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The Luv Doc: Backseat Driver
The most exquisite intellectual torture imaginable
Columns  March 1, 2018, by The Luv Doc


What’cha Watchin’?
Screengrabs from the Chronicle staff
Screens Column  February 22, 2018
"...The Ritual (Netflix) I am 100% there for any horror movie that sends a group of overly confident adventurers into an eerie environment where evil is sure to lurk. The latest from David Bruckner, the director behind the "Amateur Night" segment of found footage anthology V/H/S, fits that bill precisely..."

Moontower Comedy 2018: Podcast Fever!
With new series, fest dials the number of podcasts up to 10
DAILY Arts  February 21, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...In other Moontower news, the festival lounge, which has traditionally been next door to the Paramount Theatre in the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, is jumping south across Seventh Street into the new Aloft Hotel, where it will be sponsored by Netflix..."

DVDanger: Victor Crowley
Adam Green and Kane Hodder head back to the swamp
DAILY Screens  February 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...But rather than blast news of a new Hatchet film all over the press, he went completely underground. All the current palaver about how Netflix released The Cloverfield Paradox with no real advance word, it's easy to forget that this is the second film Green has made without anyone really knowing what he was doing..."

The Luv Doc: Rejection
An effusively positive affirmation of your undeniable awesomeness
Columns  February 1, 2018, by The Luv Doc


The Luv Doc: A Hard “No”
It's not uncommon to have awkward, shitty dates
Columns  January 25, 2018, by The Luv Doc


Now Streaming in Austin
Two local movies look at life as a struggling artist
Screens Column  January 18, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Roosevelt, break three times during its world premiere. That didn't stop her story of delayed adulthood taking the festival's Narrative Spotlight audience award, and there's no worries about melting celluloid or jammed projectors now that it's smoothly streaming on Netflix...."

Korea’s Blue-Collar Heroes
AFS highlights the films of Bong Joon-ho
Screens Story  January 4, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Alongside Park Chan-wook, Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho has become the most recognizable name in Korean cinema for American audiences – so much so that Netflix not only financed his latest, Okja, but has given it the big awards season push. But where Park (The Handmaiden, the Vengeance trilogy) always fostered a twist of the high gothic in his work, Bong's characters are blue-collar underdogs: store workers, secretaries, fast-food vendors...."

I Don't Feel at Home Wins Best Austin Film
Macon Blair's debut lauded by Austin Film Critics Association
DAILY Screens  December 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...This honor wraps up a remarkable year for the Netflix movie, which won the grand jury prize at Sundance in January and has appeared on several end-of-year top 10 lists (including that of Chronicle critic Josh Kupecki). Additionally, there will be a special screening on Jan..."

“World of Tomorrow Episode Two" Warps to VOD
Don Hertzfeldt's beloved animation on Vimeo now
DAILY Screens  December 29, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...After a blisteringly successful festival run, the home town favorite has finally arrived on Vimeo for $4.99 for a one-week rental. If you haven't caught the first part yet, that's streaming on Netflix...."

Top 10 LGBTQ Victories of 2017
“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers”
DAILY Qmmunity  December 28, 2017, by Beth Sullivan
"..."My fellow queers, ask not what your community can baba-do for you, ask what you can baba-do for your community.” What started as a Netflix oops snowballed into one of the most irreverent queer icons of our time. In a year where monsters are real and living in the White House and marching in the streets of Charlottesville, it's perfectly queer to adopt a make-believe monster as one of our own...."

Rosalind Faires’ Top Reads of 2017
Uncovering literary gems in areas such as historical fantasy, suburbia melancholia, female-centric speculative fiction, and more
Arts Story  December 28, 2017, by Rosalind Faires
"...Maybe I'm supposed to feel a wave of Black Mirror anxiety when Netflix analyzes my watching habits and starts suggesting other Gritty British TV Crime Dramas Featuring a Strong Female Lead, but I'm a firm believer in embracing your particular interests. Hence this year's list of literary favorites, organized by the subcategories my wistful, anxious, old people and bread-loving heart longs for. GENRE: Suburbia Melancholia..."

Your Austin New Year’s Eve Guide
These are the many ways to say goodbye to 2017
DAILY Chron Events  December 27, 2017, by Chronicle staff
"...Sure, you could stay home and binge-watch Netflix and drink Champagne on the couch, but where’s the fun in that? Actually, don’t answer that, because we are here to send you out into the night to put this year to bed...."

Holiday Viewing: The Nightmare Before Christmas
A holiday hybrid for outcasts
DAILY Screens  December 21, 2017, by Marisa Mirabal
"...The Nightmare Before Christmas is currently streaming on Netflix, and available on Blu-ray and DVD...."

