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Prom: It's Gone to the Dogs
From adoptees to royalty, these senior dogs impressed at puppy prom
DAILY Chronolog  June 13, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...Rupert, a pug you’ll recognize from our February pet issue, joined Trey as royalty when he won a spot on the competitive dog court. Who knew so many months ago that the Chronicle’s Netflix pug pick would trade in his couch sitting for a crown?..."

ATX TV Fest Quick Picks
Not sure what to do at ATX? We've got you covered.
Screens Story  June 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...GLOW, 1:30pm, Alamo RitzFirst look at Netflix's next must-watch, based on the true story of female-only grappling promotion the Glorious Ladies of Wrestling: starring Alison Brie (Community) as Ruth Wilder, Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) as Debbie Eagan, writer/creator Liz Flahive, and casting director Jennifer Euston...."

The Luv Doc: Gracious Acceptance
The Luv Doc postulates on why 69 was invented
Columns  June 1, 2017, by The Luv Doc


The Q&A Hole: What’s Your Favorite Place in Austin?
Because you know that "cabin fever" is definitely a thing
DAILY Chronolog  May 29, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Sure, everybody likes to repair to their lair for some mind-soothing downtime, to maybe hunker in the bunker and binge on whatever bright & shiny spectacle Netflix or Hulu is lately offering their collection of viewers. But, eventually, even a card-carrying member of Introverts & Agoraphobes Local 151 will seek a little taste of refreshing elsewhere...."

Five Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
Because what good is sitting? Alone? In your room?
DAILY Arts  May 26, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Well, of course there’s Netflix and/or Hulu or whatever, yes. That’s what good sitting alone – or with however many others – in your room can be. But sometimes it’s even better – much better – to leave that goddamn room, to head out into the bigger room with the blue ceiling, into the city where you live, and be part of all that’s going on...."

DVDanger: Beyond the Gates
Throwback horror resurrects the VHS board-game phenomenon
DAILY Screens  May 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Beyond the Gates (Scream! Factory/IFC Midnight) is available on Blu-ray and Netflix now...."

The Luv Doc: The Hot, Fiery Furnace of American Stupidity
You should never trust the kind of woman who would go on a date with you
Columns  May 11, 2017, by The Luv Doc


My Obsession: Cozi TV
Channel showcases the best and worst of syndicated TV
Screens Column  March 23, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...But that's what TV does; it mines nostalgia, morphs it, and makes it something else (cf. that one Netflix show people like)..."

The Luv Doc: The Next Eva Braun
It’s probably not smart to tie the knot with someone who regularly bends your moral compass
Columns  March 23, 2017, by The Luv Doc


SXSW Music Live: Showtime Presents Nick Waterhouse, Grandmaster Flash
Waterhouse sets the stage, Flash torches it
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...Pionnering DJ and Netflix’s The Get Down associate producer Grandmaster Flash wrested whatever reservations remained, escorting the rapt crowd upward into the mothership of his Seventies-themed mix of heavily sampled hits. Little was left uncovered, from the tech thump of Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express” to the disco flavors of Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and stone cold grooves of James Brown’s “Give It Up or Turn It Loose.”..."

SXSW Panel: Face Your Fears
First look at Annabelle 2 and It
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...8) has been tepid to say the least. However, the teaser showed off Bill Skarsgård (of Netflix's Hemlock Grove) in full creeping-crawling-vibrating action, and that alone did a lot to placate any fears that he will not be terrifying enough...."

Garth Brooks to Keynote SXSW
DMC, Warren G, and T.I. also added as conference speakers
DAILY Music  March 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...She gained critical attention for her award-winning performance in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. Lynskey’s next movie, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore opposite Elijah Wood and directed by Macon Blair, will air on Netflix...."

Exploring the Auteurs of Early Black Cinema
AFS screens rare and influential selections from the Pioneers of African-American Cinema
Screens Story  February 16, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...On the next two Sundays, the Austin Film Society will screen pivotal selections from Pioneers of African-American Cinema, a war chest of seminal "race" films by early black filmmakers, recently released on Netflix. Released in July 2016 by Kino Lorber, the comprehensive box set contains hours of rare shorts and feature-length films, stretching from the 1910s through the 1940s...."

Playback: The 2016/17 Austin Music Awards Reveal
Music Column  February 16, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Everyone thought it a good suggestion. After all, no Austin act had a bigger 2016 than the local synth quartet that soundtracked Netflix's smash hit and released an LP on Relapse..."

