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Moontower Comedy 2019: Final Headliners
Nick Offerman, Hari Kandabolu lead third wave of comics
DAILY Arts  February 15, 2019, by Robert Faires
"...His 2019 return visit comes as part of his Trump Dump: American Tantrum book tour. Kondabolu, whose last Netflix special was 2018's Warn Your Relatives, is back for his third Moontower..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Editorial intern Savannah J. Salazar joins the Resistance
Screens Column  February 14, 2019, by Savannah J Salazar
"...The season five premiere even paid homage to their web series roots, shooting the whole episode as a social media story. Leave it to Broad City to actually make me enjoy watching someone's Instagram story. Russian Doll (Netflix)..."

SXSW Music Reveals Surpass Halfway Mark
ATX shines on list No. 7 alongside Karol Conká, Crumb & Pedro the Lion
DAILY Music  February 7, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Local intrigue continues in a solid four-pack of Austin rap, with activist/artist SaulPaul and well-known MC Tank Washington leading the fray. Ladi Earth’s ethereal delivery landed on Natasha Lyonne's brand new Netflix show Russian Doll, as well as list mention Shirt Off Fe’s November release...."

Behind the Wheel With Netflix Documentary The Gentleman Driver
The weird world of millionaires in endurance racing
Screens Column  February 7, 2019, by Richard Whittaker

Lifestyle Brand Collective Blue Supports Diverse Creators in Austin
Missfits Festival embodies their mission of putting community first
Arts Story  February 7, 2019, by Shavone Otero
"...Turns out, they're not alone and some of their greatest productions have come out of spontaneous brainstorming with fellow connectors, like The Seer Presents, an event and promotional company that features local artists and organizations. Adulting Sucks, the first event from Collective Blue's Ego Never series, was Nineties-inspired and included activities like Adulting Sucks Bingo with squares for "Still on your x-boyfriend's brother's Netflix?" and "Should I go to grad school?" B-I-N-G-O..."

Behind the Wheel With Documentary The Gentleman Driver
The world of millionaire endurance racers in The Gentleman Driver
DAILY Screens  February 6, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Gentleman Driver is available now on Netflix. More Now Streaming in Austin columns..."

Soderbergh’s Netflix Basketball Film High Flying Bird Shoots, Mostly Scores
But just because you can shoot on a phone doesn’t mean you should
DAILY Screens  February 5, 2019, by Kimberley Jones
"...The film (which premieres Feb. 8 on Netflix) opens in Week 25 of a lockout that’s left first-draft pick Erick Johnson (Melvin Gregg) in a tight spot..."

SXSW Music Adds 80 Acts
Steve Earle and Easy Life highlight sixth list
DAILY Music  January 31, 2019, by Kevin Curtin
"...Also added in this sixth lineup drop, is Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, whose long solo career recently sprouted the soundtrack for popular Netflix dark teen comedy The End of the F***ing World. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in country, signs on as well, alongside rock & roll revelators Banditos, Americana songster and recent Blaze (Foley) star Ben Dickey, Nashville bar rockers Thelma & the Sleaze, dancehall OG General Smiley, and Too Free, which features Merchandise singer Carson Cox...."

Luv Doc: Supermodel Shape
Pretty much everybody has six-pack abs
Columns  January 24, 2019, by The Luv Doc

Second Wave of Acts Added to Moontower Comedy Festival 2019
Latest list of headliners shows Moontower up Schitt's Creek
DAILY Arts  January 18, 2019, by Robert Faires
"...The 2019 festival – produced, as always, by the Paramount Theatre with sponsor Cap City Comedy Club – also announced host of new performers to join the two-dozen-plus revealed back in November: Nate Bargatze of Netflix's The Standups, Ron Bennington of SiriusXM satellite radio, Ronny Chieng of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Joel Kim Booster, Joe DeRosa, Sean Donnelly, Vanessa Gonzalez, Langston Kerman, Andy Kindler, the Lucas Brothers, the McCuewans (Avery Moore and Mike Wiebe), Kevin McDonald, Eddie Pepitone, Amanda Seales, DeAnne Smith, Jeremiah Watkins, and K. Trevor Wilson...."

