"..."The black community leadership could anoint a candidate that the local Democratic Party leaders would support," said Delco, who won her first election in the same week Martin Luther King was assassinated. "Today, with the so-called African-American seat, there is no way that you can be certain that the person elected is the choice of the community."..."
"...The film's several plotlines, alternately involving Peter Fonda as the brooding caretaker of a dormant “female” engine named Lady, Mara Wilson as the young girl who helps him bring her back to life, and Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor (who's running out of the magic gold dust that allows him to travel to the train-populated isle of Sodor), feel oddly mismatched and are almost sure to be confusing to kids who'd much rather see Thomas grin his way through the film and never mind the bipeds..."
"...Even his grown-up characters, like the maturity-impaired caterers of another of his beloved but short-lived comedy shows, Party Down, often seem stuck in permanent adolescence. In our interview, Thomas spoke at length about what makes high school students interesting, dealing with the fans, and the one TV show that got away...."
"...The path to a consulting career is a bit bumpier than in Arthur Conan Doyle's canon, but Charlotte's adventures are just as rip-roaring and the series' observations about human nature – especially regarding the intricacies of female friendships – are even more compassionately and keenly drawn. Thomas has her Victorian bona fides – she first earned critical acclaim writing historical romances – and it shows in the way she warmly details turn-of-the-century life...."
"...And honestly, it’s kind of distracting and far too time consuming. I’ve always understood the news feed function of Twitter and have been on it for years, but Facebook was something I was trying to avoid. Eventually I was forced to sign up because some venues only have a Facebook presence...."
"...“It's great to be able to play a couple of old hits that people remember from MTV, or are still being playing on the radio. That's a way to get people into my new music."..."
"...Her art won't stop. She's been "blown away," she says, at the outpouring of love for what she's done to create community in Austin..."
"...Austin Chronicle: Your studio seems really tidy. Is it always in this condition?..."
"...TF: Let me put it this way: The culture war concerns that are such a big deal in elections, that we talk about all the time, you hear very little about that in Washington D.C. It has very little to do with the way these guys actually operate the state..."
"...First, a face-off against the Texas Legends that went the distance, with the Toros creeping ahead for good in the final seconds thanks to the scientific moves of new-blooded guard Justin Dentmon and his 28 points and 7 assists. Next came a home-and-away, back-to-back, Austin-to-Tulsa showdown against the then-undefeated Tulsa 66ers...."
"...And we tend to, for practical reasons, play just the East and West Coasts, and maybe a little bit South on the east side of the country. That’s the problem with Texas and Minneapolis: It’s just a long way from there to the next place...."
"...Enormous crane shots or super-fast whipping cameras around that would require a certain level of technology. Jonathan's were always very intimate..."
"...How fitting, then, that Gomez-Rejon and Mann should discover each other as collaborators on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in theatres this Friday, June 26. Mann anchors the film as Greg, a goofball high school senior who whiles away afternoons with his buddy Earl (RJ Cyler) making elaborate spoofs of Criterion-worthy cinema classics..."
"...Due to his adamant stance as a political artist, the Lion of Zimbabwe (as he is often called) has the dubious honor of having his songs banned by both the corrupt colonial government and the corrupt current government. When asked if he thinks the government's ban is their yellow-bellied way of striking back for his political critique in songs like "Disaster" and "Mamvemve (Tattered Rags)," the Lion is blunt...."
"...Bible Monument Case Thumps Its Way Through Courts One Saturday in 1995, a handful of Houston-area clergy joined then-Harris Co. District Judge John Devine and his court reporter, Karen Friend, outside the Harris Co..."
"...That hurry-up attitude, combined with a forceful personality, has allowed Watson to dominate the City Council more thoroughly than any politico of the last three decades. There is the right way, the wrong way, and the Watson Way..."
"...There’s an eerie feeling to this design that reminded me of night-swimming in Barton Springs, the whispery feeling of those river weeds on your feet and the light of the full moon above. With this design, Hooper has captured a piece of Austin’s essence in a unique (and uniquely quaffable) way...."
"..."I always wanted to make a record like this," she explains. "On the last record, [2013's] You Were Fine, You Weren't Even Lonely, there were two songs that were kind of in that vein, 'What's So Special' and 'Stone in the Road.' They were more soul songs, and after that my writing kept going more and more in that direction..."
"...Dear Editor, For a way to get rid of old tires, go to www.recycle.net/tiredepot...."
"...The first week of Lent needn't be all sackcloth and ashes, not when Bach is in the air, and he is most splendidly this week, in a pair of concerts that testifies anew to the composer's magnificent way with the human voice. Up first is the aptly titled Vocal Masterpieces of J.S..."
