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"...In today's Chronicle, we profile seven local acts showcasing at South by Southwest next week. As one of four groups taped at The Good Music Club's first showcase in January at the ND, feral/fun twosome Not in the Face surely killed it...."
"...columnist for the Village Voice) have taken their cameras deep into the black heart of professional racism in America. Blood in the Face chronicles the truly bizarre goings-on during a weekend gathering at pastor Bob Miles' farm in Cohoctah, Michigan -- just a Molotov's throw away from Michael Moore's infamous hometown of Flint (the perpetually rotund Moore makes a cameo here, grilling a vivacious young Nazi-ette)..."
"...Well, everybody needs a pasttime, right? But Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray, when they find these works of art, also re-create them. She paints them on his face and body. Yeah, not many people with a pasttime like that, hey? But what's best – besides how basically charming these two globetrotting artists & provocateurs are – is that Spector's painting skills are pretty damned epic, would be impressive even if she weren't using her partner as a goddam living canvas. Caution: MAJOR SKILLS AHEAD. Anyway, listen: Spector and Gray will be talking about what it takes to do That Thing That They Do, in a public and entertaining pitch for support, at Jerry's Artarama on Saturday from noon 'til 2pm. Join us there, won't you?..."
"...Imagine standing before the mirror each day, face to face with yourself, and declaring, "It's not whether I arrive; it's how I lose my way," or "I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way." Imagine calling a therapist because you feel too good about yourself. Unmanageably successful..."
"...Cardinal and predictable. Because what kind of person wouldn’t be moved by children from opposite sides of a war struggling to overcome towering inhumanity and age-old bigotry in the name of friendship? And what kind of filmmaker wouldn’t therefore be tempted to squeeze that emotional vulnerability for all it is worth? The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is safe filmmaking all the way, hinting at enough incomprehensible brutality to get hearts aching but unwilling to force audiences to actually stare that brutality in the face, lest sympathy give way to horror..."
"...Hoggett being strip-searched by the Drug Enforcement Agency. If the first film was a gentle parable for children and adults alike, then Babe: Pig in the City -- its brash city cousin -- is a surrealistic, occasionally grim tale of valor in the face of terrifically bad odds..."
"...Simon’s homage to George Harrison in the encore with “Here Comes the Sun” was heartfelt but misguided in the face of 20 other of his own songs that would’ve pleased the full house better, but opening the second half of the show with “Sounds of Silence” solo acoustic and then the band coming on for “Kodachrome” had already left everyone a little light-headed...."
"...His portraits of artists, scientists, composers, businessmen – even a notable war criminal – studded Life, Holiday, Look, and other mid-century magazines. His Picasso – hand pressed to face, one eye in shadow – is iconic..."
"...[Laughs] But he's workin' 'em over. And what distracts him is a cicada shell hits him in the face..."
"...I think some of the distance came because, I didn’t know anything about her Dallas experiences, or her unpleasant experiences coming face-to-face with LBJ or Jimmy Carter, or being so close to the Kennedy assassination. When I found all that, and found myself writing, I had 200 pages and I hadn’t even gotten her out of Dallas yet..."
"...As Wilco’s lovably hangdog air traffic controller steadily scales Dylanesque heights of musical worship, the mantle continues to bow his shoulders even when cloaked in a green pinstriped sports jacket. Fortunately, he’s been saved by rock & roll, literally – by his own sung admission – so once he launched into opener “Sunken Treasure,” his clenched face loosened and finally broke into a sheepish grin just prior to “Handshake Drugs,” which tore the first of two sold-out shows a new blowhole..."
"..."Real situations involving real people" is what ultimately pulls Woolf to events like the Donegal contest. It just so happens that the real people Woolf stumbled upon in Shamrock are men like Richard Smith, the town's normally smooth-faced "chief fuzzer." Smith has entered the contest -- and won -- every 10 years since 1958..."
"...There's also ample comedy on display, including a memorable episode with a two-way mirror and an unforgettable moment when co-star Mui, pushed to the breaking point after her supermarket has been demolished for the umpteenth time, throws a hysterical temper tantrum amidst the rubble. Still, Rumble in the Bronx has its share of problems, and they are hardly subtle: a paper-thin, why-bother story line; the smiley-face squalor of the Canadian locations which guilelessly try to stand in for the Bronx; and, last but most certainly not least, the sometimes unbearable, always absurd English dubbing..."
