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Mike & Charlie's Memories
Recent deaths of old friends has former mid-town mainstay on my mind
DAILY Food  November 2, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Magic Mike
Steven Soderbergh directs this story about the male strippers of Tampa, whose lead characters are played by Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.
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Film Review  June 29, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...While Magic Mike heavily showcases Xquisite’s outrageous routines, the screenplay by Reid Carolin offers little more than the standard backstage story. The Kid, as Pettyfer’s character is dubbed, descends into the industry’s dark side, while Mike deludes himself into thinking that he will eventually make his getaway – all while growing increasingly enamored with the Kid’s big sister, Brooke (an intriguing newcomer who reminds me of a young Kristy McNichol), who performs the thankless job of playing the film’s only spoilsport..."

Like Mike
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...
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Film Review  July 5, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Bow Wow makes for a reasonable child star, with his expressive face and hands and boundary-straddling image that crosses over between cute and dangerous. Civic groups have understandably taken umbrage with the PG-rated film's plot point that involves young Calvin (Bow Wow) rescuing his sneakers from where they've been tossed onto a power line in the rain..."

Spike & Mike's '97 Festival of Animation
Another day, another animation festival from those wacky guys at S&M. As always, it's a mixed bag, with various styles and sensibilities represented, from the sublime to the superfluous, and...
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Film Review  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Nicely done, and grotesque to boot. Who could ask for anything more? I could, and was richly rewarded by Hilary, a brief work from Brit Anthony Hodgson that combines the sensibilities of Franz Kafka with some engagingly rudimentary puppet work to tell the tale of a young girl and her father and a very, very surreal bedtime story..."

Spike & Mike's 1992 Festival of Animation
Featuring 18 different animated shorts from around the world, this 1992 collection highlights the best and the brightest (as well as the tedious and the wholly unoriginal, occasionally) in animation....
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Film Review  August 21, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...offers “Balloon,” which at 12 minutes is the longest bit in the collection. Lidster uses claymation in this warped story of a vacuous young girl, her beloved red balloon (what is it with red balloons anyway?), and the absolutely wicked Evil Clown who comes between them (read into this what you will)..."

Spike & Mike's All Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation
In an effort to help out the folks at Dobie, let's just get this clear right up front: this ain't no kiddie show. Animated it may be, but 75 percent...
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Film Review  February 7, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...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. The fest opens with a series of extremely short one-shot gags following the trials of a young boy called “No Neck Joe.” As implied by his name, poor Joe is lacking a vital piece of his anatomy, and when the town bullies decide to ruin his day, all they have to do is buy him a turtleneck sweater, and so on..."

Heroes and Villains: Mike Love
Q&A with Beach Boys mainstay prior to Sunday’s Moody show
DAILY Music  January 18, 2014, by Luke Winkie
"...This 9-year-old girl had made up an “I love the Beach Boys” shirt, and she was singing along to almost all the songs. When you see that kind of response from children, teens, young adults, adults, all the way to grandparents, it’s pretty miraculous and pretty wonderful. We’re getting to do what we’ve always loved doing, and we’ve enjoyed an incredibly long career..."

Peck Young Goes Away Mad
Young likes to insult people behind their backs – and deny it later
DAILY News  February 8, 2013, by Michael King
"...The well-traveled political consultant William "Peck" Young – in his heyday, his clients ranged from Ann Richards to Michael Dukakis, and "all the mayors of Austin from 1975 to 1997" (official bio) – is the founding Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College...."

SXSW Interview: Neil Young
Rocker’s PonoMusic aims for highest quality digital music
DAILY Music  March 11, 2014, by Greg Beets
"...After writing extensively about his attempts to bring high-quality digital music to the masses in his 2012 autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young’s PonoMusic is slowly moving toward fruition. Tuesday’s interview with USA Today’s Mike Snider was part rant and part sales pitch...."

Mowing Lawns With Mike Cooley
Drive-By Truckers’ co-frontman goes solo at the Hole
DAILY Music  December 6, 2012, by Jim Caligiuri
"...One of Cooley’s most memorable lyrics reappears on The Fool On Every Corner via the song “Marry Me,” which contains the lines, “Rock & Roll means well/ It can’t help telling young boys lies.” I wondered whether he remembered penning that line...."

The People vs. Mike Sheffield
The new APD oversight agreement is a first for Austin -- but will it do what it's supposed to do?
News Story  March 30, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...APD Chief Stan Knee, and Elizabeth Watson before him, have made community policing the order of the day at APD, and under an assessment system the sergeants actually training the new and young cops -- a disproportionate share of Austin's police force -- are now more likely to be Officer Friendly. "Having an intelligent way to select first-line supervisors is by far the most important thing you can do to get culture change in APD," says Bill Spelman, "and the Meet and Confer goes a long way in getting there."..."

