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Best of the Best Two
The really big question here is, does anyone remember Radler's 1989 film Best of the Best? Chances are that no one does -- or cares -- to recall that creative...
Film Review  March 12, 1993, by Pamela Bruce
"...Starring: Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, Christopher Penn, Ralph Moeller, Meg Foster and Wayne Newton. The really big question here is, does anyone remember Radler's 1989 film Best of the Best? Chances are that no one does -- or cares -- to recall that creative dud which made yet another over-cooked turkey out of the Rocky formula about the U.S..."

'The Best Man'/'44 Plays for 44 Presidents'
Just in time for the election, presidents take the stage
Arts Story  October 5, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Typically, our commanders-in-chief (and those who covet the job) rate about as much time on the boards as insurance claims adjusters, but this has become the Year of the President in the theatre for me, and it could be for you, too. You may recall that one of the summer's surprise hits focused on our seventh president, with "Old Hickory" getting a new look – a kind of emo rock-god makeover – in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Exhibitionism, June 22)..."

The Best Imitation of Myself
Chatting with Ben Folds about his new box set
DAILY Music  October 27, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...G: You remember! That's cool. I recall you tying the piano to the back of the van or the trailer or whatever..."

SXSW Film Review: <i>Beware the Slendermani>
Doc examines notorious teen stabbing
DAILY Screens  March 12, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Brodsky’s doc covers the whole bloody affair in grim, clinical detail, but the the most unnerving question at the heart of her film is simply this: Was this stabbing a random anomaly, or has some bizarre, tech-enabled rubicon been crossed? Millions of children devour the Brothers Grimm, but precious few end up locking old ladies in the oven. The Slenderman case, while an obvious outlier in the annals of pre-teen crime (although they do recall the 1993 UK thrill killing of 3-year-old Jamie Bulger by a pair of 11-year-olds), might be more prescient than we, as a perpetually logged-in society, would care to admit...."

The Dewhurst I Knew
A lesson in election endorsements
DAILY News  October 11, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...In their Oct. 3 editorial, the Statesman board said: Dewhurst is effective in his own way and understands and respects the Senate and the senators. Wait, what? No, it gets better: Although he occasionally flits to the hyper-partisan right – his decision to break Senate rules to accommodate an unnecessary and divisive voter identification bill that threatened to derail business in both chambers was ill-advised – he avoids cheap political theatrics. Now this isn't quite how we recall it around here...."

10 Pounds of Blue Horseshoes in an 8-Pound Game, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving 'the Best of You'
DAILY Sports  February 11, 2007, by Timothy Braun
"...My favorite cut of the evening was watching my fiancée smile at a Taco Bell commercial, then pounding fists with my doctor friends after the first Colts score, and watching Prince put on a blistering halftime show. It’s not the game I will recall, and I can’t remember how we got here to begin with. The Colts in my time have come to characterize me, and the way I see myself..."

Page Two: The Best of Austin
A concept in search of an author; characters in search of a form; memory in search of meaning
Columns  October 17, 2008, by Louis Black
"...All the time in Austin, there is the unrelenting drizzle of lament – of voices recalling, dismissing, celebrating, singing, and accusing – of voices torn with pain. Neither geological nor structurally permanent, the intellectual, social, and political swift-moving violent white-water rapids of conversation, discourse, and disagreement rip through the city, defining it daily..."

<i>The Strangereri>
Bush 43 ponders murder and existentialism while debating Kerry in this ambitious comedy from Capital T
Arts Review  June 11, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Recall, if you will, the 2004 presidential election. On what turned out to be the losing side, there was John Kerry, labeled a heady New England elitist, and on the other was George W..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Gary Cartwright's memoir The Best I Recall (UT Press) was my favorite nonfiction work of 2015. It follows Cartwright's career from Sixties Dallas/Ft..."

Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
Authors for Fest 20 include Lethem, Lemony, Pitts, Diggs, Hart
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Already announced were literary treasure Sandra Cisneros, with a new memoir, A House of My Own; Dallas star Linda Gray with her memoir, The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction, and Stephen L. Moore's new history, Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846, but they'll be joined by journalist Gary Cartwright (The Best I Recall), former Chronicle staffer Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget), Bower Yousse and Thomas J..."