The End of the Free and Open Internet?
Austin's creative class worries what the FCC net neutrality ruling means for life online
Screens Story  December 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...which represents major online companies including Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter called repeal "a blow to creativity, innovation, and free speech," while Netflix tweeted that "without #NetNeutrality, we would never have been able to grow into the business we have today..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Get in the spirit of the season with these holiday movie recommendations
Screens Column  December 21, 2017
"...GremlinsNetflix Zach Galligan grins sweetly at his hapless father, memorably played by Hoyt Axton (author of "Joy to the World"), whose early Christmas present to his son is a mogwai from Chinatown he calls Gizmo. Voiced by Howie Mandel in baby-speak, the distant cousin to Star Trek's cuddly tribbles soon spawns far nastier clones, who then morph into nightmarish creatures all too gleeful to induce homicidal mischief..."

Holiday Viewing: Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick’s lovely holiday tale of marriage and orgies
DAILY Screens  December 19, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Eyes Wide Shut is currently streaming on Netflix...."

Holiday Viewing: Bad Santa
Foul-mouthed fun for the holidays
DAILY Screens  December 15, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...No doubt about it: Bad Santa is blasphemous. But, to borrow a phrase from another famous hedonist, Homer Simpson, it’s also sacrilicious. Bad Santa is currently streaming on Netflix and Hulu...."

Five Recent Graphic Novels to End This Crazy Year Right
We mean, if there’s any way to end it that’s other than wrong
DAILY Arts  December 14, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Sure, go ahead, binge it up with your Netflix and your Hulu and so on. We’ll do that, too, every now and then..."

Holiday Viewing: TV Christmas Episodes
Celebrate the season in Sunnydale, the Oval Office, and more
DAILY Screens  December 14, 2017, by Kimberley Jones, Sarah Marloff and Richard Whittaker
"...14, 2004) The West Wing: “Noël” (Original Airdate: Dec. 13, 2000) Streaming on Netflix [image-3-left]..."

Brenham’s Brazos Valley Brewing Is a Destination, Not a Pit Stop
"It's what's on the inside that counts"
Food Story  December 14, 2017, by Eric Puga
"...On how thrilled each one of those beautifully branded boxes of enamel-stripping breakfast cereals or tubes of beetroot chocolate wasabi snack chips make me feel. On their potential to become a multi-colored contract of imminent leisure and merriment enforceable by the International Laws of the Netflix Binge Night...."

Holiday Viewing: White Christmas
The one we can't seem to quit
DAILY Screens  December 13, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...24-25 at AFS Cinema. It’s also available to stream on Netflix and available on DVD and Blu-ray...."

Holiday Viewing: Gremlins
Classic black comedy has the blues
DAILY Screens  December 8, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"... Gremlins also screens on Saturday, Dec. 23, noon, at the Westgate and Gateway theatres as part of the Regal Holiday Classics series for a discounted $5 ticket price. Prefer the couch? Gremlins is streaming on Netflix now...."

Moontower Comedy 2018: More Comics Named
On, Ryan! On, Preacher! On, Colin! On, Ali! On 39 more jokers!
DAILY Arts  December 5, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...• Ryan Hamilton, the self-depracating comic whose stand-up special Happy Face dropped on Netflix back in August; • Preacher Lawson, the engaging finalist on America's Got Talent 2017; • Ali Siddiq, the Houston comic who honed his stand-up chops while he was in prison; • Kevin Barnett, NYC-based and stand-up and one of the stars of the truTV sketch comedy show Friends of the People; and • comedians Sam Jay and Julio Torres, both of whom have appeared on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and are also writing for SNL...."

Austin Heads to Sundance
Zellners' latest and Blaze Foley film booked for Utah fest
DAILY Screens  December 1, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...On the documentary front, Hal will get cineastes buzzing with its analysis of Harold and Maude director Hal Ashby's balance between artistic fearlessness and commercial suicide. Meanwhile, Netflix's Seeing Allred is being rebuilt down to the wire, to include more of feminist pioneer Gloria Allred's responses to the never-ending revelations of celebrity sexual assault and harassment, and will join the streaming service straight after its Sundance debut..."

Democracy in Rest and Motion
Indie Meme brings acclaimed export Newton to AFS Cinema
Screens Story  November 30, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...The actual story of Newton, an overtly political film, is its solid international run. Streaming has equalized and flattened out the terrain for foreign films to enter new markets, as showcased with Netflix's deep investment in global markets...."