Austin-Made Queer Film's Final Fundraising Push
After a decade, God Made Man filmmakers say 2019 is the year
DAILY Qmmunity  January 16, 2019, by Sarah Marloff
"...“Three forsaken souls violently collide while drifting through urban purgatory.” If this sounds like the start of an enthralling film you can’t wait to Netflix and Chill to, well you’re in luck. Nate Locklear, the executive producer and director of the Austin-filmed indie flick God Made Man, says 2019 is the year this movie premieres...."

"Post-Apocalyptic Harvest" at Atelier 1205
Artists Erika Huddleston, Tammy West, and Amy Scofield salvage beauty from a sundered world
Arts Review  January 10, 2019, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...In a small gallery within an architecture firm's headquarters in the urban heart of Austin, it's as if the apocalypse has already taken place. You know which apocalypse, of course: You've got Netflix or Hulu or whatever; hell, you've seen TV, you've been to the movies a few times in your life...."

The Devil and William Friedkin
The director's journey from The Exorcist to a real exorcism
DAILY Screens  January 5, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"..."I've come to the realization that no one knows anything about the eternal truths. People can go to a church or a synagogue of wherever, and hear all these homilies and statements of profound belief, but whether or not you believe it is inherent in your own belief system." The Devil and Father Amorth is available now on YouTube Movies, GooglePlay, and Netflix...."

Faster Than Sound: A Tale of Two Red River Fests
Free Week and This Is Austin, Not That Great share Red River
Music Column  January 3, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Ladi Earth, rap pseudonym of Austin-based Michaela Taylor, impulsively posted her first song, "Water," on SoundCloud a year ago. The track will appear on Natasha Lyonne's new Netflix show Russian Doll..."

Ring in the New Year With a Binge Watch
12 streaming shows to get you to midnight and beyond
DAILY Screens  December 27, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Or: For TV anthropology without the gross aftertaste, see Japan’s Real World spin, Terrace House (Netflix). [image-2] The Human Experiment (“Fake”): The Good Place (Netflix, NBC)..."

The Austin Chronicle Top 10 Films of 2018
Our favorite films from our least favorite year
Screens Story  December 27, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Even five years ago, it would have been a dream to think that there would be more than one major studio film about the African-American experience, but this year we had BlacKkKlansman, Blindspotting, Sorry to Bother You, If Beale Street Could Talk – and it felt like the start of something, not just a moment. This came in the same year as Crazy Rich Asians filling multiplexes and Roma – a Spanish-language story told from the viewpoint of a Mexican housemaid – being Netflix's big Oscar push title...."

What’cha Watchin’?
Editorial intern Shalavé Cawley goes over the garden wall
Screens Column  December 20, 2018
"...Featuring charming voice performances (as the anxious Wirt, Elijah Wood has never been better), the show is refreshingly old-timey amidst the rainbow-colored antics of the channel's more well-known entities, and commands your rapt attention just like a good bedtime story. Stream all 10 episodes on Hulu. Neo Yokio (Netflix)..."

Mary Queen of Scots
Period drama has no sense of history
Film Review  December 14, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The underlying fault lies with scriptwriter Beau Willimon, who proved his grasp of modern political dynamics with The Ides of March (still regarded by many campaign operatives as the best election movie ever), then asserted his dominance with Netflix's House of Cards. But in his desperate attempt to turn this slice of history into a Lean In/#MeToo metaphor, the contemporary elements seem out of place..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Proofreader Jasmine Lane gets animated about her favorite shows
Screens Column  December 13, 2018
"...Hilda (Netflix)..."