The Other Side of the Door
The portal between the living and dead is once again breached
Film Review  March 11, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Yet the Mumbai-set tale is stocked with figures of Hindu gods and other iconography, amplified by the bereaved husband’s career as an antiquities dealer. It makes for a blend I don’t recall ever seeing before...."

The Hunting Ground
Doc exposes rape culture on the university campus
Film Review  April 3, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...The sheer amount of unvarnished, on-camera testimony from young women (and a few men), as they recall the very worst moments of their lives during what should be the best years of their lives, is alternately overwhelming and necessary. In interview after interview with campus rape and assault survivors – and make no mistake, some do not survive – the story remains strangely yet unsurprisingly unchanged..."

Speaking of the Dead
To mark the Grateful Dead's final performances this weekend, a look back on the band's local history
Music Story  July 2, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...That Deadhead DNA amounts to my primeval memories: mom waking me up and pulling the cotton out of my ears when the band played "The Wheel," the time I became separated from my family and got lost and disoriented in a sea of hippie women in twirling skirts, and seeing the Dead for the last time in Detroit, 1994. I recall Jerry lit up by spotlight while singing "Stella Blue," his white hair and beard making him look like God – except wearing sweatpants..."

God Help the Girl
Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's first film is a charming movie musical in the key of Mod.
Film Review  September 12, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...In Browning, he’s found an expert conduit. She’s got heartbreak-pretty pipes that recall Austin chanteuse Kat Edmonson, and a luscious face that shames Anna Karina’s famed cheekbones..."

The Wind Rises (English dubbed)
The swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki appeals to the head and heart.
Film Review  February 28, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...For the uninitiated, Miyazaki, 73, has been Japan’s undisputed king of thoughtful, morally complex, and achingly beautiful animation going back – in my case, at least – to 1988’s enchanting My Neighbor Totoro. I can still recall in detail Roger Ebert’s hyper-enthusiastic “two thumbs up” for a filmmaker who, at the time, few outside the budding Japanimation fan base in the U.S..."

The Comedian
De Niro plays an aging insult comic
Film Review  February 3, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...And then, for a change of pace (or perhaps, a paycheck), he U-turned back to comedy in movies such as Analyze This and those Focker flicks, a wise move for bankability reasons (some of them clicked at the box office) but one that many believe critically diminished his thespic stature, particularly given some of his choices in roles. Recall his performance as the dictator Fearless Leader in the The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle..."

The Wild
Despite its title, Disney's new animated film, The Wild, is about as pedestrian as you can get.
Film Review  April 14, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...However, The Wild feels as though much of its backstory, along with most of the good jokes, have been cut out along the circuitous path to your neighborhood cineplex, resulting in a finished film that will probably delight the under-10 set, while leaving everyone else marveling at how bored they are. Vocally, the cast is a keeper, with both 24's Sutherland contributing a fine performance as the wayward pop and Cipes, as the little lion who hasn't yet learned to roar (shades of Godzilla's offspring Minya, who, as I'm sure you'll recall, could only blow smoke rings), managing just the right amount of sulky spunk..."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Fans of the novel can exhale, finally; panic is unwarranted. On the other hand, audiences unfamiliar with Douglas Adams’ bizarre world may wonder what all the fuss is about.
Film Review  April 29, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...(This is the sort of ramrod irony Adams favored; it tends to work better in print than on the screen.) Ford and Prefect escape certain death by thumbing a ride on the alien’s ship, and from here on out it’s one loony adventure after another, all with a decidedly Monty Python-esque edge. Eventually, and through plot contrivances far too byzantine to get into here, the duo land in the company of Zaphod Beeblebrox (Rockwell), the narcissistic, double-headed president of the Universe, who comes across as a cross between all the bad Seventies hard-rock bands you can recall and seminal movie stoner Jeff Spicolli..."

Have Love Will Travel with the Sonics
Guitarist Larry Parypa woke up 50 years later a punk godfather
DAILY Music  June 12, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...We didn’t play them live. For example, “Strychnine.” I don’t recall ever playing “Strychnine” back in the Sixties, other than when we recorded it, and that was that...."

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Veering from moments of breathtakingly visualized valor to outright stupidity, Sith is a vast improvement over the previous two outings, but still and all, it’s no Star Wars.
Film Review  May 20, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Personally, I’ve never been one of those rabid queue-monkeys. On the other hand, I vividly recall the day my father took me to see Star Wars in 1977..."