"...A gently parodic tone prevails throughout what is ultimately a pretty sweet take on bloodsuckers, even as Deacon and Nick flap their way through a “bat fight” (exactly what it sounds like) and the vamps face off against a pack of similarly esteem-challenged werewolves led by Conchords manager Rhys Darby...."
"...Nolte is no second best, however. His craggy voice and ramshackle bearing creates a good contrast with Redford’s craggy face and fit demeanor..."
"...It was easy peasy and lighthearted and made me feel all spontaneous and freedom rock. I don't know if it's the "nylon formula" or the superlong brush or the smiley-face color of the package or, most likely, some minuscule generational alignment, but I'm going to go ahead and credit this one to the mascara..."
"...The story, which liberally borrows from Peter Hyams' 1997 The Relic as well as Aliens, Tremors, and even William Castle's chestnut (and John Waters' fave) The Tingler, is as senseless as the direction, but the real fun begins even before then, with one of the longest – perhaps the longest – opening expository crawls ever endured. Over the course of the verbiage, we're informed that an ancient Native American race known as the Abkani long ago discovered a portal to another, more evil world, before promptly vanishing off the face of the earth..."
"...The conceit here is that Selma is rapidly going blind from a degenerative ocular condition. It's too late for her, but she's frantically hoarding money to buy an operation for her young son Gene, who, although he is yet unaware of it, will face the same black fate later in life..."
"...Never fear, Austin: The Duplicates will be back. A new show, Expo 2054, about holding a final world's fair in the face of imminent apocalypse, is in the works..."
"...East Side King enjoyed a brisk opening today; I drove by around 1:00 in hopes of enjoying a late lunch and saw dozens of people on the deck, waiting for their food. I, for one, can’t wait to stick my face into a bowl of bacon ramen (when no one is looking) while steeped in good old Austin nostalgia...."
"...In another "authoritative" biography of Bierce published in 1929, the author -- Walter Neale -- argued that Bierce left Laredo, crawled off into a cave (perhaps in the Grand Canyon) and killed himself in order to hoax the world. On the surface, the theory sounds less insane than it seems..."
"...That's the beauty of acting in movies. Film visually freezes the actor in the role and thus the enduring appeal of the screen image: Think of Spacek in Carrie when the pig's blood hits, wowing 'em on the Opry stage as Loretta Lynn, or the reflection of Rose's stricken face in a window in The Straight Story..."
"...Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels, who is also currently onscreen in Madeline) is a product of the Age of Enlightenment, a logical chap who seems a bit peeved by his assignment to escort an artist/scholar (Piccoli) whom Bonaparte has sent to paint and record the land's monuments and antiquities. The two become lost in a sandstorm, and face doom once the artist uses the last of their water to mix his paints..."
"...“It’s a really special moment,” Casar said. Although he is aware that the ordinance may face pushback from the Legislature, which typically is resistant to municipalities enacting policies with which it disagrees, Casar said that no matter what happens, “I know we’re on the right side of this.”..."
"...In last week’s KU game, reserve quarterback Case McCoy engineered two fourth quarter drives for the 21-17 win with 12 seconds left. But even after such heroics in the face of what would’ve been a long flight home on Laughing Stock Airways (“plenty of room for the tail between your legs”), MCCoy’s name on the depth chart remains Justin Case...."
"..."And you were the kindest of them all." The implications – Sada was formerly a prostitute, but a kind one – are unnerving, but not as unnerving as what happens next. In the end, it all goes haywire in a way that's both honest to the story and a slap in the face to traditionally conformist Japanese sensibilities...."
"...electricity? Where was that again, Tbilisi? My friends and associates were very polite, but I know they felt a bit sorry for me that I had so much committed to such an unlikely venture. I knew that I had something worthwhile, spectacular even, but it was difficult to communicate that until the film was actually executed, and hard to maintain faith in the face of all the politeness...."
"...PF: She could just carry so much power, so much emotion, without tremendous movement in the face. The most subtle things create the power in her performance..."
"...The toll system seems laughably byzantine, especially considering the primitive horror we all now face. It's all so technological..."
"...The city converted the floor into a "hospital within a hospital" after the Catholic Church ordered Seton to stop providing reproductive health care services to indigent women at Brack. The religious edict may have been a slap in the face to many Austin women, but it was manna from heaven for UTMB, which jumped at the opportunity to begin carving a capital city niche...."