Holiday Gifts for Fans of the Big and Small Screen
From essential box sets to writers’ wisdom: stocking fillers and the gifts that keep on giving for your watching pleasure
Screens Story  December 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker, Julian DeBerry, Danielle White and James Renovitch
"...So you've got Netflix and Hulu and Shud­der (oh my!) and you want to cut the cable, but what about the local news, and maybe you still want your Austin traffic report? If you're sick of paying for stations you don't want but can't stomach losing Masterpiece Theatre, the new wave of digital antennas brings back the golden age of TV, complete with commercial breaks. All the local stations are required by the FCC to provide free-to-air broadcast channels, so you can still catch Meet the Press if you must: But beyond that, there's a whole realm of archive stations that they rebroadcast, like MeTV (vintage comedies and family entertainment), Grit (all cowboy shows and movies, all the time), and the game show reruns on Buzzr (watch Sixties episodes of What's My Line and realize that Betty White is immortal)..."

Emergency Contact
It's wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin
Arts Story  December 6, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) The Netflix sequel deal is officially signed, so there's no better time to read parts two and three of Han's funny, tender To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. Emergency Contactby Mary H.K..."

One in a Crowd
Local filmmakers make their own Netflix movie
Screens Column  November 29, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Who's raising the funds? Netflix vs. the World..."

Playback: Compose Like a Pro
Graham Reynolds teaches musicians how to score ... film
Music Column  November 29, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Accordingly, two of the most game-changing TV and movie scoring teams of the last 15 years have spawned from Austin's musical underground. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, key pushers in analog synth quartet Survive, rose to international acclaim in 2016 with their soundtrack to the wildly popular Netflix series Stranger Things, which spooked more John Carpenter than John Williams..."

SXSW Looks Queer in 2019
Latest round of speakers include Laura Jane Grace and Lance Bass
DAILY Qmmunity  November 27, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Grace and Bass share a roster with film keynotes Jessica Billhart and Marti Noxon (the executive producer of the Netflix hit The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Shirley Manson of Garbage, Elisabeth Moss, Trevor Noah, and Busy Philipps to name a few. (Oh, and did we mention, Qmmunity editor Sarah Marloff will be speaking on a panel about creating space for queer women with Austin's Lesbutante and the Boss and dapperQ's Anita Dolce Vita? That's happening, too.) This year’s SXSW runs March 8-17, 2019...."

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen brothers head West, but it's a bumpy ride
Film Review  November 16, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Originally conceived and shot as a six-episode series for the Netflix streaming service, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen – is instead reaching theatres as a single anthology film of six episodes that is available simultaneously as a limited theatrical run and through Netflix. Although all the episodes contain elements of the Coens’ signature mix of jokiness and solemnity, the chapters unevenly grab our interest, something that might have been less striking if presented as a series rather than viewed in a single sitting...."

ATX Film News
Bill Hicks, vampires, and slime
Screens Column  November 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Don't put your Halloween vampire-killing costumes away quite yet: On Oct. 31 (natch) Netflix announced that Castlevania, the animated adaptation of the long-running game franchise by Austin's Powerhouse Animation, has been greenlit for a third season only five days after season 2 began streaming..."

Sound Tribe Sector 9
UtopiaFest, Sat. November 3, 11pm
Music Story  November 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...As you cough up $10 monthly for Netflix and/or Spotify, there are some thousand die-hards paying the same rate to hear exclusive material from Sound Tribe Sector 9. In January, the veteran jamtronica fivepiece unveiled a patronage-driven platform on Bandcamp for fans who hang on their every note..."

Joel Hodgson on MST30K
Reflecting on 30 years on the Satellite of Love
DAILY Arts  October 31, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...It was supposed to be just another public access show. But Mystery Science Theater 3000 was different, and it soon rocketed from local TV to national success on cable, film, DVDs, in live shows, and now streaming: A crowdfunded revival on Netflix proved a hit in 2017, so a new season is set to drop on Thanksgiving, 30 years after the first broadcast...."

What’cha Watchin’?
Screens editor Richard Whittaker has your Halloween binge watch ready
Screens Column  October 25, 2018
"...Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)..."