At Home in the Outpost
R.O.'s Outpost, 17 miles west of Austin in the Hill Country, serves the kind of food, reviewer Mick Vann reports, that "the old folks grew up on, and the kind rarely found these days in our modern, fast-food, a-go-go world."
Food Story  January 14, 2000, by Mick Vann
"...This is the kind of down-home chow the old folks grew up on, and the kind rarely found these days in our modern, fast-food, a-go-go world. The sides recall the veggies grandma used to make before she passed to the Great Beyond..."

<i>Chroniclei> Recommends: Back to School
Seven of the best movies about edumacation
DAILY Screens  September 11, 2018, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...Sidney Poitier was a bona fide movie star by the time he appeared in this sentimental drama about an idealistic American educator imparting life lessons to a class of unteachable students in the blackboard jungle of London’s East End. When British torch singer Lulu dedicates the film’s title song in letters in the sky soaring a thousand feet high to this man who’s made a difference, you’ll probably tearfully recall that special teacher who did the same for you..."

The Road to <i>Urinetowni>
Composer Mark Hollmann on the show's creation and success
DAILY Arts  August 30, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...AC: As you were writing it, do you recall if there was a song that felt like breakthrough of some kind, something that you hadn't written before but that you felt really proud of?..."

The Last Laugh
Guy Forsyth signs off on God's Favorite Band
DAILY Music  April 21, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...The first time he sat in with the band (Electric Lounge, I think) Christina was like a kid begging for a puppy, 'Can I keep him?' He was the first in the band to pick up the saw. I had brought a percussionist, who had played with the 13 Floor Elevators (whose name I cannot recall), to sit in with us who played the saw a little, just making weird noise on it and about two weeks later Olivier was playing achingly beautiful melodies..."

Something the Grackles Made
The life and works of Mr. Pants
Features Story  September 19, 2008, by Cindy Widner
"...I'm a hopeless romantic, always trying to come to the rescue. I recall her asking me, "Why, why are these grackles here? And what do they want?" Still feeling gallant, I interviewed experts, did hours of research at the library..."

The Faces of Austin's AAPW
Profiling wrestlers American Eagle, Creepers the Clown, and more
DAILY Sports  January 9, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...One of the wrestlers has a concerned look on his face, asking for advice. "But do you think I should wear the white or gold sunglasses?" Carol Consla considers the question, and I recall something they told me the last time I was there …..."

The Q&A Hole: What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?
Because everybody needs some gastrointestinal cosseting sometimes
DAILY Food  May 22, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Texas toast?!? Egad, no! Rye bread, you Philistine! Swiss, not cheddar! Russian dressing, not a 1,000 or however many islands! And the onions are grilled! Anyway, I dig it for the rarity and that it reminds me of my childhood. I recall it being one of the first things I had when allowed to order for myself, not knowing what it was, at five or six years old, in Odessa, Texas, at the (un-PC) Sambo's restaurant, a prodigal culinary adventurer..."

Reviving 'The Dead'
Fantastic Fest 2010 zombie horror returns this weekend
DAILY Screens  October 6, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...I must have been 12, I think, at the time, and it had an incredible impact on me. I vividly recall going home afterward so terrified that we literally walked in the center of the road because we felt like at any moment we could be grabbed by a zombie..."

We Remember What the Dormouse Said
Ten authors cut you a little slice of their own personal Wonderlands
DAILY Arts  March 31, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...As a kid, I found that page dull – rushes, another addition to the I Don’t Know What That Is list – but now it kills me. In my play, the half-asleep woman recalls:..."

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Preteen superspies Carmen (Vega) and Juni Cortez (Sabara) return for more family-friendly hijinks in this locally filmed follow-up to last year's boffo Spy Kids. After a daring rescue of the...
Film Review  August 9, 2002, by Marrit Ingman
"...After a daring rescue of the president's daughter (Momsen) at an amusement park and a brush with glib rivals Gary and Gertie Giggles (O'Leary and Osment -- yes, the sister of Haley Joel, and the resemblance is terrifying), the Cortez sibs set off in search of the Transmooker, a mysterious cloaking device (or something) coveted by dastardly spy chief Donnagon (Judge). But will their journey strand them on the titular island, where mysterious creatures (including Buscemi) await? And what will happen when their mom and dad (Banderas and Gugino) find out? Like its predecessor, this all-ages romp stands head and shoulders above the usual family fare: It's lively and fun, its youthful leads are engaging and authentic, and there's not a single fart joke that I can recall (though there's a poop gag and a pun about shiitake mushrooms)..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...We discovered how drunk these characters actually get. Nothing bad happened, to my memory, but I do recall moving a large statue of Mary Moody from the lobby into one of the professors’ offices …..."