DVDanger: Let's Get Weird
Getting stranger with Kino Lorber, plus slime mold!
DAILY Screens  February 14, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Little Sister (Kino Lorber) is available on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and Netflix now...."

DSA Queer Coalition Organizes and Mobilizes
Democratic Socialists subgroup has the LGBTQ community's back
DAILY Qmmunity  February 7, 2017, by Sloane Smith
"...Netflix’s Stranger Things might have put “The Upside Down” on the map, but the country’s current political climate makes it all too applicable to today’s reality. Many people feel uncertain about their future, the safety of their families, and are concerned about the potential loss of opportunity...."

Macon Blair Wins Sundance 2017
Grand Jury prize-winner tops the list of locals done good – and bad – at Park City
Screens Story  February 2, 2017, by Michael Agresta
"...Readers accustomed to waiting months for buzzy Sundance films to reach a broader audience will be happy to learn that I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore debuts online later this month as a Netflix Original. Watch it and chill starting Friday, Feb..."

SXSW Announces New Batch of Featured Speakers
Game of Thrones showrunners join tech, health innovators, and more
DAILY Screens  January 11, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Wagner Moura and Alice Braga with John Hopewell (Entertainment Influencers): Golden Globe nominated actor Wagner Moura (Narcos, Netflix) and actress Alice Braga (Queen of the South, USA Network), two Brazilian artists, discuss diversity in Hollywood alongside Variety reporter John Hopewell, as both star in cutting-edge, primetime drama series in the United States with Latin American protagonists...."

Top 10 Festival Films You Haven't Seen Yet
Last year's unseen genre gems to add to your must-see list
DAILY Screens  January 1, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...2) High-Rise: Ben Wheatley's masterful adaptation of JG Ballard's novel got a theatrical release in March, and is on Netflix and Blu-ray now (read our Fantastic Fest 2015 review here)..."

Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
The Chronicle music staff picks their favorite local records
Music Story  December 29, 2016, by Greg Beets, Jim Caligiuri, Kevin Curtin, Thomas Fawcett, Doug Freeman, Alejandra Ramirez, Kahron Spearman and Libby Webster
"...1) Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, Stranger Things Vols. 1 & 2 (Lakeshore/Netflix)..."

Food Gift Guide: Self Care Edition
Local treats to get you through the rest of 2016
DAILY Food  December 22, 2016, by Sierra Diaz
"...Cuvée Coffee You work hard; you play hard. So naturally you deserve a coffee that will take you both through marathon Netflix sessions and those last miserable office days of the year..."

Playback: Biggest Austin Music Stories of 2016
Looking back on the biggest Music news headlines of the year
Music Column  December 22, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...No Austin band had a bigger year than Survive. The analog synth quartet, a cult favorite since 2008, was catapulted into living rooms worldwide via Netflix's retro sci-fi smash Stranger Things, scored by members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein..."

Moontower 6: First Comics Announced
Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, and Ralphie May lead list of 50 acts
DAILY Arts  December 9, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...That said, every year the Moontower bookers also spring some surprises on us, such as Wong, currently enjoying some career heat for her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra (taped when she was more than 7 months pregnant) and for her recurring role on the ABC sitcom American Housewife. With May, the surprise is really that it took this long for him to make his Moontower debut; the comic taped his 2008 special Austin-tatious at the Paramount..."

Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin
Dates just announced for Rock, Silverman, Crystal
DAILY Arts  December 6, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...The tour kicks off on Valentine's Day in Durham, N.C., and covers 25 more cities through June 3. Material from the tour will be filmed for one of two Netflix specials that the comic signed to do this fall...."

Playback: Black Friday? End of an Ear!
End of an Ear's new digs thrive just in time for Black Friday
Music Column  November 23, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...1 held the top spot on Billboard's Vinyl Chart for the second straight week. The two-LP set features 36 tracks of eerie synth explorations from the Netflix hit by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of Austin analog tribe Survive...."

“Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings From Vietnam”
In our tumultuous moment, seeing work by artists from nations that have known tragedy our own has not can be enlightening
Arts Review  November 23, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...I've been watching Bob Ross on Netflix lately. His "happy tree" scenes put me at ease, but not the way Hong Viet Dung's River at Dawn does..."