"...You send it all in to the Society in a formal – well, ours may have been over-formal. I have a background in PR and event management, so I was a little anal about the way I presented the thing to them..."
"..."Not only is Rob talented, he's got a work ethic like no other. When we saw him [at Reagan] working as hard as he did late nights in the journalism room and playing gigs with his band there's no way he wouldn't get somewhere."..."
"...The Summer of Love has been forever crippled by Altamont, Charles Manson, and California’s land-grab capitalism (shades of Chinatown), and Nixon’s silent majority lurks in the background like a Leviathan. Doc doesn’t so much delve into the mystery as get strung along by so many unseen puppeteers, ever stumbling forward, and only rarely gleaning insight along the way..."
"...“We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us” is the recurring theme of this new movie by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Hard Eight). Certainly, the director takes every opportunity to drive home his point in a variety of emotionally draining ways, be they scenes of parent/child breakdowns, hideously snafued attempts at love, or the steely maw of previous indiscretions rising up to swallow characters whole amidst the trappings of their present lifestyles..."
"...Starring: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker, Charles Grodin, Phil Hartman and Debi Mazar. What solid story there is at the heart of this Mike Myers comedy, his first since Wayne's World, is almost buried under the clutter of cameos and shtick designed to make it a vehicle for the star..."
"...Not the kind of scene you want to bring a girl home to … but then Jackie (Ward) isn't your run-of-the-mill Eighties prom queen. A classmate of Thomas' who quietly bullies her way into both boys' confidences, Jackie punctuates her thoughts with a wide-eyed "wowee" and has a good, sensible laugh when Charlie roots a tampon out of her bag and brandishes it in his teeth like a dog with a squeaky toy..."
"...spy plane prototype by Hungarian bad guy Arnold Gundars (McDowell, in a generic role so underwritten that he has all of five lines in the entire film), Robinson is paired with competent-but-second-string spy Alex Scott (Wilson). Along with a femme-fatale agent played by the usually excellent former Bond girl Janssen, the pair bicker their way along the Danube and through the sewers of the Hungarian capital..."
"...Sat. 17, Blackheart, 12mid If Australia had a native tongue other than English, "Bad Pony" would translate into "Coldplay." These Sydney natives plow a similarly manicured field of alt/grunge/pop, as evidenced by singles "Sideways" and "Zombie," which also indicate a Steely Dan CD or two among the Nickelback and Smashing Pumpkins discs..."
"...It’s a hospitable oasis populated strictly by other young men and surrounded on all sides by a mammoth, ever-shifting maze. None of the designated Runners has managed to find a way out in three years of exploration, nor have any of them survived a night spent among biomechanical beasts called Grievers...."
"...Setting the story at Christmastime also adds to the sense of Lucas’ martyrdom. Yet Mikkelsen makes you empathize with Lucas every step of the way and helps make The Hunt a real moral nail-biter...."
"...At its worst, this could be another misguided Newsies. Or an Alan Parker movie -- i.e., a movie set in a very specific milieu filmed by one who, in no way, belongs to that milieu and director Thomas Carter being a black man originally from Smithville, Texas might have easily fallen into that category as he set out to depict 1939 Hamburg..."
"...That all changes when two American brothers – the plainspoken, cowboyish Neil (Blucas) and the elder, more serious-minded Simon (Thomas) – stumble onto their property one rainy night. Quite fortuitously, they are the landowners of the estate the Mortmain castle is situated on, and they both become enamored of Rose, who sees a way out of poverty and her family’s stifling eccentricity by way of marriage to Simon..."
"...It seems we have not heard from Dolby lately because he has been locked away in deepest Silicon Valley as president and CEO of Headspace Inc., a company busy creating a world of sound for the Web, CDROMs, and Virtual Reality. Headspace is a laboratory focused on the essentially nonexistent field of multimedia sound technology, and the lab has given birth this year to several new advances which Dolby hopes will revolutionize both computerized entertainment and the time-honored drudgery of being a working musician. Among these groundbreaking new technologies are: Beatnik -- an interactive audio system, Rich Music Format (RMF) -- a new music file format which can also use all the existing music formats such as MIDI and wav, and the Audio Virtual Reality Engine (AVRe) -- Headspace's own proprietary technology which allows the user to have an interactive, real time soundtrack to his multimedia or websurfing experience...."
"...The film's humor offers an odd blend of subversively sly narrative mixed with bursts of sudden, sharp violence and goofy slapstick. A commercial hit in Denmark, Adam's Apples is now inching its way across North America..."