A Quarrel With the Status Quo
Charlie Baird on criminal justice, equity, and the Travis County D.A.
News Story  January 20, 2012
"...AC: When Rose was running last time and Mindy [Montford] was running against her in the primary, that was one of the things that Montford brought up over and over, the need for a 24-hour intake process, and Rose always said, "Well, we don't need that." ... She said in the debate [with you], if I recall, that they are accessible 24 hours...."

The Little Rascals
Kids will be kids. And that's the refreshing news about the Nineties version of Hollywood's original Brat Pack; the kids are basically the same as the ones Hal Roach trotted...
Film Review  August 19, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...Best of all, the Rascals still sparkle with spunk and ingenuity. Given Hollywood's gift for screwing up updates of old films (Anybody recall the 1976 King Kong?), it would have been par for them to make the Nineties Rascals microchip whiz kids and gameboys..."

Bryan Ferry Enslaves the Moody
UK romantic slays local romantics
DAILY Music  March 23, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...When one of the gods hasn’t played Austin in practical memory recall, their powering up at a beloved venue such as ACL Live at the Moody Theater is pyrotechnic. Boom! Bryan Ferry inside the crown jewel of local concert halls on Wednesday night left everyone flush and not a single soul singed...."

The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Although I'm a huge fan of L.A.-based animation house Klasky Csupo, I went into their Thornberrys film without having seen a lick of this family-oriented series they produce for the...
Film Review  December 20, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...It's not Adult Swim -- Cartoon Network's Sunday evening block of “edgy” animated series that scored a cult following almost instantly -- but then it wasn't meant to be. Refreshingly free of kiddie pablum (which the kids hate, by the way -- producers take note, or at least stretch those synapses enough to recall, if only dimly, what punched your buttons when you were pint-sized), Thornberrys relates the wilderness adventures of the titular family: dad Nigel (Curry), a veddy British nature documentarian; Yank mom Marianne (Carlisle), his cinematographer; irritable teen daughter Debbie (Harris); and younger daughter Eliza (Chabert), who quite literally has the power to talk to the animals..."

The Haunting
“It's all about family. It's always been about family!” yowls the unhinged Eleanor (Taylor) to one of the hoary phantasms (by visual effects master Phil Tippet) in the closing moments...
Film Review  July 30, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Debuting screenwriter David Self has altered a few plot devices as well, but the final product remains more or less faithful to Jackson's storyline. Still, I don't recall the novel being so screechingly histrionic, and certainly Julie Harris' earlier take on the character of Eleanor remains the most affecting of the two films..."

The Movie Bug
Touching down at the Toronto International Film Festival
Screens Story  September 24, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Toronto marks another stop for some films traveling the festival circuit. Among these, I saw Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful, which features a tour de force performance by Javier Bardem in an otherwise sentimental narrative, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, an ethereal film that mostly left me mystified..."

A Place at the Long Table
The complex, nuanced, unmistakable taste of Juneteenth, 139 years later
Food Story  June 17, 2005, by Toni Tipton-Martin
"...Anyone who makes the effort to carefully consider the mélange of elements and look beyond the fence surrounding Rosewood Park (the heart and soul of Austin's Juneteenth), past the corporate banners and festival fare, will recognize the familiar American virtues of gratitude and pride much in evidence when families commemorate independence on Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July, and see a vibrant, thriving Juneteenth culture. It is difficult and painful through the prism of contemporary living, with its high tech conveniences and modern-day liberties, to recall and comprehend what life must have been like for enslaved black people, but the overarching intent of Juneteenth requires that we try..."

The Hightower Report: Daddy's Philosophy
Hightower remembers his dad’s thoughts on charity
News Column  December 31, 2015, by Jim Hightower
"...He felt the same way about being taxed to build a public library in town. I don't recall him ever going in that building, much less checking out a book, but he wanted it to be there for the community and he was happy to pay his part..."