Gay Place
We are thankful – for you
Columns  November 21, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Netflix and Chill: Wonder Woman Hang with the boys and catch Gal Gadot kick some serious World War I a$$ in the summer blockbuster. All are welcome; drinks and snacks are on the Q..."

Seen / Soon, Nov. 24
Arts Column  November 21, 2017
"...Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher couldn't get enough of doing stand-up together all over the country, so the Comedy Central power duo (her: Another Period, him: Problematic With Moshe Kasher) followed their 2016 Honeymoon Tour with this summer's Endless Honeymoon Tour. Name notwithstanding, that tour ended in August, but now, they're bringing that mix of her set/his set/their relationship advice to the audience to Austin to film it for Netflix..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Laughter is a restorative: Graphic Designer Zeke Barbaro on his favorite stupid shit to watch
Screens Column  November 16, 2017
"...One-Punch Man (Netflix) Based on a webcomic of the same name, this Japanese superhero cartoon is all about ennui, and it's hilarious. Slack-faced, bald-headed Saitama – "just a guy who's a hero for fun," as he puts it – has finally become the (titular) superhero he always dreamed of being, so powerful he can destroy any opponent with a single swing..."

DVDanger: The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Missing found-footage finally escapes, plus Bautista in Bushwick
DAILY Screens  November 14, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...This lo-fi horror (currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and streaming on Netflix), does not break much new ground. While the Nightmare comparison is only superficial, this is undoubtedly in the post-Ring/Ju-On mold of cursed victims unpacking what menaces them..."

Your Weekend in Film
Time of our lives
DAILY Screens  November 3, 2017, by The Screens Staff
"...Two streaming golds invade the cinemas. Elevate your Netflix game by seeing Okja, Bong Joon-ho’s more biting spin on Free Willy, and Gerald’s Game, which Mike Flanagan fantastically adapted, on the big screen..."

Austin Film Festival Review: Mansfield 66/67
Did sexess spoil Jayne Mansfield, or was it … Satan?
DAILY Screens  October 31, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...If the B-movie bombshell (and proto-feminist) had arrived in our own overly image and hearsay-saturated world, she’d have her own show on Fox. Or Netflix..."

Moontower Comedy 2018:
First Headliners Announced

"Weird Al," Birbiglia, and Haddish inked for joke jamboree
DAILY Arts  October 13, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Mike "Sleepwalk with Me" Birbiglia is making a return visit to Moontower. In 2014, he was here performing his show Thank God for Jokes, which was just turned into a Netflix comedy special back in February this year..."

The Luv Doc: Attaboy!
Adequate is an adjective that has never inspired anyone in any way ever
Columns  October 12, 2017, by The Luv Doc


My Obsession: The Dick Van Dyke Show
Was the Sixties sitcom a harbinger of horror?
Screens Column  October 12, 2017, by Joe Gibson
"...It's creepy, with some surprisingly effective horror gags, until – spoiler alert – the ending reveals that everything's OK after all. I don't know how this was received after it aired – TV recap culture had yet to be inflicted on the world – but I do know as I watched the whole series on Netflix recently, that episode didn't seem like an outlier so much as a culmination of something very strange that I began to notice from the first episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show: This cheerful series about the "World's Friendliest Man" is full of references to horror, mystery, and the macabre...."

What’cha Watchin’?
Fourteen seasons in, Food Editor Jessi Cape is still ride-or-die for Grey's Anatomy
Screens Column  October 5, 2017
"...The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) Every time I ask my colleagues what I should watch, the response is either The Wire (I know, I know) or this show. Given my new role here at the Chronicle, and a predisposition for an anxiety-ridden hummingbird brain, I chose the gentle lull of British accents swirling around desserts and baked goods..."

Future Imperfect: Our Favorite Dystopian Films
VOTE: Deadly roller derby, sad clones, and a Road Warrior duke it out
DAILY Screens  September 28, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...More personally, and poignantly, the “glitching” third-gen clone Emily is greeting her death the same way regular, aging and deteriorating human bodies do: losing memory, lamenting mortality, and wanting so much to relive the fleeting, seemingly inconsequential moments that stick with us to the bitter(sweet) end. (Currently streaming on Netflix..."

Fantastic Fest Review: Wheelman
Frank Grillo drives through the night
DAILY Screens  September 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...As the first film from Grillo's WarParty shingle, co-founded with Joe Carnahan (director of The Grey and Smokin' Aces), this explicitly and immaculately sets out their agenda of action flicks with brains. The fact it's been acquired already by Netflix means that it has a chance at a big home audience..."

