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Pity the poor Mir space station. First it suffers the real-world traumas of lousy post-Perestroika management, technical foul-ups, and shoddy construction, then it suffers at the hands of both filmmakers...

Film Review  January 22, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Pity the poor Mir space station. First it suffers the real-world traumas of lousy post-Perestroika management, technical foul-ups, and shoddy construction, then it suffers at the hands of both filmmakers Michael Bay (in Armageddon) and Virus' John Bruno..."

Stop the Hate Virus
Postmarks  December 9, 2015
"...Dear Editor, Regarding the article from Dec. 6 about two Muslim women being harassed at Kerbey Lane [“Breakfast With Bigots,” News]; I feel compelled to write in hopes that you could forward my letter of apology to both Sirat Al-Nahi and Leilah Abdennabi, apologizing for the uneducated hostile Americans who have been infected with a virus spread by misguided and dangerous fools like Donald Trump giving fuel to hate and fear in this country..."

'Virus Thirteen' Invades Austin
Joshua Alan Parry signs his first thriller around town today
DAILY Books  April 6, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...If you were feeling reasonably healthy this spring, consider the not-too-distant future Austin setting of Virus Thirteen: Texas is blisteringly hot, human genes are cancer-proof, smoking is completely illegal, and a drug habit or a body mass index over 30 will get you sent to a government-run health camp...."

Mickey Virus
Comic Bollywood thriller.
Film Review  October 25, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Zero Patience
Finally, a movie that's truly unlike anything we've seen before: Zero Patience is a movie musical about AIDS. Yes, a musical, as in that singing, dancing spectacle kind of entertainment....
Film Review  April 1, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This Canadian film takes its title from Patient Zero, the posthumous nickname given to the French-Canadian flight attendant presumed to have been the first to spread AIDS throughout North America. Greyson busts open the myth of Patient Zero and also takes on the so-called “truths” of a mutated simian virus as being the source of the human HIV virus and that HIV is the sole cause of the AIDS virus..."

Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast remind us to be very afraid.
Film Review  September 9, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Thanks, Steven Soderbergh. As if I didn't have enough to worry about as is, now I'm freaked out about the inevitability of a mystery virus that doesn't reanimate the dead..."

Zika 101
Travis County to conduct a two-day survey on the mosquito-borne virus
DAILY News  June 16, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...This weekend, public health officials from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and Williamson County will launch simultaneous public health surveys to better understand the public's knowledge about the Zika virus and mosquito prevention...."

Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness
This is a documentary about living with AIDS and the emphasis is on living. The focus is life-affirming and joyful. While Living Proof does not deny the inescapable horror of...
Film Review  March 4, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The focus is life-affirming and joyful. While Living Proof does not deny the inescapable horror of this disease with no existent cure, the movie's focus is elsewhere, on the variety of people who live with the virus and the even more various ways they live with it and respect it as a part of their lives..."

The Living End
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and for the two HIV-positive men in The Living End, the existence of an unwelcome virus in their bodies is both...
Film Review  November 13, 1992, by Steve Davis
"...Starring: Mike Dytri, Craig Gilmore, Darcy Marta, Scot Goetz, Mary Woronov and Johanna Went. Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and for the two HIV-positive men in The Living End, the existence of an unwelcome virus in their bodies is both liberating and damning..."

The Cured
The zombie apocalypse is over. So now what?
Film Review  March 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The core concept is one of impossible nightmare. A zombie virus has swept the world, and Ireland has been particularly badly hit..."

In this UK thriller, the so-called Reaper virus threatens the Isles with extinction.
Film Review  March 21, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...It's powerful stuff when it works, and it works more than you'd expect. After a here-and-now prologue sets up the main storyline – a deadly "Reaper" virus lays waste to Scotland, and the British government seals off the entire country – the action jumps ahead to 2035, as Maj..."

28 Weeks Later
This continuing story of a populace that fears infection from a "rage virus," forges ahead with panic-paced sequences of graphic, random violence.
Film Review  May 11, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...I'm still not too thrilled about his worldly turn as a the bullet-in-the-head Bond baddie back when the world was not enough, but with 28 Weeks Later, a sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 DV guerilla zombie film 28 Days Later, Carlyle behaves so monstrously and makes the red-foam-flecked most of his character Don. In Boyle's wickedly DIY prequel, a lethal, highly communicable "rage virus" turned most of the citizenry into bloodthirsty savages, while the film smartly riffed on everything from contemporary fears of unchecked biogenetic engineering to the steadily eroding popular trust in No..."