Mike Wallace: Before He Was a 60-Minute Man
DAILY Screens  April 4, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Rebellious Young Woman
Kacy Crowley
Music Story  February 28, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...Whatever else happens for Kacy Crowley this year, she can rest assured knowing she saved herself $150. That's the cost of a decent press kit bio these days, and "Rebellious Young Women," a frank, blow-by-blow self-portrait from her forthcoming debut, Anchorless, makes this formality virtually obsolete...."

Young Blood & Old Ways
Devon Allman’s all-star RSB loads into the Moody
DAILY Music  December 31, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...“I’ve played with my band at Antone’s, and I’m originally from Corpus – born and raised.” So begins Devon Allman’s story as standard bearer to the one of rock’s great dynasties. The younger Allman returns to Austin on Wednesday at the Moody Theater with Cyril Neville in the Royal Southern Brotherhood – on the bill with John Hiatt and his father Gregg Allman...."

Young, Loud, and Cheap
The Skunks were a band. A loud one.
Music Story  December 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...As the Seventies crawled on hands and bell-bottom-draped knees past its midpoint, acts like the Ramones and the Damned started coming through Austin. Raul's, a small, unassuming little club on the Drag, opened its doors to this new, irreverent form of entertainment, just as young, individualistic types like Turner started cutting off their long hair and praying to the gods of rock for an end to the long drought..."

Win Win
Paul Giamatti stars in this dark comedy from the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor.
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Film Review  April 8, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Tom McCarthy. Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young and Melanie Lynskey..."

Black or White
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer play guardians who fight over the custody of their granddaughter.
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss
"...2014 was a banner year for race-minded movies from African-American filmmakers. Selma examined the political compromises necessary to make strides toward landmark social change, Dear White People savaged the current landscape of would-be political correctness on both sides of the matter, and Beyond the Lights cast a harsh spotlight on the unhealthy expectations that the entertainment industry places on young black women to succeed...."

Don't Think Twice
In this comedy about comedy, Mike Birbiglia nails what's funny and true
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Film Review  August 5, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although a Three Musketeers-like “all for one, and one for all” attitude is evident in the members of the comedy troupes, Birbiglia also has a keen sense of the roiling resentments and sublimated jealousies that infect the individuals. Young, creative sorts may more susceptible to these insidious and self-deprecating emotions, but Birbiglia’s acute perspective will pertain to almost any industry in which a few are chosen to advance and the vast majority are left to wonder, “Why not me?”..."

Character
Character, this year's Oscar winner for best foreign picture, is a Dutch epic about a son's struggle with his tyrannical father. It's a good-looking, well-acted, and well-constructed saga that, nevertheless,...
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Film Review  May 15, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Set in 1920s Rotterdam, Character is shaped like a thriller, albeit one with a Dickensian dramatic sprawl and a nostalgically romantic touch. It tells the difficult life story of the aspiring young lawyer Jacob Willem Katadreuffe (van Huet) and begins right at the story's climax -- an apparent murder committed by the young man -- and then relates the story of Katadreuffe's life in flashback as he tells his saga while under cross-examination by the police for the crime..."

Twelve
The private-school kids on New York's Upper East Side are definitely not all right in Joel Schumacher's sordid tale of young promise gone wrong.

Film Review  August 6, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Like The Kids Are All Right, Schumacher’s film premiered at Sundance last January and received a boost from that pedigree. But there’s no getting around how dreadful Twelve is – how tone deaf it is to its young protagonists and how vapid its ersatz production design seems..."

SXSW 09 Film Lineup Announced
What's all the ruckus? Why, it's the SXSW Film lineup!
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...In addition to previously announced films like opening night comedy I Love You, Man (the cast of which – including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones – will all be in attendance at the festival), SXSW 09 has some big-buzz films, like Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, and the locally made Beeswax from Andrew Bujalski. You got return trips from SXSW alums Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), and Alex Karpovsky (Trust Us, This Is All Made Up), plus you’ll-never-believe-this docs like Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man and Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie (it’s Troll 2, in case you were wondering)… Not to mention the world premiere of Women in Trouble, written and directed by Sebastian “Snakes on a Muthafuckin’ Plane” Gutierrez..."

Summer Catch
Baseball, summer, apple pie, and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s bare butt -- what could be more American? Toss in a brief glance at Matthew Lillard's equally nekkid behind and you've got...
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Film Review  August 24, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Prinze plays Ryan Dunne, a Chatham townie who spends his summers cutting the lawns of the idle rich summer folk with his alcoholic father (Ward, creating the film's only flashes of solid acting in sight) and dreaming about becoming a big-league ball player. As a heavy-handed narration informs us, the Cape Cod summer league is the proving ground for the most talented young athletes in the country..."

