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The Song of Sway Lake
Period family drama is evocative, if sometimes lacking in clarity
Film Review  September 21, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...While not always dramatically successful, The Song of Sway Lake earns big points for originality. The film has a distinctive tone, look, and setting, which are supported by strong performances (one of them by the greatly missed Elizabeth Peña, who died in 2014, making this her final film appearance – somehow appropriate to this movie about how the past can impinge on the present)...."

Sway: The Moo Sway Roasted Pork Shoulder Dinner
Family-style feast is fabulously delicious, yet awkwardly served
DAILY Food  August 8, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...At the relatively new and always packed Sway Modern Thai restaurant on South First, they offer a special family-style feast called Moo Sway. It is only available twice a day, and must be reserved in advance...."

Sway Celebrates Thai New Year With Special Dishes
Songkran dishes augment regular menu
DAILY Food  April 16, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Thailand's Songkran festival takes its name from the Sanskrit word for "astrological passage" and commemorates the coming of the New Year. The kitchen at Sway offers an enticing list of special menu items to enhance the celebration...."

A First Look at Sway in West Lake Hills
The neon lotus sigil expands its empire
Food Column  December 13, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...Six years later and now with a third location, New Waterloo's modern Thai restaurant Sway is well on its way to building an empire, all under its neon lotus flower sigil...."

Kaki Lima Pop-Up at Sway, Sunday Supper at Prelog's
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  January 15, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Sway is hosting their first ever pop-up with chefs Retno Pratiwi and Peter Gelling of Boston’s Kaki Lima. Sway executive chef Martin Wilda will be collaborating on the meal featuring traditional Indonesian street food like Gulai Brussels sprouts, sambal hijau, acar, and more..."

3-D Russian film about the bloody Battle of Stalingrad.
Film Review  February 28, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...This film’s humanistic subplots bring to mind both Saving Private Ryan and the unfairly forgotten 1970 gem Kelly’s Heroes, but to be fair, Bondarchuk’s film is very much its own, unique tale. (Although like Spielberg’s take on the darkest aspects of World War II, Stalingrad is bookended by the narration of one of the latter-day progeny of the stricken, titular city; flashbacks ensue.) Russian patriotism and military pride hold sway in Bondarchuk’s IMAX 3-D apocalypse, but so, too, does a cordite-scented romance, sacred remembrance, and the lessons (un-)learned upon the corpses of millions...."

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren keep things interesting but there's more here about the marriage and partnership of Hitchcock and Alma Reville rather than a good backstage look at the making of Psycho.
Film Review  December 7, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Long after his death, Hitchcock’s contradictions continue to hold us in his sway. Both a consummate showman and a savvy artist, Hitchcock can be all things to all people..."

Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson is back with another delightful movie about beautiful dreamers and full-time schemers.
Film Review  June 8, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...But back to that flood: With it, Anderson and his co-writer Roman Coppola have crafted an elegant and emphatic metaphor for adolescence, that tumultuous province of firsts and lasts. It's the end of the world as they know it and suddenly, too, a new world for the taking – an elating contradiction perfectly in step with this ever-tender film's sway between antic and woebegone...."

The Last Mountain
The case against mountaintop mining in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia in made in this passionate documentary.
Film Review  July 15, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Bite-size facts about mountaintop mining are splashed on the screen, but no substantiating sources are for the information are credited. I don’t so much disagree with the statements as doubt whether this piece of advocacy journalism has the goods to sway any doubters..."

In this smart adaptation of Philip Roth's A Dying Animal, Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz turn the table on the standard May-December romance.
Film Review  August 22, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...She, like many of his conquests, is an admiring student, many years his junior. Consuela is not unlike the others who annually fall sway to his lust, yet there is a quality about her that stirs Kepesh’s dormant desires for love and commitment, an awakening he finds all the more disturbing for having believed such impulses to have been vanquished decades ago, when he chose to leave his wife and son..."