In an opening voiceover, a superhuman killing machine warns, “I was born into a world you may not understand.” Boy hidee, she ain’t kidding, and fully 88 minutes later, that world is still pocked with incomprehensibility.

Film Review  March 10, 2006, by Kimberley Jones
"...In opening voiceover, a superhuman killing machine named Violet (Resident Evil’s Jovovich) warns the viewer, “I was born into a world you may not understand.” Boy hidee, she ain’t kidding, and fully 88 minutes later, that world is still pocked with incomprehensibility. It seems that some time in the not so distant future, a nasty virus was let loose, creating a splinter, mutant race of humans – hemophages, they’re called – that the government is bent on exterminating..."

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The final(?) nail in this action horror franchise
Film Review  February 3, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...And this is what it looks like: Alice (Jovovich) in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, hooking up with a ragtag group of survivors whose names you may recall because you played the games. If the terms T-virus and Raccoon City ring a bell, well, you’re halfway there as Alice must travel to the latter to find the last known antidote of the former to stop the extinction of the human race..."

Resident Evil: Retribution
In the fifth installment of this horror franchise, Milla Jovovich again stars as the saga's heroine Alice, who fights the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
Film Review  September 21, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Jovovich is back as Alice, the perpetually black-catsuit-clad heroine/enigma at the heart of the franchise. Years before, the dreaded Umbrella Corporation accidentally unleashed a zombifying plague on the Earth (see: Resident Evil, either the film or the video game for plenty more exposition), and Alice has been struggling both to contain the spread of the virus and kill as many Umbrella henchmen (in ever more spectacular ways) since then..."

Easy A
The Scarlet Letter is refitted for the app age in this winning high school comedy.
Film Review  September 17, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Is it just me, or is the long arm of the Internet informing all our entertainment these days? In addition to the Web’s up-to-the-nanosecond commentary on culture and all its attendant warring, lately cinema is full to brimming with Internet-inspired entertainments, from the absorbing late-summer documentaries Winnebago Man and Catfish to narrative features like the end-is-nigh (or at least the end of any forward movement for feminism) comedy The Virginity Hit and David Fincher’s hotly anticipated chronicle of Facebook’s first steps, The Social Network. Easy A, too, riffs on social media’s Big Brother-like shadow; when a rumor kick-starts about the devirginizing of its heroine, high school senior Olive (Zombieland’s Stone), it spreads like – what else? – a virus via text and Twitter..."

Gay Sex in the 70s
Little more than a series of interviews with those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the archives, this documentary offers a sympathetic perspective of the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City.
Film Review  March 10, 2006, by Steve Davis
"...Little more than a series of interviews of those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the day’s porn archives, Gay Sex in the 70s attempts to provide a sympathetic perspective on the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City, years in which gay men engaged in anonymous sex on the piers and drugged till dawn at Studio 54. Of course, this behavior had its consequences – a heretofore unknown virus derailed the sexual revolution for both gay and straight alike – and this documentary dutifully notes how things forever changed in the early Eighties..."

Aeon Flux
Its heart is in the right place, but Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.
Film Review  December 9, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Like the work of those authors, it doesn’t lack for nifty (and often depressing) ideas of where mankind is currently heading. Based on Peter Chung’s mid-Nineties animated MTV series, the film is set 400 years in the future, after a killer virus has wiped out 99.9% of the world’s population, leaving the remaining five million ensconced in what appears to be a better-irrigated version of Logan’s Run’s backlot..."

A History of Violence
Cronenberg's new horror film implicitly tackles the old question of nature vs. nurture: What are we born with and what do we acquire from our environment?
Film Review  September 30, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In recent films, however, Cronenberg’s horror has become more externalized. From the sexual fetishists of Crash to the mentally deranged central character of Spider, and now the mobsters of A History of Violence, Cronenberg now seems to be creating characters whose violence is intrinsic – not something completely implanted by external forces but a virus that resides within..."

Cabin Fever
A festival breakout shocker that twists genre conventions into a jarring battery of scares.
Film Review  September 12, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Consequences of what? I hear you say. Why, a flesh-eating virus that renders its victims mewling, melting maniacs, alternately going all fetal and drippy and running amok..."

28 Days Later
A zombie picture, with lots of topical updating.
Film Review  June 27, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Filmed before SARS hit, the eerily prescient 28 Days Later holds fast to the tropes of horror but never slides into the schlock so common to the genre. The prologue sets the scene for devastation: A group of animal-rights activists break into a lab in order to liberate tested-on chimpanzees, unaware that the animals are infected with a virus known only as "rage." Cut to 28 days later, as a man named Jim (Murphy) awakes from a coma in a hospital ICU to find himself completely alone..."