The Wedding Date
For a good time, read Jasmine Guillory's delightful debut romcom
Arts Story  October 25, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...If a thousand thirst tweets about Noah Centineo following the release of Netflix's adaptation of To All The Boys I Loved Before was the firm and final confirmation of the romantic comedy's triumphant return, I think it's fair to say that The Wedding Date was the tinder that helped set those hearts ablaze. Author Jasmine Guillory comes by her genre chops honestly – she co-authored Thrillist's list of the best romantic comedies of all time – and her debut novel has all the charm and swoon of your cinematic faves...."

Jonah Hill Goes Back to the Mid90s
Director's debut is a film he can stand by
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Mid90s follows from two of the best reviewed performances in Hill's career: His leading role in Netflix's Maniac series, and his supporting role in Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, playing Donnie, AA sponsor to paraplegic cartoonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix). "Gus is the best," said Hill..."

Into the Night With Joe Taslim and Timo Tjahjanto
Indonesian action flick The Night Comes For Us pulls no punches
DAILY Screens  October 19, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...In The Night Comes For Us, which debuted at Fantastic Fest and reaches Netflix this weekend, Taslim plays Ito, a member of Triad enforcers the Six Seas. His career of extreme brutality seems set to come to a halt when he abandons his post to defend an orphan (well, to clarify, she's an orphan only because he just butchered her family)..."

Tom Gimbel Takes Austin City Limits Global
Sky’s the limit for the ACL brand
Music Story  October 11, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...Apex of that goal for Gimbel is liberating the ACL archive, which means renegotiating the rights to past episodes that currently only allow for them to be shown four times over three years on PBS and doesn't account for the hundreds of hours of unaired footage. Access to the entire 44-season archive of Austin City Limits in audio and television formats would be a landmark deal for a service like Netflix or Spotify...."

22 July
Horrific Norwegian terrorist attack dissected a little too cleanly to be moving
Film Review  October 5, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A car bomb outside the offices of the prime minister and Ministry of Justice in Oslo blew up and killed eight people while Breivik was on his way to a summer camp run by the Labor Party on nearby Utøya Island, where he murdered another 69 people, most of them teenagers. This film (which opens simultaneously on Netflix and with a limited theatrical run) is not so much about the attacks themselves as it is about their aftermath..."

What'cha Watchin'?
Screengrabs from the Chronicle staff
Screens Column  October 4, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Big Mouth (Netflix) It's kind of a shame that Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg's cartoon about puberty and its endless mortifications has too much "adult content" to make it recommendable for 12-year-olds, the demographic that stands the most to gain from its awful/hilarious/sincerely sweet exploration of the weird shit happening to their bodies. Season 2 drops Friday, Oct..."

Austin Filmmakers’ Waking Nightmares
They're just making a movie. What could possibly go wrong?
Screens Story  October 4, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Macon Blair, whose excellent directorial debut I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is available via Netflix, is perhaps better known – so far – as an actor, having galvanized the big screen in the films Blue Ruin and Green Room. And here he lets us in on a rather big, uh, misstep that occurred during the shooting of that thrilling revenge-drama of a Ruin ......"

Cult Film Hero Don Coscarelli Turns a Page
Phantasm director discusses his new memoir
DAILY Screens  October 2, 2018, by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest Interview: Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on Hold the Dark
Blood and snow in one of Netflix's rare theatrical releases
DAILY Screens  September 28, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hold the Dark is in theaters and on Netflix now. For review and showtimes, see our listings page...."

Hold the Dark
Humanity's animal instincts exposed in the Alaskan wilderness
Film Review  September 28, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale and Julian Black Antelope. As Netflix has expanded its creative roster to include filmmakers like Gareth Evans and Jeremy Saulnier, moviegoers have struggled to make their peace with the platform’s release strategy..."

Science Fair
The future is as bright as these charming science kids
Film Review  September 28, 2018, by Danielle White
"...National Geographic documentary Science Fair will have you know that geekery is alive and well in a new generation. Filmmakers Costantini and Foster previously worked together on the first episode of Netflix's The Naked Truth series, Death by Fentanyl, which followed the opioid crisis in Massachusetts all the way down to the cartels in Mexico..."