Brideshead Revisited
It's a film, not a miniseries, but this rendition's attention to the steep divides of class and religion in prewar England remains as sharply etched as ever.
Film Review  August 1, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...One might be inclined to call the ever-tippling Sebastian a playboy, but he’s too guileless for that, and too puppyishly besotted with Charles. (As with the novel, the parameters of their friendship are never explicitly laid out, although the film does introduce a drunken kiss.) The film’s first passage, with its bucolic setting and collegial passes by way of naked fountain dips, is fine enough, but Brideshead Revisited becomes a far more interesting picture when it puts the frolicking aside to explore the insidious sway of Sebastian’s homestead of Brideshead, which is as much an idea as it is a house (and more like a mausoleum than a place to call home)..."

Amazing Grace
Unfortunately, what makes British abolitionist William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him dull: his single-minded righteousness.
Film Review  February 23, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...In the midst of all these harrumphing old men, and trying with all the hortatory earnestness of youth to rouse their snoozing indignation, stands abolitionist William Wilberforce (Gruffudd), who must be the most handsome member of Parliament in the history of Great Britain. With his leading-man looks, unshakable conviction, and dulcet voice, young Wilberforce has charms to soothe his rivals, but he’s sorely lacking the political guile necessary to sway their opinions..."

This Cannes Palme d'Or winner presents a maelstrom of grit, crime, poverty, and bureaucratic gridlock.
Film Review  May 5, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...The problem is not that Bruno and Sonia are teenage parents. The problem is that Bruno is an opportunist and an abuser of goodwill, an emotional child who wheedles and schemes and squirms, and Sonia is too much in his sway..."

Von Trotta puts a human face on 1943's Rosenstrasse uprising, one of the few public, and moreover, successful citizen protests against the power of the Nazi regime.
Film Review  December 10, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...One suspects that von Trotta, whose films throughout the decades have paid special attention to women’s issues, views Rosenstrasse as an unheralded example of the power of women working together. Yet, not only does von Trotta fail to capture the sway and drama of the Rosenstrasse resistance in this movie, she also muddies the human fictional drama she creates as our passageway through these events..."

A Home at the End of the World
Michael Cunningham's novel is the basis for this story of a love triangle in which everyone's in love with Bobby (played by Colin Farrell).
Film Review  August 6, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"..."We’re all beautiful, lonely people," he coos. Jonathan, who’s in love with Bobby, looks on in horror, but there’s such a powerful sway about the sweet-natured Bobby that no one can resist him..."

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
An authoritative film study of the career of the Little Tramp by the esteemed journalist Richard Schickel.
Film Review  December 19, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Schickel, Time magazine’s longtime film critic, has crafted what must be the final word on Chaplin’s life and work. Narrated by Sydney Pollack and more than two hours long, it’s both a veritable treasure trove of little-seen footage from both Chaplin’s screen work and his none-too-private life, and it goes a tremendous way toward explaining why the recent re-release of Chaplin’s masterpiece Modern Times (opening in Austin next week at the Dobie) still somehow holds sway over the imagination of audiences like few, if any, modern comedies can..."

Bittersweet Motel
Early on in the documentary Bittersweet Motel, an adoring male fan of the Burlington, Vermont-based rock band Phish offers the film's most insightful take on the group's wild popularity: “If...
Film Review  September 22, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Where did these guys come from? And why are they so popular? Bittersweet Motel gamely tries to answer those two core questions but I'm still as mystified as I was going in. Isn't one Grateful Dead enough? There's little here to sway the anti-Phish crowds, but audiences unfamiliar with the band's work will likely find all this Woodstockana vaguely appealing, especially in the wake of last year's ghastly, abusive Woodstock '99..."

Dragon Chronicles
Two superstar leads and lavish outlays (by Hong Kong standards) on special effects weren't enough to save this weirdly opulent 1994 swordsman/fantasy extravaganza from crashing and burning at Asian box...
Film Review  May 9, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...As with the music of The Presidents of the United States of America, protracted exposure to manic whimsicality can be a serious headache-maker. But as a weekend group outing, when a giddy openness to juvenilia in all forms is holding sway, this might be just your ticket...."

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
The less said about this sixth entry in the Halloween series, the better. I'll cheerfully admit to being an insatiable genre fan, but this is one October ritual I no...