Boat Trip
There are bad movies, and there’s Boat Trip, a puerile comedy so appalling and unfunny, it’s like contracting the Norwalk virus at sea. Twice. Writer-director Nathan, a first-time helmer, seems...

Film Review  March 28, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Fox, Artie Lange, Thomas Lennon, Roger Moore, Richard Roundtree, Roselyn Sanchez and Lin Shaye. There are bad movies, and there’s Boat Trip, a puerile comedy so appalling and unfunny, it’s like contracting the Norwalk virus at sea..."

About AIDS
How Papilloma accelerates HIV.
Columns  February 2, 2001, by Sandy Bartlett
"...Human papilloma virus (HPV) is well-established as the leading cause of vaginal, cervical, and uterine cancers; it also causes anal warts and is the probable cause of many, or perhaps most, anal cancers. Women can become infected vaginally with HPV by sexual intimacy with an infected man, and vice versa..."

The X-Files
An enigma wrapped in a conundrum sealed in a plain brown vapor-lock baggie that -- wonder of wonders! -- actually makes a fair amount of sense. In the five years...
Film Review  June 19, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...For non-fans, the story manages to hold its own, being neither inexplicable nor too obvious. Briefly, it concerns the devastating terrorist bombing of a Dallas federal building, which may or may not be linked to a quartet of unexplained civilian deaths, and a mysterious virus, which may or may not be linked to global government duplicity and associated with an ancient, non-terrestrial race..."

Heaven's a Drag
Blending comedy and drama in a film about AIDS can be a difficult task, and Peter Litten's first foray into solo directing (previous co-directions include Slaughter High and Living Doll)...
Film Review  October 13, 1995, by Alison Macor
"...Equally credit-worthy are the lead performances of Arklie and Williams, who flesh out the characters as two engaging and distinct personalities. While the film's weaknesses at times threaten to undermine the entire project, Heaven's a Drag does present a refreshing alternative to other films that focus solely on the horrors of the AIDS virus...."

Horny teenagers in goofy clothes avert eco-disaster and triumph over the government.
Film Review  September 22, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...The seven core hooligans here look more like they just stepped out of a Ridley Scott/Gianni Versace/Anna Sui fashion explosion. Framed by an older, more conservatively attired hacker/security systems expert (Stevens) for a crime they didn't commit (something to do with a killer computer virus capable of capsizing a fleet of oil tankers), they must put aside their petty braggadocio and band together to, you know, save the world! Ridiculous it may seem … and overwhelmingly ridiculous it is, but Softley's lightning-fast editing and Blade Runner-meets-ClubKid-heaven sets manage to keep your mind off the glaring, frequent plot holes and on the screen where the action (and pretty, swirling colors) are..."

DVDanger: 'Byzantium,' 'Kiss of the Damned,' 'Nosferatu,' 'Aeon: The Last Vampyre on Earth'
Time for a real vampire weekend
DAILY Screens  November 17, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are two kinds of vampire. Sexy and pained, or a walking virus..."

Newsgeist: 2/25/11
The spirit of the news
DAILY News  February 25, 2011, by Eric Pickhartz
"...It's the end of the week, and here's your chance to brush up on daily topics with the Newsgeist. Click through to read about the Day of Rage, local virus spikes, and the new Macbook...."

Standing Witness
On living through the history of AIDS, and seeing a rising rate of infection
News Story  July 21, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...AIDS didn't hit Austin until several years after the destruction had already begun in California and New York. Like most trends, the virus took a little longer to travel inward from the coasts..."

about AIDS
Columns  October 10, 1997
"...Fighting a Virus with a Virus: A Futuristic Trojan Horse?..."

Coach's Corner
In search of the deadly Longhorn virus.
Columns  January 7, 2000, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...The malevolent virus first appeared on Oct. 2, though this is apparent only with the benefit of clear, unambiguous hindsight..."

Crisis Controversy
Columns  December 27, 1996
"...The "Page Two" article on e-mail (and computer) viruses [Vol. 16, No..."

C Sick
Eight years after the Chronicle's initial look in hepatitis C, Austin's music community is both better and worse
Music Story  November 24, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...Doyle Bramhall, one of Austin's first-generation white bluesmen and Stevie Ray Vaughan's writing partner, also found a terrible irony in the traditional method of treatment for the virus that's beaten him three times. "It was so strange," he agrees, "looking at a syringe again..."