Topsy-Turvy
Naked this isn't. British film director Mike Leigh is known more for his love of dark improvisation and interpersonal dramas (Secrets & Lies, High Hopes) than his dalliances with the...
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Film Review  February 4, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Between them, the pair produced 14 rightfully beloved operettas (The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, etc.) that remain the bane of young people trotted out for an evening on the town with mom and dad to this very day..."

The TV Set
David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver star in this dyspeptic drama about the work of creating television shows.
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Film Review  May 4, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...Duchovny plays Mike, the creator of an hourlong series for a fictional network. The show, a dark comic drama, follows the story of a young man returning home after his brother has committed suicide..."

Hush
Well-executed horror nightmare features sick torment of a deaf woman
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Film Review  March 25, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Flanagan (who also directed Oculus a few years ago) wrote the film with its star victim Kate Siegel, to whom he is also married. Siegel plays Maddie Young, a deaf writer who lives alone in an isolated cabin (classic catnip for evildoers)..."

Road to Perdition
That gunshot to the head in the last moments of Sam Mendes' American Beauty was something of a portent; his follow-up, The Road to Perdition, is a death binge, with...
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Film Review  July 12, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...His film is about fathers and sons, and the legacies fathers leave to their sons; Sullivan's already got "Hell" stamped all over his traveling papers, but the jury's still out on whether Mike will follow in his father's footsteps. That puts young Hoechlin in a sink-or-swim situation..."

Rounders
Though it deals us a pleasantly engaging look at New York's underground world of high-stakes poker games, Rounders is hardly the straight flush we've been anticipating ever since director John...
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Film Review  September 11, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The dramatic throughline is murky as well. Is this a story about friendship? A young man's maturation? A love story? A subculture study? A tribute to professionalism? Rounders touches on all these themes but fails to follow any of them through to their logical conclusions..."

Career Girls
Time makes different people of us all. One day, our faces are fresh and unlined; the next, they bear the folds and creases added to them by Time. Time alters...
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Film Review  August 22, 1997, by Robert Faires
"...One day, our faces are fresh and unlined; the next, they bear the folds and creases added to them by Time. Time alters our dress, our manners, our tastes, often so dramatically that we are unrecognizable next to our younger selves..."

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright
Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them in their big screen formats...
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Film Review  October 22, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them in their big screen formats where they tend to gain a bit more solidity in addition to the support of audience laughter. The Appointments of Dennis Jennings is comedian Steven Wright's 1989 Oscar-winning film about a harried young fellow who, despite the dubious psychiatric assistance of Rowan Atkinson (The Tall Guy, Mr..."

Beginners
Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor play father and son in this lovely drama about what happens to both after the older man discovers near the end of his life that he's gay.
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Film Review  June 24, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...When we first meet 38-year-old Oliver (McGregor), his patterns of speech, his quirks, his method of pitching woo to a stunning French actress named Anna (Inglourious Basterds’ Laurent) seem wholly his own. It’s only when writer/director Mike Mills scats to different entry points in Oliver’s life – to five years prior when his newly widowed father, Hal (Plummer, so beamy it’s almost blinding), comes out of the closet, or to 30 years back when Oliver’s unpredictable but magnetic mother (Keller) hurls hints at her young son of the agitation she lives with, locked in a sexless marriage – that we can pinpoint the source of those patterns of speech and defining quirks..."

Vera Drake
With this period piece set in 1950 London, British filmmaker Mike Leigh delivers his best picture in some time, and with it he seemingly aims to provoke conversation about the ethics of abortion.
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Film Review  January 21, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Some of that derives from the film's period detail that makes everything about post-war London seem so worn and gray, but the dreariness of the individual caught up in the machinery of government serves as a good reminder for those of us here in the States. In a decade in which young, fertile women have no personal memory of the recent past when abortion was illegal throughout the U.S., Leigh’s tonal study can serve as a touchstone to those pre-Roe v..."

Food-o-File
I hope you saved your appetite for all of the news Virginia B. Wood is plating up.
Food Column  October 3, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Call 794-9590 to purchase tickets... Another event celebrating creative young Austinites is the "Film & Food" party and fundraiser sponsored by the Austin Film Festival and the Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival on Wednesday, Oct..."