Austin Film Festival Snags Widows
High profile and local features fill out the schedule
DAILY Screens  September 25, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...That doesn't even cover the TV component (including new episodes of Netflix's upcoming Friends From College season 2), or the retrospective screenings, including writer Mick Garris on hand for a special screening of Hocus Pocus, or the packed roster of speakers and panels at the four day writers conference within the week long festival...."

Fantastic Fest Review: Hold the Dark
Humanity's animal instincts in Netflix's Alaskan Western
DAILY Screens  September 23, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...This is certainly the perspective shared by Netflix’s Hold the Dark, the latest atmospheric thriller from director Jeremy Saulnier...."

The Future Was in Toronto
Toronto International Film Festival showcased the fall's big films
Screens Story  September 20, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Some of these titles include David Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek; The Sisters Brothers, the English-language debut of Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet); and Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, in which he also stars with Lady Gaga, who was the unanimously crowned pop queen of TIFF, with red-carpet interviews that became viral sensations. I also consciously sidestepped the many films presented by Netflix and other streamers since they, too, would be a button-press away in a matter of weeks..."

Playback – Typecast: David Yow & Brett Bradford
Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard in their new roles, plus a Twin Peaks themed concert
Music Column  September 20, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...For Yow, who leads a reunited Jesus Lizard into ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Saturday (see also "Live Music Listings"), the distinction between music and film is the challenge of being directed. In the climax of I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, which has been a popular Netflix flick since landing on the platform last year, a snake latches onto his face while he stalks Melanie Lynskey though a pond..."

FOMO Factory Does It for the Gram
The new, colorful “immersive selfie space” arrives
Screens Story  September 13, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...The Factory isn't just about experiencing the immersive magic of escaping into your pre-cell phone id: It's about selfies, y'all. After all, the name stands for the internet acronym referencing our collective fear of missing out, that uncanny frisson of regret you feel when, tucked up on your couch binge-watching Netflix and obsessively refreshing your feed, you see your friends posting images of themselves somewhere infinitely more glamorous and picturesque..."

aGLIFF Review: Anchor and Hope
Sperm donor comedy is more charming than that description implies
DAILY Screens  September 10, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...If that premise sounds like it could be its own category on Netflix, Spanish writer/director Carlos Marques-Marcet transcends most of the trappings of cliche, infusing Anchor and Hope (Spanish title: Tierra Firme) with a narrative full of moments of acute observation that linger on just how messy relationships can be...."

10 Recommended Arts Events This Fall
So much creative energy flowing to quench your cultural thirst
DAILY Chron Events  August 31, 2018
"...7. Neal Brennan The man who co-wrote almost all the sketches on Chappelle's Show with Dave himself? Yeah, that's Brennan – whose 3 Mics special for Netflix was a bigtime critical hit, and who is currently an on-air correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah..."

Playback: White Denim Breaks Free
White Denim’s new LP Performance signals a new era of emancipation for Austin’s prog rockers, and Como Las Movies rides a nuevo wave
Music Column  August 23, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Beth // James' song "Lion Eyes" soundtracks the new Spike Lee joint BlacKkKlansman. The Austin duo originally submitted a tune to Lee during an open call for music in his She's Gotta Have It Netflix series, but the famed director saved it for his feature..."

Ben Steinbauer Commits Some Pink Collar Crimes
Winnebago Man director on his new CBS true crime show
DAILY Screens  August 18, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Well, what kind of prime time cable shows do you watch?" "Well, I don't. I watch HBO and Netflix, and I make arty films and documentaries," and they went, "You're exactly the guy that we're looking for." It was almost like the scene out of Office Space: "You have upper management written all over you."..."

What's Fantastic at Fantasia
Highlights from the Canadian genre fest, plus films you may see soon
DAILY Screens  August 14, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Reminiscent of the SXSW award-winning Most Beautiful Island in its sensitive melding of genres, there's good news for Austin audiences: Not only has this been confirmed for Fantastic Fest, but it's also one of the recent high profile acquisitions for Netflix – making that FF screening even more of a hot ticket...."

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