"...Thus there must be a poor side of town where the people of color live, and if it weren't East Austin it would be somewhere else. The most effective way to counter gentrification, throughout Austin, would be to create affordable infill housing and living-wage jobs, in ample and equivalent qualities, both east and west of I-35, and eliminate at least the economic need or rationale for a ghetto...."
"...Thomas, in search of the $2 million Bernie embezzled prior to his death. Along the way, the corpse is half-heartedly resurrected by means of Virgin Islands-style voodoo, but – get this – he can only move around when there's conga music on the soundtrack (Ha!)..."
"...With the third Lady Sherlock novel, The Hollow of Fear, being released Oct. 2 and the author launching it with a reading and signing at BookPeople the same night, she's returned to share a little bit about her craft and the ways in which romance speaks to how we value women. Austin Chronicle: So you’ve shared before the story of how you decided to become an author – because you wanted to write something better than a book you were reading..."
"...Shot in a faux home-brew documentary style that manages to feel both way too intimate and frequently surreal, Project X chronicles the 17th birthday of Thomas (a pitch-perfect Mann), which begins when his parents leave town for the weekend and ends with something approximating the destruction of Cloverfield. There's no monster here, but that handheld camera turns out to be one of the film's major strengths, as it mirrors the constantly shifting emotions of the main characters and the increasingly outrageous (and potentially life-threatening) events surrounding them..."
"...Especially in Britain, where Hicks was more a rock star than the comedy-club joke jockey he was in his homeland. Directors (and UK natives) Harlock and Thomas get Hicks, the way disciples do a guru, and they want everyone to..."
"...And when you get right down to it. The four characters in Thomas Was Alone play in very similar ways to the four characters in the often derided Super Mario Bros..."
"...Unfortunately, The Hungry Bachelors Club's prospects for repeating the success of analogous movies like Like Water for Chocolate and Soul Food are severely limited by screenwriter Fred Dresch's unfocused, hard-to-follow script. Even for those of us raised in the post-Altman era of mandatory multiple plotlines, there's way too much information to comfortably digest..."
"...(A Handmaid's Tale, perhaps? The feminist abortion rights organization of the future is not uncoincidentally named the Atwood Society.) Another problem is that Rain Without Thunder plays a little too fast and loose with the established facts of 20th century history -- an offense the movie criticizes Greene's revisionist historian character of committing (in one of the movie's most chilling sequences) when he negates any prior existence of a women's movement in America. Despite all the reasons why this movie should not work, in its own way, it does..."
"...Austin Chronicle: Seemingly, every autobiography and self-portrait has had accusations leveled at it concerning narcissism and self-importance, regardless of author. This is not always warranted..."
"...One Thousand and One Nights isn’t the only allusion to prick the ears. A marquee advertising Woody Allen’s Match Point – about a social upstart worming his way into a family – glances by in the background, and there’s also the name of Jeanne’s gallery – The Minotaur’s Maze – that could send a movie conspiracy theorist scampering down a dark corridor in pursuit of a connection to the father-son dynamic that blossoms between teacher and student..."
"...His portrayal of Oskar is admirably off-putting, bristling with a sincere and full-bodied intensity. (He has a way of vomiting out words that feels true to an overburdened boy forever on the knife’s edge of a panic attack.) His lunging, logorrheic portrait contrasts well with that of Max von Sydow, as a neighbor and shut-in who emerged from the Dresden bombings emotionally ravaged and mute, and Daldry, something of an over-emoter, etches with moving restraint their mutual hunger for connection in a wordless scene in which Horn does nothing so special as feeds von Sydow a juice box...."
"...Marcus Thomas plays Peter Rooker, a pathetically antisocial sad sack with, as he puts it, “a dull job and a dull life.” So lacking in interest is his lot, in fact, that his girlfriend has just left him in the lurch and presumably wandered off seeking a more intellectually invigorating romance with a starfish or possibly a bit of gravel. Thanks to some magical realism that wafts through Bigger Than the Sky whenever the script can’t find a better way to induce character action, Peter soon finds himself enrolling in the Portland Community Theater’s local production of Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac..."
"...This second attempt is much more fully developed, or, at least, has better firearms and some of the most daringly insipid comic moments ever committed to an action film. You’ll never look at operatic pasta preparation in the same way again..."
"...Unlike last winter's Italian travelogue picture, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Up at the Villa uses its settings in a more organic and less postcardy way, but similarly uses Florence's centuries-old set-pieces as musty representations of vipers' nests and conspiracies..."