Trevante Rhodes on His Role in Moonlight
UT alum discusses the acclaimed coming-of-age drama
Screens Story  November 3, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...We've had the pleasure of seeing first-rate, critical triumphs, set in POC points of view, including Donald Glover's universally acclaimed Atlanta, and Netflix hits – Marvel's Luke Cage, The Get Down, Narcos, and Aziz Ansari's Master of None. HBO's Issa Rae vehicle Insecure is making waves..."

White House Announces South by South Lawn Lineup
Event features Leonardo DiCaprio, Lumineers, Stranger Things cast
DAILY SXSW  September 26, 2016, by Tucker Whatley
"...The White House yesterday announced the lineup of the upcoming South by South Lawn event, featuring such names as Leonardo DiCaprio, musical group the Lumineers, and the cast of Netflix’s Stranger Things...."

Survive Record Review
RR7349 (Relapse)
Music Story  September 22, 2016, by Neph Basedow
"..."Low Fog" echoes Stranger Things' paranormal tone – ambient and expressive in its patient crawl – while "Copter" upshifts mood to pensive with a buoyant-but-brooding New Wave motif straight out of a moody John Hughes flick. Like Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon's Netflix score, the entirely instrumental nine-track disc vibes New Order's eerier eras (see "Elegia")..."

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Music Review  September 15, 2016, by Neph Basedow
"...As viewers summer-binged Netflix's Eighties-riffed series Stranger Things, the sci-fi thriller's soundtrack grew as prominent as its Goonies 2.0 cast. Episodes hooked fans beginning with the season 1 theme, iconic Stephen King typeface flooding the screen to ominous synthesizer forewarnings..."

Q&A: Gloria Steinem
Activist icon is the 2016 Liz Carpenter Series Lecturer on Wednesday
DAILY Arts  September 12, 2016, by Jessi Cape
"...AC: It's on Netflix now. But back to books..."

Capital City Black Film Festival Grows by Leaps and Bounds
Four-day event showcases African-American experiences in cinema
Screens Story  August 25, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...Another notable name is actor/producer Miguel Núñez Jr., of Juwanna Mann. In his transition to film producer – acquiring a distribution deal with Lionsgate Films along the way – Núñez will touch on the finer points of distribution in this rapidly evolving age of production, that now includes Netflix pushing TV and film forward..."

The Institution Theater's Fuck, It's Hot
The Austin-oriented sketch show has its rough spots, but it delivers lots of laughs as a cooling balm in the dog days
Arts Review  August 18, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Thanks to Netflix, I've been catching up on Saturday Night Live. I haven't been an avid fan since the Wayne's World years (I know, I know), but with SNL's 2010 offerings currently streaming, I'm feeling much more current in the pop culture-sphere..."

I Like to Watch: UnREAL and the Forms of Consumption
Season 2 of the Lifetime series proves nothing's perfect
Screens Column  August 4, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...It's a completely different form of consumption. It's why auteurs and wannabes prefer the all-at-once stream of Netflix and Amazon originals over the weekly Hulu model; it's also why lovers of television as a medium, and critics worth their salt, tend to stay away from it...."

Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban
A decade after the initial smoking ban, local health group hopes to stomp out smoking patios
Music Column  July 21, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Stranger Things, Netflix's most binge-worthy new drama, features soundtrack work from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin's Survive (revisit "Retro-Futurists Reshape Austin Music," July 1), including the John Carpenter-esque title sequence. The experimental synth squad has a new album, RR7349, due out Sept..."

Vulcan Video Hammers Southward
Video rental institution finds new home on Ben White
DAILY Screens  July 13, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been a tumultuous few years for video rental stores in Austin, and it's nothing to do with Netflix. First Vulcan moved from its old UT location at 29th and Gudalupe, up to North Loop..."

I Like to Watch
The destructive glory of Orange Is the New Black
DAILY Screens  June 21, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...What sets season 4 of Orange (which debuted last week on Netflix) apart is how the narrative center has finally calibrated itself correctly. Season 3 was an untidy mess, as storylines seemed to clamor against each other and then fall apart, but in hindsight perhaps that was merely leading us here..."

Books on Film
Nick Offerman would make a great Teddy Roosevelt
Screens Story  June 16, 2016
"...Bob Byington's latest film is 7 Chinese Brothers, which is currently streaming on Netflix...."