Film Review  October 6, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Loomis, though this time the role is hardly more than an extended cameo (Pleasence died shortly after filming wrapped, and the film is dedicated to his memory). To be fair, the film has a sense of uniformity to it: from the acting, to the lighting, to every other aspect of the production, mediocrity holds sway over all..."

Only the Strong
The hook driving this latest entry in the martial arts film sweepstakes is capoeira, the Brazilian athletic technique that combines dance and martial arts moves. Long ago, the tradition was...
Film Review  September 3, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...With time, their newly acquired skill teaches them discipline, fraternity and selflessness and enables them to rid the school of the drug scourge and, eventually, graduate. But mostly they get to kick and flip and jump and sway....."

The Best Intentions
Working from Ingmar Bergman's highly personal script, director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) gives us a glimpse into the lives of Bergman's parents, from their hesitant first meeting in 1909,...
Film Review  September 25, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...At almost three hours length, The Best Intentions is a lush period piece that manages to keep the audience more or less absorbed despite its lengthy running time. Trapped in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where a rigid class-system holds sway, Henrik finds himself running up against the indomitable will of Anna's mother, a powerful matriarch who feels it would be beneath her daughter's standing to marry this meek little theologian..."

Monster in a Box
By now, we know the drill. One lone man, on a stage, behind a table, with open notebook, spare set and sparse music by Laurie Anderson. The man is Spalding...
Film Review  June 12, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So, the upshot is thus: if you're a fan of Spalding Gray's performance work, you're likely to enjoy this piece despite its structural problems and appreciate the one-on-one engagement between storyteller and audience. If you're inclined to find Gray a tad too precious and self-absorbed, Monster won't do anything to sway you from those beliefs...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
In Central Texas, the "progressive" agenda can trump the GOP "majority."
News Column  November 8, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...This will require swaying local decisions, and the votes of new reps in new seats like John Carter and Dan Gattis, in the non-cities with non-polities that GOP redistricting pretends are real places. (Where, exactly, is the "core" of the new Dist..."

Rene Ortiz's Sway serves up Thai cuisine with a twist
Food Review  February 22, 2013, by Rachel Feit
"...Sway1417 S. First, 326-1999 Sun.-Wed., 11am-10pm; Thu.-Sat., 11am-11pm"

Snakes on a Plate
Reconsidering the reptile
Food Story  July 9, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...My own Texas-bred, debilitating ophidiophobia always meant avoiding them at all costs – that is until I saw a heart-stopping picture on Facebook that gave me pause. Gabe Hernandez, sous chef at Sway, posted a photo of a skinned, coiled rattler on a plate, ready for the grill, with some vibrant accoutrements..."

Five Pan-Asian Restaurants Share Good Food News
Plus weekly soups at Vinaigrette and Christmas drinks at Miracle
DAILY Food  December 7, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...As of yesterday, December 5, Sway’s third location in West Lake Hills is open. Complete with late night hours and a rooftop bar that functions as a private event space and boasts impressive views of downtown Austin, guests can sip cocktails and enjoy savory bites from a condensed food menu..."

They'll Knock Your Sakes Off
Austin restaurants pour passion into their sake programs
Food Story  August 16, 2013, by Margaret Shugart
"...So be engaging and talk to your server and bartender. They will work to nail the pairing in the moment. Sway: Nate Wales..."

Streets of Love
Stalking the Stones across Europe
Music Story  October 20, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The Stones in Cologne. Love You Live, partied in Paris '76-'77, crushing bootleg Brussels Affair 1973, and the Wembley chorus on 1991's Flashpoint all held exotic sway in the gatefold reveries of a Stones native..."

Citywide Talent - Meet the Finalists of Citywide 86'd
Four young cooks compete in the finals tonight
DAILY Food  June 17, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...Chase Gintner of Sway..."

Protocols of Zion
Documentary filmmaker Marc Levin investigates the reasons for the recent renaissance of American anti-Semitism; sadly, the end result is scattershot and never really elucidates or poses solutions to the problem.
Film Review  February 10, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Once upon a time, Henry Ford handed out a copy with every new Ford purchased, and Adolf Hitler paraphrased portions in his own writings. Today it remains a top-seller among white-supremacist and some black-separatist organizations, and can be seen to still hold sway over certain media and political mouthpieces in various parts of the world..."