Can't Hardly Wait
This better-than-average teen sex comedy looks at a bunch of seniors on the night of high school graduation.
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Film Review  June 12, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...The recent renaissance in post-pubescent icons glutting the airwaves (everyone from Party of Five, Sliders, and a post-Clarissa Melissa Joan Hart) has fueled a boom in the genre's evil twin, the slasher flick, so it's only fair play to turn up the heat on the late, lamented estrogen/testosterone fests as well. Thankfully, Can't Hardly Wait is less an exercise in simpering sophomoric hi-jinks than it is an amicable, occasionally hilarious meditation on young love in the Nineties...."

The Fourth Animation Celebration
This fourth animation celebration from Expanded Entertainment proves my long-standing theorem that an animated piece without a decent story to follow is little more than a novelty act: not so...
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Film Review  March 27, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Most are eminently forgettable, out of mind as soon as they are out of sight, which is too bad when you think about the amount of time it took most of these animators to come up with their finished products. It appears that Expanded Entertainment, long the front runners in the animation festival field, are losing out to young Californian turks Spike & Mike, whose All Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation played recently at the Dobie Theater (to capacity crowds, I might add)..."

20th Century Women
Bening shines in this tender, heartfelt film
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Film Review  January 20, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...A single mother and child of the Great Depression raising a 15-year-old in Santa Barbara circa 1979, Dorothea (Bening) has a habit of cocking her head and narrowing her eyes at young Jamie (Zumann), like he’s a math problem she can’t unpuzzle. And so, in a somewhat misbegotten plan, she enlists others to chip in with the molding and moral education of Jamie, including her twentysomething boarder Abbie (Gerwig), a photographer who turns Jamie on to feminism and punk music; another boarder, William (Crudup), a hippie carpenter who can quote from Our Bodies, Ourselves; and Jamie’s best friend Julie (Fanning), who is diving headlong into the sexual revolution but keeps the besotted Jamie at arm’s length...."

Ip Man 3
Donnie Yen returns as the grandmaster who taught Bruce Lee his moves
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Film Review  January 22, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...The main reason to see Ip Man 3 remains Donnie Yen’s indelible characterization of the man who most famously trained a young Bruce Lee, seen here, briefly, by dead ringer (and Jeet Kune Do master) Chan Kwok-Kwan. In the previous films, we’ve seen the ever unflappable Ip Man weather the Sino-Japanese war of 1937, move his family to Hong Kong, establish his legendary school of martial arts, and face off against both British colonialism and a gang of local thugs led by famed actor/director/stunt coordinator Sammo Hung..."

Road Rage
The Barton Springs Road project has encountered more than few speed bumps
News Story  August 30, 2002, by Amy Smith
"..."Business is bad," he said, propping his elbows on the counter. "But we're dealing with it the best that we can." On this scorcher of a day, however, the afternoon was still young, and Shook held hope of ringing up more sales of cold smoothies and maybe a few more tips before quitting time...."

American Ultra
This stoner action rom-com stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart
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Film Review  August 21, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...What if a young Woody Allen had been cast as stony Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and then the whole thing was rewritten as a Jason Bourne action film? Somewhere in the multiverse that exact movie exists, but until quantum is our bitch, we’ll have to settle for American Ultra...."

The Holy Land
The modern Israel portrayed in this movie is anything but a holy land. Instead, the view it offers is one of the secular and quotidian, a teenager's coming-of-age story with...
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Film Review  August 8, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Something very real comes through in The Holy Land, despite the film's rockier moments, and the movie gives us a rare taste of the abiding conflict between the country's religious orthodoxy and its secularists. Young Mendy (Rehany) is having trouble concentrating in the yeshiva; his mind is constantly on sex and other forbidden fruits..."

Good Restaurants Make Good Neighbors
Food Story  November 20, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...But in 1982, the owners confided in her that an illness in the family would make it necessary for them to put the property on the market. Covey immediately recognized the location's great potential, so she discussed the prime property with three young entrepreneurs who were renting her downtown restaurant kitchen for their catering operation..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Watch and prepare for your Oscar pool
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Bulgarian-born Canadian animator Theodore Ushev uses near-monochrome woodcut to tell the story of “Blind Vaysha,” a young girl who can see only the past in her left eye and only the future in her right. Based on a short story by Georgi Gospodinov, this is the headiest of the nominees this year, posing questions about the self, selflessness, and the struggle to exist in the moment..."

The Real Country
In and out of Austin with honky-tonk road crew Mike & the Moonpies
Music Story  August 9, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...They're filming a documentary about the scrawny, string-haired songwriter and his band, Mike & the Moonpies, the finest young crew in Austin honky-tonk. It's mid-July, the last night of the group's Thursday residency at the White Horse, a weekly destination that lasted for more than 72 weeks...."