ATX Panel and Event Picks
Not sure what to do at ATX? Start here.
Screens Story  June 9, 2016, by Beejoli Shah
"...The West Wing Administration Saturday, June 11, 11:30am, Paramount How do you top the Netflix-induced nostalgia of last year's Gilmore Girls reunion? Put the Bartlet administration on the task. In an alternate reality where federal employees care about meaningful social change, Aaron Sorkin's fast-moving and even faster-talking drama, The West Wing, inarguably changed the face of politically minded television..."

Playback: Austin's Music Tech Movement
Can techies solve the problems facing Austin music?
Music Column  June 9, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...They like simple apps with a clean interface where you can find exactly what you're interested in and get that information. If they're not able to get that, they'll stay home and watch Netflix."..."

I Like to Watch
Maria Bamford's "life" on display in Netflix's Lady Dynamite
DAILY Screens  May 20, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...Maria Bamford’s Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite, which debuted today, starts slow. A premise-setting premiere that tries to explain its structure is well-timed, although that structure is complex enough that you find yourself learning its rhythms as you go, and the two episodes that follow are the weakest of the set...."

Moontower Review: Maria Bamford
This Moontower favorite set the Paramount abuzz
DAILY Arts  April 22, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...For her Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival headlining gig, Bamford was workshopping a loopy new hour in anticipation of her upcoming Netflix show, Lady Dynamite, and the 500-strong audience at the Paramount Theatre was game for anything, including the “weird shit.”..."

Dear Glutton
Where to mend a broken heart
Food Column  April 14, 2016, by Emily Beyda
"...And also, good for you. Because there's nothing better than a terrible, horrible, no-good winter for putting you in touch with your essential self, even if, for a few months, that essential self is a pale flabby blob of sadness who wants nothing more than to lie around in bed watching Netflix 'til her eyes bleed..."

Paxton Faces SEC Charges
Federal civil suit filed over tech firm investment scam
DAILY News  April 11, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The suit alleges that Paxton procured investors for Servergy, a McKinney-based IT infrastructure firm which the SEC says made massively inflated claims about their line of low-energy servers, and falsely listed major firms like Amazon, Disney, Netflix, Koerr, and Freescale as being pre-order customers. In the SEC filing, Paxton is listed as a defendant, along with Servergy Inc..."

SXSW Music News: Thursday/Friday
Ready for the weekend? Tonight’s top picks
DAILY SXSW  March 18, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Music festivals typically last three days. That must be the human body’s threshold for a constant barrage of bands, beer, and buffoonery before we require a day of rest: asses planted firmly on couch, eyes glued to Netflix, hands stuffing face...."

God Hates Me
Suffering through Austin's hangover cures
Food Story  March 17, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Soon, I was able to do simple tasks like straighten piles of papers and talk to co-workers without wanting to go on a murderous rage. Three hours later, the headache was gone, but watching Netflix inexplicably seemed too difficult...."

SXSW Film Review: Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Doc on longtime life coach surprisingly straight forward
DAILY Screens  March 15, 2016, by Joe O'Connell
"...Robbins comes across as both driven and caring, but the skeptics will still find much to question, and that's part of the film's strength. In the end, it's the seminar participants' stories that make this a compelling film that should raise healthy discussions when it airs on Netflix in July...."

SXSW Film Panel: Joe Swanberg Keynote
The indie film king of fast, cheap, and frequent has advice
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...Multiple times, Swanberg carefully pointed out the serendipitous tech windows and vogues into which he’d stumbled. A film a year for a market that no longer exists, four seasons of an Internet show when those existed, finding streaming just ahead of Netflix, and so on..."

SXSW Film Review: Fantastic Lies
ESPN documentary revisits Duke lacrosse case
DAILY Screens  March 14, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...stripper arrived in an emergency room saying she'd been gang raped at a Duke lacrosse party gone horribly wrong. Following the trail of male tears and an (almost unfathomable) witch hunt by Durham residents, reporters, and politicians, Fantastic Lies is told with the same kind of intensity as breakout Netflix hit Making a Murderer...."

SXSW Film Panel: Nelson George Keynote
Influential multihyphenate talks hip-hop and The Get Down
DAILY Screens  March 13, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...His latest project, the upcoming Netflix scripted series The Get Down, ventures into the origins of hip-hop, through a similar version of himself – a young man surviving the lawlessness of Queens during the late Seventies. Created by Baz Luhrmann(!), there will be multiple musical productions, intertwining disco’s heyday with the germination of hip-hop...."

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