Dear Glutton: Where to Eat on a Rainy Austin Day
Stay dry and have a good meal
Food Column  September 1, 2016, by Emily Beyda
"...If you're looking to have a substantial rainy day meal, and if it's not coming down too hard, you could sit outside on the patio at Sway and eat spicy Thai salads, raw and vibrant with lime juice. This is best enjoyed on weekend days when you can go for a muddy walk in the park with someone cute, then head over to wash down oysters and wild boar ribs with Tiger beer, the sharpness of the flavors carving out a space in the funk of jungle heat..."

The New Brunch Bunch
12 new reasons why everybody's working for the weekend
Food Story  March 10, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Beverage director JR Mocanu's drinks are equally innovative. Order the Sif's Song, tomato- and caper berry-infused aquavit served with a simple syrup of thyme, sea salt, orange peel, and black pepper. Sway1417 S..."

Blurring the lines of Thai cuisine
Food Story  February 5, 2015, by Melanie Haupt
"...Down the road in San Antonio, chef Quealy Watson at Hot Joy takes a classic red tomato curry redolent of fragrant Thai basil, makrut lime, coconut milk, and fish sauce, and adds tripe for a distinctive South Texas flair. (Offal is not alien to Thai cuisine, but the choice here is both transparent and deliberate.) Sway here in Austin gives a similar Texan goose to an already-hybrid dish, the prawn miange..."

This week's specials are kitchen fires, botanas, and biscuits
Food Column  March 14, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sixth) just in time for SXSW, another new Eastside venue has made its debut: Fair Market (1105 E. Fifth) is a new event facility brought to us by a joint partnership of longtime neighborhood businessman Richard Kooris of Pegalo Properties, Dennis McDaniel of Austin Fairchild Management, Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta of La Condesa and Sway, as well as James Moody and Graham Williams of Transmission Events..."

Emerging Foodscapes
Austin restaurants get serious about design
Arts Story  June 14, 2013, by Rachel Feit
"...Gone are the days of chicken-fried steak and bland Tex-Mex. (OK, so maybe they're not gone, but they've taken a backseat.) Food at places like Uchi, Barley Swine, Foreign & Domestic, and Sway is about experimentation, novelty, and, increasingly, art...."

Citywide 86'd: The Fourth and Final Qualifying Round
Championship scheduled for June 17
DAILY Food  May 24, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...On the other side of the wooden table were contestants: Austin Finley of parkside; Chase Gintner of Sway; Casey Keese of Swift's Attic; and Matt "Gary" Lester of Foreign & Domestic. Each competitor’s work was very impressive, and eliminations were made based on small technicalities..."

86'd Round Three: Success or Failure in 30 Seconds
Audience feels excitement as cooking contest goes down to the wire
DAILY Food  April 26, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...Competing this time were the following: Joaquin Ceballos of Sway, Corey Macks of Parkside, Dan Gamoran of La Condesa, and Coliman Uribe of Swift's Attic. These contestants had completely different experiences from competitors in previous rounds..."

Concierges Make the Call
Seasoned hotel vets share their insider knowledge
Food Story  March 1, 2013, by Gracie Salem and Jessi Cape
"...We're interested in highlighting new chefs," she says. Her list for this year includes Sway, Lenoir, and Hillside Farmacy..."

I'm Swayed
A preview of South First's hottest new restaurant
DAILY Food  December 9, 2012, by Rachel Feit
"...Friday night I had the opportunity to see for myself just how successful upscale Thai can be when I attended the Friends and Family dinner at Sway...."

21 Super Bowl LIII Watch Parties in Austin
Pluckers Wing Bar is taking reservations, y’all
DAILY Food  January 30, 2019, by Emily Beyda
"...Sway is making it easier to be the host or hostess with the most (or mostess) at home with $15 takeout specials like the one dozen chicken wings glazed with chili caramel, fish sauce, ginger, and cilantro, served with sides of buttermilk slaw, celery, and jasmine rice. They’ll also be showing the game on the rooftop bar of Sway Westlake, where the lovely skyline provides a nice distraction if you only ventured outside of the house because it’s Sunday funday...."

