"...Gloria Gaynor is coming to South by Southwest, but she won’t be performing “I Will Survive.” Instead, the New Jersey-based disco diva will be discussing changes in the Copyright Act at a Music panel. I couldn’t help throwing in a few questions about her glory days...."
"...Few – if any – analog synth acts existed before Survive...."
"...After an hour stuck in the vehicular Hades of the 183/71 interchange on the way to psych-adoring Levitation, my patience for incipient peace and love was short and steaming. Thank god for glacial, cerebral, menacing Survive..."
"...David France's Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague (2012) reprises the terror and panic-filled decade of 1987 to 1996, a time when some "mysterious cancer," a terrible wasting disease, first began spreading through the NYC gay community, felling the otherwise healthy – and the medical establishment had absolutely nothing in its toolbox to combat it. Moreover, no one – and that included the drug companies – seemed all that terribly concerned about it..."
"...Slowdive was immediately preceded by Survive, Austin’s answer to Tangerine Dream. Having seen its audience grow exponentially even before it hit the big time with the score to Stranger Things, the local quartet felt confident enough to fill an hour with ARP Odyssey melodies, programmed beats, whooshing electronics, but no Stranger Things theme..."
"...Half of local foursome Survive fresh off soundtracking the phenomenon that's become Stranger Things, the electro-wave group's sophomore full-length commences more melodious than the hit sci-fi series' score. After 20 seconds of what sounds like an asteroid plunging toward Earth, earworm opener "A.H.B." thumps a rhythmic pulse that grounds the quartet's layers of analog synthesizer..."
"...“The sport is on the decline, and I’ve got to try to help it survive,” Jones Jr. explains..."
"...“The Hidden Costs of Free” [Screens, Aug. 14] states that coffeehouses are actual, real-world businesses but laments wi-fi overhead and table clogging, as though businesses don’t survive/thrive by adapting to and anticipating reality..."
"...I hope the store owners are and have also been made aware of this reality and their legal rights, as well. And, while I know Austin is moving in a new direction, isn't it also necessary to keep a few remnants of the past in order to protect both the present and the future? Just a thought. As for me, I lived in Austin in its heyday in the mid-Nineties, my husband in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and while we visit each spring, it is always a new experience with missing favorites of yesterday and a new skyline. I only hope that Austin can survive its own growth in future time, especially with all the glass in all the buildings being built on a fault line..."
"...Rumors of the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown's impending demise can finally be put to rest. The movie house that Karrie and Tim League built will indeed survive, but reworked as a nonprofit entity..."
"...Prisoners of the human condition. Can a constitutional republic survive it?..."
"...I'm not talking about the noble savage; they're neither. What they are is a way of life that has survived far longer than ours, and will, so long as we don't completely wipe them out..."
"...And as is the case with many Austin transplants in L.A., most of my friends are from Austin, and most of them smoke. How could all of these smoke-friendly Texans survive in a land that doesn't allow you to light up indoors when throwing back drinks with friends or dancing the night away to your fave band? I'm sorry to break hearts, but everyone – smokers and nonsmokers alike – has adapted just fine..."
"...Slumdog Millionaire, which seems to pick up a new raft of critics' awards just about every day (it snagged the Out of Competition Feature Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival), is a mad, thrilling, and perversely luminous film. It may be drenched in the saffron and violet palettes of its Mumbai setting, but it plays like a classic Hollywood rags-to-riches love story, albeit one with Bollywood roots and a fully globalized desire to survive, succeed, live, and love within the teeming megalopolis formerly known as Bombay..."
"...The latter comes courtesy of Tommy Lee Jones, who plays L.T. Bonham, a crotchety, grizzled tracker who formerly taught Army Special Ops soldiers how to survive and make other people not survive..."
"...Nature, nurture, or just plain evil? That's the question at the heart of this savage and sorrowful portrait of a mother attempting to survive after her teenage son goes on a premeditated killing spree at his high school. Lay aside everything you thought you knew about random, inexplicable tragedies of this sort; director Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton have reconfigured everymom's nightmare, and the result is one of the most heartbreaking films of the year...."
