above: as in all animated collections, the whole is wildly uneven with a few masterpieces, a couple of bombs, and more than enough also-rans to go around..."
"...Animated it may be, but 75 percent of these puppies definitely do live up to the title's high standards of “sick and twisted.” Not to mention frequently hilarious. Spike and Mike, the warped duo who have consistently brought together the best cartoon fests of the last few years have really topped themselves this time out; there are a few duds in the bunch -- that's almost a given -- but the majority of the shorts are delightfully crazed in the best sense of the word..."
"...Mike Birbiglia isn’t the first comedian to question his fitness for fatherhood or the first dad to tuck a plaid button-down into khakis for a Thursday night at the theatre. But he might be the first of either to find the story of his daughter’s birth in a couch...."
"...According to recent polling, Council Member Mike Martinez may be making a name for himself in Austin's mayoral race. The Martinez campaign released survey results this afternoon saying he is winning the name recognition game over opponent Steve Adler and likely candidate Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole...."
"...Last Election Day, while waiting for the tallies, my family went to see Mike June play at the now defunct Jax Neighborhood Cafe. Between the show and his song “Talkin’ Revolution Blues,” he had me thinking his music’s political..."
"...Mondo Gallery and artist Mike Mitchell have brewed up something gourmet. Let's just say, it ain't some freeze-dried Taster's Choice, and we have an exclusive first sip for you...."
"...In yesterday's installment of the Yassine "clubs'n'coke" trial, government attorneys made a brief and oblique reference to Hussein "Mike" Ali Yassine being connected to a cold case homicide investigation by APD. Now APD has confirmed that with a press release linking Yassine to the 2000 disappearance of Paresh Patel...."
"...My friend Mike Rila loves a project, and he's a self-reliant multitasker. The Saturday I dropped by to interview him for this story, he had pork cooking on the backyard rotisserie, water going in the garden, and he was working underneath a classic black 1962 Plymouth Belvedere up on blocks in the front yard..."
"...On Saturday, March 12, the Hideout Theatre hosted SX Comedy showcase Upright Citizens Brigade presents Mike Birbiglia's Dream. The writer/director/performer took the stage for some improv with his Don't Think Twice cast: (l-r) Gillian Jacobs, Tami Sagher, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia..."
"...Mingering Mike isn't the greatest soul singer you've never heard of. He's the greatest soul singer who never existed..."
"...Directed by: Various. If you've never been to one of Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisteds, which run for a couple of weeks every year or so at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, here's what you can expect: a big line..."
"...You might not feel any different this morning, but Mike Sheffield is happy that the Austin Police Department will now be monitored by citizens like yourselves. It remains to be seen whether what satisfies Austin's most powerful cop will be enough to make you and your neighbors satisfied with the APD...."
"...Dear Editor, I'm disappointed to see Mike Clark-Madison fall so easily for the bait and switch being pulled on Austin by Mike Krusee ["Austin @ Large," News, April 9]. Mr..."
"...And “Tie-Dyed Dick Featuring Rick the Dick” hilariously lampoons neo-hippie alternative culture (“Why don’t you losers get your own generation?” a disgusted Rick asks a meadow full of twentyish Deadheads). Unfortunately, there are several films here that simply aren’t worthy of the respected Spike & Mike nameplate..."
"...In Mike O'Brien's Run Through the Jungle, a riot seems to be taking place, and a man is being trampled. We can see the man lying on the ground as legs stomp by..."
"...Mike Martinez: What I mean is, when I make a decision as a City Council member, it's coming from the perspective of someone who's been a city employee, someone who's struggled to make ends meet, starting out as a rookie firefighter. So I bring those values to the decisions that we make..."
"...Leave it to Austinites Mike Henry and Kyle Fuller (and Executive Producer Tim McClure of GSD&M), then, to try and untangle the knotty cultural skein of these mad, burning poets with their concussive consonants and cool fluid vowels stacked one atop another, gritty, word-bearing alphabet bricks, interlinking like a barrel of monkeys bearing a thousand typewriters and a million rhyming thesauri, but no time limit yet...."
"...If you're one of the few, the proud, the spineless, who have yet to take in Spike & Mike's annual Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation (at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Jan. 18-Feb..."
"...After months of pre-gaming, Democrat Mike Collier officially announced his campaign to challenge Dan Patrick for the lieutenant governorship. Collier, who first floated the idea of a run back in early March, made his formal declaration at a rally in Round Rock on Sat., June 17..."
"...Election 2018 has already begun. Last week, Mike Collier cautiously threw his hat into the lieutenant governor's ring against current officeholder Dan Patrick..."
"...Few fully grown adults spend years studying Monopoly, the landmark Parker Brothers (now Hasbro-owned) board game, for its aesthetic genius. But for almost half a decade, Mike Osborne has had his lens trained on that subject, and in his photography series of that name, Monopoly appears as both a stunning, eye-widening graphic subject and the root of an expansive socioeconomic investigation...."
"...Back in the early Sixties, when TV journalist Mike Wallace and the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center were both young pups, Wallace donated to the HRC some 16mm kinescopes of the interview show that catapulted him to prominence: the nationally televised program, The Mike Wallace Interview. The HRC, along with the University's School of Information, have now digitized these unique programs and have made them available online..."
"...The tragic news came in today that former Express infielder Mike Coolbaugh was killed Sunday night after being struck in the head while standing in the first base coach's box of a AA game between the Tulsa Drillers and the Arkansas Travelers. Coolbaugh leaves behind two sons with another child due in October..."