Top 10 Constant Cravings: Sips
Life's too short not to indulge
Food Story  December 27, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...10) TIE: ELDORADO CAFE/SWAY Adding watermelon to a cocktail obviously makes it a health drink. If you're sweet, the Eldorado bartender might make you a secret menu Sandinista, but if not, opt for the Tamarindo..."

Death of a Nation
Dinesh D'Souza, at it again, in another propaganda exercise

Film Review  August 3, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Cue D’Souza strolling around historic sites, with fashionable scarves and a look of perpetual questioning, as if he hasn’t already run the numbers and figured out the score. Look, this is a film that either speaks to you or not; it is not something that is going to sway you by telling heart-wrenching stories of Sophie Scholl or “seeing the other side,” by interviewing Richard Spencer, an interview that goes nowhere, that reveals D’Souza for what he is, someone who anticipates the answer as he asks the question..."

Gold n' George's For a Limited Time Only
In this lighthearted show, Natalie George, Heloise Gold, and their collaborators reacted to current events by exploring, inventing, playing
Arts Review  June 21, 2018, by Jonelle Seitz
"...They smiled at one another as they crossed the stage hip-to-hip in a seated position, wiggling their haunches to move forward. The overall effect of this method of locomotion was strikingly similar to that of walking: sway, transfer weight, sway, transfer weight..."

In Praise of the Restaurant Restroom
The best bathrooms are for more than business
Food Story  May 11, 2017, by Adam Ingram
"...Terry's, Hai Hospitality, and Snap Kitchen, among others. He describes designing the lighting element at Sway: "A deliberate lighting concept can make a big difference in making a small space feel special..."

Eminent Domain
Rock Rose takes over North Austin
Food Story  June 23, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...New Haven-style pizzeria Salvation Pizza, fast-casual Indian eatery Tarka, and drunken Jenga hot spot Kung Fu Saloon. On the horizon: the third location of New Waterloo's upscale Thai eatery Sway; California tonkotsu shop Jinya Ramen; Dallas-based Velvet Taco; three-story oonce-ooncerie the Rose Room; and the second Second Bar + Kitchen...."

Belladonna of Sadness
This transgressive animated film from 1973 Japan has been recently restored. Blending gorgeous, watercolor-infused Japanese landscapes with Western influences like Art Nouveau and Expressionism, the film tells the sexually outré and hallucinogenic story of two lovers in a feudal village.
Film Review  May 13, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Attempting to put the past behind them, Jeanne is visited by the Devil (Nakadai) who takes the form of a small phallus. Promising her power and a hold on those who betrayed her (spoiler alert: Jean turns out to not be the greatest husband), she flees to the forest and becomes a witch, succumbing to the Devil, and eventually commanding respect and holding great sway over the village peasants, much to the annoyance of the Lord and his Mistress (Shimegi)..."

The Take-Out
Relearning how to eat
Food Column  April 14, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...I slosh spoonfuls of pho onto my coffee table and drop heaps of rice onto my lap. The appearance of togarashi spiced quail on Sway's recent Songkran menu kickoff brought me to near tears..."

More Happy Hours, More Special Menus
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  December 3, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...Sway is celebrating their third year anniversary with a special menu from executive chef Martin Wilda. Enjoy single battered frog legs, koi pla (a wild striped bass crudo with yuzu, coconut cream, marked lime, and roasted banana pepper), and brioche (we’ll let this one surprise you)..."

Paper Towns
Paper-thin teen tale is based on a John Green YA novel
Film Review  July 31, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...A “paper town” is a fictitious settlement on a map used to identify copyright infringements, but the above-it-all Margo uses the term here to criticize the middle-class life to which Quentin aspires. This condescending attitude might play if Margo possessed a crazy charisma that blinds others’ ability to see through her, but the badly miscast Delevingne communicates nothing to suggest the sway she holds over her lovesick admirer..."

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
A doc not just for music aficionados, but a transcendent reminder that art matters
Film Review  June 19, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...We begin with Cambodia’s independence from being a French colony in 1953, that country still having a cultural sway over the music of the day. Soon, Afro-Cuban and American doo-wop start to influence the sound, and all of a sudden it’s 1965 and the U.S..."

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