"...She constantly has to make choices, and some of them are kinda repulsive. It’s interesting that “I only do what I have to do to survive” is a phrase used by Lino the drug lord, yet it keeps being applied to Gloria..."
"...One (Daredevil's Woll) is a former soldier looking for peace; another (Miller) is a local burnout just looking for a way to clear his head. As the full group discovers that this particular escape room is more dangerous than it looks, they must work together to survive, even if it means sharing their own personal traumas...."
"...Set in the aftermath of World War II, this seductive adaptation of Susan Waters’ well-received 2009 novel of the same name chronicles the stranger things afoot at a decaying Georgian mansion owned by a British aristocratic family in decline, the country estate’s shabby appearance symbolic of a social system being slowly dismantled by an emerging middle class. When the rather colorless Doctor Faraday (Gleeson) makes a house call to Hundreds Hall to attend to a sickly servant, he finds the Ayres family – the lineage of a once affluent landed gentry – reduced to selling parcels of its property to survive financially, similar to a fading Southern dynasty struggling to endure a postwar world in a Faulkner novel..."
"...Or, rather, Tully (Davis), a night nanny recommended by Marlo's annoyingly perfect brother Craig (Duplass). A seeming miracle worker who can survive on a diet of yogurt and leftovers, who can calm every crying infant, and sneaks in and out of the house at night without leaving even a crumb or misplaced hair..."
"...Prize-winning writer/director Zhao lyrically frames the characters within the shots, making them seem part of the landscape. Everything and everyone are natural parts of the images, whether it’s guys horsing around at a campfire, a father stressed by his conflicting desires to have his son survive but also “cowboy up,” a hobbled horse that has to be shot dead, or a family member on the autism spectrum who is not “explained” or treated as either a peripheral or central family member..."
"...Named for a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, the city in which director and former Austinite Kyle Henry now resides, Rogers Park is an intimate portrayal of two couples grappling with the reality that their relationships may not have been built to survive. Much of the film’s action is propelled by this simmering-under-the-surface drama and the arguments it inevitably provokes..."
"...While Marina’s resolve to properly mourn Orlando and view his body one last time informs the principal narrative, on a more artful level the film is a story of emancipation, as a resilient Marina comes to appreciate her capability to survive without someone to take care of her. (A brief scene with her music instructor suggests she has a pattern of seeking out father figures.) In the film’s coda, when she takes the stage to beautifully perform an aria (Vega is a classically trained opera singer), you see a hint of contentment in her face for the first time, an understated joy emanating from within..."
"...By the end, what it means to be human becomes a rhetorical question, and a stupid one at best. The depressingly relevant inquiry? Whether this insipidly contrived movie could survive a brain transplant...."
"...The Final Girls toys with this 10-little-Indians formula by magically looping a quintet of present-day young adults into a fictional 1986 slasher film titled Camp Bloodbath, which (surprise!) features a quintet of horny Reagan-era camp counselors terrorized by a bloodthirsty maniac. Trapped in the Friday the 13th-ish film for its duration, the new kids use their knowledge of the genre’s conventions to change the course of the narrative and survive by the time the credits roll, much to the bewilderment of the old kids stuck with the script..."
"...You don’t pity these girls, though you may wish for something better for them. While the storyline darkens and sags a little as the long day journeys into night, a shady sense of humor born of an instinct to survive informs nearly every frame of the film..."
"...Is it cynical or simply cunning of marketers to plaster Reese Witherspoon’s pretty mug all over the promotional materials? In actuality, she doesn’t show up onscreen until 40 minutes in, and she’s only ever a supporting player. But if it gets bodies in seats, what’s a little bait and switch? General audiences are far more likely to line up Friday night for a Reese Witherspoon picture (from the executive producers of The Blind Side, no less) than they are a heartfelt drama about a group of Sudanese orphans struggling to survive...."
"...Diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in her early teens, Hazel has gained years with the aid of an experimental drug; still, there’s never any question that she’s a terminal case. She worries about her parents (Dern and Trammell), who will inevitably survive her, and she wears the burden of that worry as heavily as the oxygen tank she must lug with her everywhere..."