The Hightower Report
Daddy's Philosophy: Everybody does better when everybody does better
News Column  December 31, 2014, by Jim Hightower
"...He felt the same way about being taxed to build a public library in town. I don't recall him ever going in that building, much less checking out a book, but he wanted it to be there for the community and he was happy to pay his part..."

Page Two: Feels Like the First Time
On onion rings, barbecue, and the never-ending "Best of Austin" debate
Columns  October 13, 2006, by Louis Black
"...Sure, I was ill for a couple of days, and my system still hasn't rid itself of all the fat, but it was worth it. Barbaro, as I recall, felt fine and didn't even notice the Katrina of fat that hit his system..."

Rubies Among the Shooting Stars
A trip to the headwaters of the Pecos River in July 1976 resulted in the culinary surprise of a lifetime.
Food Story  August 8, 2003, by Mick Vann
"...One such trip to the headwaters of the Pecos River in July 1976 resulted in the culinary surprise of a lifetime. It was a taste epiphany of stupendous proportion, yielding vivid flavors that even now I can recall at will...."

The Art of the Dealer
Exploring the Relationships of Artists & Gallery Owners
Arts Story  August 23, 1996
"...Some felt that simple letters of agreement, should be exchanged. How else can the artist judge whether the gallery is meeting his or her expectations? How better for the dealer who has a large stable of artists to recall promises made and whether they've been met?..."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Letter to the Editor: "If I am to recall correctly, Margaret Moser has decided to hand off the 'music' column to a bong salesman that apparently has some sort of encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary music. Putting aside the fact that Moser apparently considers 1982 to be contemporary, I am at a loss for words when someone that has a gig in a head shop (no shame there) gets promoted to music columnist for the city's only quarter-decent newspaper based on a conversation over weed-ware..."

Page Two: Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory
The path to a Republican presidency
Columns  April 7, 2016, by Louis Black
"...It was going to begin by suggesting that even those long cognizant of the duplicitous nature of American politics can still allow for galvanizing moments. Recalling an old Doonesbury where Mark, riding with striking truckers, alerts his friends to dig out gas masks and riot helmets from the bottom drawers where they had long languished because the revolution is alive, I was going to echo the call that it was time again for the old left to rise..."

'The NFL Beat': Week Three
Survive and advance
DAILY Sports  September 22, 2012, by Alex Dunlap
"...Bengals RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis is looking better than I can ever recall in his entire career, and is facing a defense that let sixth-round rookie Daryl Robinson run roughshod on them in Steven Jackson's absence last Sunday. Get the Law Firm into your lineups...."

I Want My H&M!!!
Why has H&M left the Lone Star state out in the cold?
DAILY Design  October 9, 2009, by Christopher Carbone
"...I can recall with a clarity that surprises me the first time I walked into H&M's flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Anxious shoppers had eagerly waited in long lines that stretched around the block, hoping to snag a cute frock or a pair of slim-fit jeans..."

A Shot in the Arm
DAILY Music  May 13, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...A.M.’s “Box Full of Letters,” unopened Sunday as was its debut album-mate “Passenger Side,” played out similar to Wilco’s initial local sets at Liberty Lunch and Antone’s in the mid-1990s: joyous. Six studio LPs since ’95, not to mention a pair of Woody Guthrie polish-offs, have produced an American songbook bursting with contemporary standards judging from the lyrical recall of two rabid Stubb’s audiences..."

The Relativity of Fineness
Crispin Glover on the It trilogy and his departed star and screenwriter
Screens Story  February 8, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Lest anyone think Glover is simply out to make your mind ache with his utterly unique forays into reel/real transgression, it pays to recall that his most prominent role of late was as the monstrous yet pitiable Grendel in Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf, a CGI-enhanced character who not only had to endure the forced removal of a limb (by a buffed-up Ray Winstone as Beowulf) but also spoke all of his dialogue in Old English through what sounded like a digitally dehanced mouthful of premoistened woe...."

Ruling the Roost
Austin Preeminent Concert Promoter Ponders Retirement
Music Story  June 1, 2001, by Andy Langer
"..."I was screaming at him," recalls O'Connor, nearly 25 years later. "I wanted a fight."..."

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