Report From the Toronto International Film Festival
Pass the popcorn (and the awards)
Screens Story  September 21, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Strategy, therefore, is essential in making one's choices and there is a constant need to make tie-breaking decisions. I opted to skip such soon-to-open titles as Darren Aronofsky's Mother! and Alexander Payne's Downsizing, yet still found myself drawn to such other fall openings as Dee Rees' Mudbound (a Netflix saga about intertwined racial relations in midcentury America that's sure to have a theatrical release for awards consideration because it's that good), Sean Baker's The Florida Project (another so-simple yet deceptively complex character study from the director of the iPhone-made Tangerine), and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (darkly funny and genuinely moving)..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Staff writer Richard Whittaker revisits favorite Fantastic Fest films now streaming
Screens Column  September 21, 2017
"...Force Majeure (Netflix) Ruben Östlund is earning Oscar buzz for his art-scene spoof The Square, but his hybrid near-disaster movie/family drama/social satire is still one to debate. Is it an indictment of toxic masculinity, or a call for traditional family values?..."

Austin Arts Give Harvey Relief
Comedy and classical music benefits raise $280K for Houston
DAILY Arts  September 14, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...When stand-up sensation Jim Norton brings his Kneeling Room Only tour there on Sat., Sept 30, all proceeds from the show will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief. If you need a taste of Norton's special brand of stand-up to encourage your attendance, then check out his special Mouthful of Shame, currently streaming on Netflix...."

What’cha Watchin’?
Web Editor James Renovich loves the sweet abominations of Polygon's Monster Factory
Screens Column  September 7, 2017
"...Decades of playing video games have ruined me for noninteractive entertainment. My Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO GO accounts sit largely unused, opting instead for more agency in the narrative on my screens..."

Tobe Hooper, R.I.P.
Remembering The Texas Chain Saw Massacre director
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...His career often felt like it had a stop-start tempo - an idea re-enforced by the constant and continuing debates over the division of labor between himself and producer Steven Spielberg on 1982's Poltergeist. His final film, 2013's Djinn, was so ill-served by the studio that Hooper himself was reported to be unaware that it had been dumped on Netflix...."

BoDeans
Music Review  August 17, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Last-standing BoDean Kurt Neumann is in a reflective mood, both toward his longtime Dripping Springs residence and Wisconsin upbringing. Neumann retains moments of roots-rock freshness on the driving "I Get Low" and dreamy "Here Somehow," but Thirteen still sounds dated, particularly on the misplaced pop swirl of "Evrybdy Wants." Penned for Ashton Kutcher's odd Netflix sitcom The Ranch, "My Hometown" lands as awkwardly as the show...."

What’cha Watchin’?
Advertising Director Cassidy Frazier lets The Son, Deadwood, and Peaky Blinders speak for themselves
Screens Column  August 17, 2017
"..."Change ain't lookin' for friends. Change calls the tune we dance to." Peaky Blinders (Netflix)..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Listings Editor Mark Fagan on three standout rock docs
Screens Column  August 10, 2017
"...Presenting Princess Shaw (Netflix) Unknown singer Samantha Montgomery (aka Princess Shaw) had been posting original, a cappella songs to YouTube to little response. But they caught the attention of Israeli musician/producer Kutiman who, unbeknownst to her, used one of her tracks as the basis of his music video project Thru You, which incorporates found YouTube clips into an astonishing final product..."

Buoyed Up by A Life in Waves
A life in electronic music captured this weekend at AFS
DAILY Screens  July 22, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2009, they experimented with electronic music of a different flavor in the animatronic oddity The Rock-afire Explosion, about the famous mechanical band of Showbiz Pizza Place. In 2012, the duo examined women fighting for a place in a traditionally male-dominated art form in pro-wrestling doc GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (which inspired the recent Netflix dramedy smash GLOW)..."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...Colleagues like Cortlund, Halperin, Egerton, and Don Swaynos have emerged as fellow genre experimentalists. Says Egerton, who also co-wrote the 2016 slasher The Axe Murders of Villisca (now on Netflix), "for a lot of indie filmmakers that I know, making horror is a blast ....."

Grappling with GLOW
Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin on the Netflix wrestling drama
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Richard Whittaker


Andy Serkis For RTX
Planet of the Apes star to deliver keynote
DAILY Screens  June 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's the latest addition to an already packed schedule, which includes not only a full weekend of Rooster Teeth-related programming, but also an animation festival, the special screening of Netflix's new video game adaptation Castlevania, and a special performance at Stubbs by electropoppers Phantogram...."

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