"...You can rest assured if you’ve been worrying that Jim Jarmusch – the arthouse auteur and one of the reigning royals of independent cinema – has bowed to the demands of Hollywood trendiness with this vampire picture that’s been making the festival rounds since its debut in Cannes last May. Despite being a film that features vampires as the central protagonists, Only Lovers Left Alive is less about matters of blood and its acquisition than what it takes for love and romance to survive over centuries...."
"...(Clearly, director Russell isn’t interested in comparisons to Martin Scorsese.) Much of the drama internalizes, particularly in the dynamic between the two principal characters, the street-smart Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and the faux British poseur Sydney Prosser (Adams). At heart, this is a love story between two inherently dishonest people who need to trust each other to survive..."
"...Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare and Pihla Viitala. In this retooling of the original Brothers Grimm tale, the candy-loving kid sibs survive a witch attack to become professional assassins..."
"...Today’s About AIDS talks Angry Birds, How to Survive a Plague and vaginal rings...."
"...Unique to Prior's film, at least in the canon of the modern horror comedy, is the concept of the “revenant." Neither zombie nor vampire, bullet-riddled Bart needs blood, not brains, to survive as one of the walking dead, and immediately passes out once the sun rises. It's a weird combo that hasn't been tried before, and since King's character Mathilda is a Wiccan, she's able to provide some context for the mysterious transformation...."
"...And that’s about it. Literature and kindness save one more soul and survive to pay the favor forward one more day...."
"...Much of what he does is accomplished with a glance, a stroke, a subtle shifting of his weight on his mount. That said, it's still a remarkable portrait of a survivor helping others – other species, actually – to survive on their own terms...."
"...Smith, puts it bluntly right off the bat when he tells new gulag arrival Janusz (Sturgess) that "kindness will get you killed here," and, indeed, small mercies are in woefully short supply as this sextet of the damned makes a mad dash out of the gulag and into the teeth of a howling blizzard (the better to hide their tracks), and from thereon into all manner of natural and man-made perils. Essentially a tale of the indomitable human will to survive, The Way Back is more notable for its mind-bending visual depiction of this insane trek (the film was shot on location in Pakistan, Morocco, and Bulgaria) than anything it has to say about either Stalin's brutality or the human spirit (surprise! it's uncrushable!)..."
"...J is the cub thrown into the den of his Melbourne, Australia, relatives, who form a pathological clan of armed robbers and drug dealers. This brutal film is the story of the criminal Cody clan’s undoing and young J’s instinct to survive..."
"...Cooper plays Harry Allen, whose love for his wife, Pat (Clarkson), is a testament to murky ethics and self-satisfied delusion. After starting an affair with a beautiful young widow named Katy (played by the miraculously doe-eyed McAdams), Harry becomes convinced that his wife won’t survive without him, so he decides it would be more decent to murder her than subject her to the indignity and loneliness of divorce..."
"...It's like they decided they would give up on Johnston," Oliva said. "How can our students continue to learn when you have too many substitutes in the classroom? How can you expect the school to survive when you have so many principals? Now the school board's coming down and blaming the parents, blaming the students? Why let this go on at Johnston for four years before really doing something about it?"..."
"...The waves of executions (mass graves are turning up to this day on a nightmarishly regular basis) that turned neighbor against neighbor and tore the viscera (literal and otherwise) from the former Yugoslavia included not just the by-now-routine shell-shocking of the civilian populace but also the less-obvious psychic damage brought on by years of torture, rape, and worse. Sarajevo remains in ruins, but widowed single mother Esma (Karanovic) has managed to not only survive the death of hope but to invest her own sense of "getting on with it" in her tweenage tomboy daughter, Sara (the revelatory Mijovic)..."
"...The premise is great: What if the residents of California awoke one day to discover all the Mexicans in the state had mysteriously vanished overnight? How would the remaining citizens fend for themselves without the assistance of the vast labor force – both legal and illegal? The filmmakers’ great idea, however, is undone by an unimaginative screenplay, weak acting, and inept technique. Originally a short film, A Day Without a Mexican didn’t survive the transition to feature length without the feeling of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink thrown in..."