"...Reitman found himself working on a different narrative grammar than his early, wordier work like Up in the Air, one in which digital communication is constant, but face-to-face conversations are rare. When he started location-scouting in Austin, he quickly realized how much the digital world had changed physical interactions: “There were new schools that didn’t have lockers..."
"...Their performance impacts our performance, but they keep letting us get sacked by poverty, broken homes, student mobility, hunger and healthcare. And they just say oops as that line backer buries his face mask in our chest..."
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"...When displeased, Bogart would call Holden Smiling Jim and Wilder a Nazi. Wilder, the world's heavyweight champion of verbal cruelty, and not a man to back down from a confrontation, allegedly responded to one of these tirades by shouting, "I look at you, Bogey, and beneath the surface of an apparent shit, I see the face of a real shit." Lesson being: Don't mess with the master ....."
"...But I’m sitting there at my desk, valiantly hacking away at several deadlines and not at all checking Facebook every 15 minutes, and my alliterative co-worker Carly Callahan walks over. And Carly’s like, “Brenner, have you done that virtual reality thing yet? Out in the van? Because I just did and, wow, you really should check it out.”..."
"...Seeing as we're facing a gantlet of upcoming forums, Wednesday night's Austin Neighborhoods Council City Council candidate forum may already be old news. But as perhaps the most well-attended and intense vetting of the candidates to date, it was a seriously substantive discussion – if not a window into the concerns of the voting homeownerati this election. Place 4 hopeful Cid Galindo was first unto the breach, given (like all his fellow speakers) two minutes for an intro, then 13 minutes to face a barrage of detailed ANC questions, with a hard time limit of a minute on each answer enforced..."
"...When the lights come up, we're face to face with a good ol' boy whose grin seems to stretch from here to Marfa. He's decked out in what must be his Sunday dress best a dirt-brown leisure suit with the collar of a colorful Western shirt carefully flattened over its, wide, angular lapels and his hair has that slicked-back sheen reserved for the Saturday night dance and the 11 o'clock service at the Baptist church..."
"...The church at New Sarov, for example, has no pews, as most of the congregation stands during the mass, which runs about two hours; shoes are removed before entering the church. Parishioners face east to remind them of the risen Christ and the second coming..."
"...The two move and speak smoothly, both making a great show of expressing outward calm, but the underlying tension between them charges the air. Then, at the moment of supreme suspense, Moriarty makes a face and Holmes just about cracks up laughing...."
"..."I see no refuge for the weary I see no handouts for the poor I see no sense of satisfaction On all the ones who just endure All the slings and arrows slandered Against the face of the poor man's dream Where the rich circle in like vultures Picking all their pockets clean"..."
"...While Macklemore and Eminem have acknowledged “white privilege” as direct contributors to their success, Iggy’s act has moved squarely into new age minstrelsy, blackface for millennials. Co-opting of black music isn’t a new phenomenon by any means..."
"...Raylan’s day starts with an off-the-book skiptracing favor for an attractive bail bondswoman. On its face, the favor sounded pretty simple, but as fans of the show are all too well aware, when it comes to Raylan interacting with the criminal element, things are never simple..."
"...Cougar Town: Courteney Cox Arquette tries out her recently plasticized face and pouts her newly plumped lips while chasing young guys and bemoaning the other older women who pout their newly plumped lips and chase after new receivers, uh, men. Despite some valiant acting from Busy Phillips, I couldn’t make it all the way through the first episode, just like Colt McCoy won’t make it through much of the second half before the youngsters come in and take over against Colorado...."
"...Watching Gray perform, it's hard to imagine that she doesn't understand "what's truly going on." She appears so at home onstage, her movements so casual and yet so right; they have the effortlessness of a master about them. And as her feet move, her face radiates such joy, joy bordering on ecstasy..."
"...Yesterday morning, after waking up next to my partner and dog, I checked Facebook. It’s a bad habit..."
"...As far as I can tell, there are only two groups of people who are willing to argue with a straight face that Texas' Voter ID law isn't specifically designed to harass and intimidate voters: the politicians who enacted the law, and the judges who upheld its constitutionality...."
"..."This is an effort to subvert one organization; that's the intended consequence. But the assured consequence is collateral damage to so many good organizations that truly save women's lives." Watson said he'll fight to prevent the plan from passing in the face of some colleagues who "turn the other way" when intentionally damaging women's health care..."