17 Again
Tween idol Zac Efron graduates into a nonsinging and nondancing world in this body-switch movie, and the result should keep ’em coming back for more.
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Film Review  April 17, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight, Melora Hardin, Hunter Parrish and Brian Doyle-Murray. “If that boy were an apple, he’d be a Delicious,” croons one young female admirer of the 17-again character played by Efron in his first if not adult then at least PG-13 role..."

Scanlines
The Young Ones in "Demolition," "Bomb," & "Sick"
Screens Story  January 3, 1997
"...The Young Ones (clockwise from top): Neil, Vyvyan, Mike and Rik Eighties nostalgia aside, these veterans of MTV programming (and cousins in scatology to the subsequent Beavis and Butt-head) are still side-splitting to watch. This group containing three episodes (two from The Young Ones' inaugural season in 1982) finds our heroes Rick (the people's poet), Neil (the hippy), Vyvyan (the anarchist), and Mike (the tiny debonair womanizer) facing the demolition of their co-op, dealing with a nuclear bomb that has miraculously appeared in front of the fridge, and the misfortunes of the mid-term flu..."

The Graduate
By December of 1967 when director Mike Nichols' sophomore effort The Graduate opened in theatres, a number of American films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke, and In...
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Film Review  March 28, 1997, by Alison Macor
"...As the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther and others were noting in the early and mid-1960s, Hollywood had reached a stagnant period and most of the interesting films were being imported from abroad. But with 20-year-old Benjamin Braddock's (Hoffman) plaintive whine about his future (“I want it to be different”) came a film about the loss of innocence, the narcotizing effects of the Establishment, and hotel sex that spoke to a younger generation of movie viewers who knew that Mr..."

Austin Author Ed Ward Revisits Rock’s First Guitar Hero, Michael Bloomfield
“When you heard Mike Bloomfield play, you got the sense this was the real shit."
Music Story  September 15, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...He's as befuddled as the seasoned session musicians about manifesting the sound in his head. Until a disheveled, frizzy-haired young man walks in from the rain, Fender Telecaster arched atop his shoulder as if it's a rifle...."

Chain Gangs
Torchy's Tacos and Verts Kebap: two case studies in culinary expansion
Food Story  March 28, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...So, what is it about Austin that makes it a good proving ground for homegrown restaurant chains? Do we take proprietary pride in eateries that come to life in our own backyard? Or is it just that our culinary creative class turns out special ideas and we appreciate a job well done and support it with our dining-out dollars? Austin's rapidly evolving culinary scene is busy generating successful chain restaurants in the same market that embraces quirky food trucks, artisan barbecue joints, and high-profile fine dining. We talked with the owners of two of the fastest growing chains – one a classically trained chef with a passion for food, the others, two savvy young businessmen with a salable idea – to get an idea of what it takes to get a successful Austin chain off the ground. Truckin': The Torchy's Model..."

Roll Bounce
Hot-wiring a penchant for sports film truisms to some seriously spot-on Seventies nostalgia, this Bow Wow vehicle is an easygoing portrayal of teenage camaraderie and its attendant difficulties.
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Film Review  September 23, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Despite a marketing campaign that appears bound and determined to make its subject look as grindingly dull as possible, Roll Bounce triumphs on almost all counts, hot-wiring a penchant for sports film clichés to some seriously spot-on Seventies nostalgia that looks and feels true not only in its attention to period detail but also in its all-important portrayal of teenage camaraderie and its attendant angst. Young (but not L’il) Bow Wow plays Southside Chicago rollerskating champ X (short for Xavier), who, along with his trusty band of low-rent buddies, spends the summer of ’78 mourning the recent death of his mother and the closing of his local skate palace by taking his A-game uptown and sticking it to the man..."

Smiling Fish and Goat On Fire
Did you like The Brothers McMullen, Ed Burns' romantic comedy from 1995 about three brothers living under the same roof and sharing each other's tribulations in love? Smiling Fish and...
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Film Review  November 10, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Like The Brothers McMullen, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire was made on a minuscule budget and made the rounds as a festival darling prior to its release. Young men searching for both their occupational niche in life and their one true love has long been fertile ground for aspiring filmmakers..."

Joe the King
Contrary to Mel Brooks' dictum, it's not always so good to be the king. Whaley's directorial debut may be the feel-bad movie of the year, a take-no-prisoners journey back to...
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Film Review  November 19, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Frank Whaley. Starring: Peter Anthony Tambakis, James Costa, Max Ligosh, Austin Pendleton, John Leguizamo, Ethan Hawke, Karne Young, Val Kilmer and Noah Fleiss..."

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