The Growing Chorus
Sex, Drugs & Hepatitis C
Music Story  August 21, 1998, by Greg Beets
"...Up to a third of the people diagnosed with hepatitis C don't know when, how, or from whom they got it. We do know the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread primarily through infected blood..."

Season of Risk
What can be done to stop the rising rate of HIV in Austin?
News Story  May 21, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"...In comparison to AZT – the first HIV antiviral medication approved by the FDA in 1987 – Truvada is being hailed as a miracle drug. Known as a "combination therapy," two medications make up Truvada, which is used in conjunction with additional drugs to fight against the HIV virus..."

I Am Legend
After a terrific start marked by the film's striking views of a desolate Manhattan island, Will Smith's mostly solo action movie devolves into a monster-movie malaise.
Film Review  December 14, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Dash Mihok, Darrell Foster, April Grace and Joanna Numata. In a bit of black irony any cynic would have to appreciate, the virus that decimates the world’s population in I Am Legend is the result of an unforeseen reaction to a miraculous new cancer vaccine..."

To Your Health
The SARS outbreak terrifies me, and I want to do what I can to protect myself. Are there any nutrients that might help?
Columns  May 9, 2003, by James Heffley, Ph.D.
"...There is no vaccine against SARS, and currently no antiviral drugs are consistently successful in treating SARS. Medical scientists around the world are fairly sure that the cause is a "corona" virus, so called because it looks like there is a halo or crown around it when viewed under an electron microscope..."

About AIDS
Columns  February 21, 2003, by Sandy Bartlett
"...Actually, for almost 15 years we've known that newly infected people are more likely to transmit HIV, compared with people in later stages of the disease, and they still look and feel completely healthy. Initially the virus is growing unchecked in the body, and the infected person has a very high viral level..."

Beat Currencies
In a look at some recently reprinted classic works by the Beats, Chronicle writer Dale Smith examines why being on the road was such a dangerous place -- and why it no longer is.
Books Story  August 3, 2001, by Dale Smith
"...Written before news of the AIDS epidemic had become widely known, Burroughs writes with prophetic intuition of a sexually transmitted virus. In what is partly a detective story, partly sci-fi, characters debate "the wisdom of introducing Virus B-23 into contemporary America and Europe..."

An Immense World of Delight
It used to be a commonplace of moralists that man was the only creature in the animal kingdom to slaughter his own kind. But as Chronicle writer Roger Gathman points out, kind is slaughtered by kind routinely among ants, salamanders, and, as any child can tell you, guppies. The golden rule, in nature, is not "do unto others" -- it is "why waste the protein?"
Books Story  June 30, 2000, by Roger Gathman
"...Jones takes it for granted that all creatures great and small are caught within the meshes of the great evolutionary machine. He begins the book with the story of one of those creatures -- the HIV virus..."

Why We Listen to What They Say
Screens Story  April 22, 1999, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...Earlier in this decade, he was a raver and explorer of psychedelics who was with Timothy Leary when he died, but these days, he is perhaps the most influential nonacademic media theorist in the United States. Through his books, especially Media Virus and the upcoming Coercion, he has explored how media new and old cultivate, manipulate, and coerce the collective will...."

About AIDS
Columns  September 25, 1998
"...We've been getting lots of questions lately: "What's this about a new kind of AIDS?" First, there is not a "new kind of AIDS." It's the same old AIDS that results from infection with a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. What's new is that French scientists working in the African country of Cameroon have identified a new strain of HIV that doesn't fit neatly into the existing HIV families...."

About AIDS
Columns  August 22, 1997
"...In June, a world-level research conference held in Florida examined the issues of drug resistance, treatment techniques, and eliminating the virus from the body. The theme was clear: keeping HIV under control remains, as the journal Science put it, "a daunting challenge."..."

he glowing, blue
Columns  February 16, 1996
"...We know a second party can't be exposed to the HIV virus through casual contact. Shaking hands, hugging, breathing the same air, being sneezed on, none of these day-to-day things can infect someone with AIDS..."

An HIV-Free Generation?
New clinic to help city, county eradicate HIV
News Story  July 26, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...And the timing couldn't be better. On June 20, Austin and Travis County together pledged to achieve 90-90-90 – that is, 90% of all county residents living with HIV know of their diagnosis; 90% of those diagnosed with HIV getting onto sustained treatment; and 90% of people on sustained treatment having an undetectable viral load (meaning they can no longer transmit the virus) – by 2020...."

Austin Recommits to AIDS Epidemic
90-90-90 status targeted by 2020
News Story  June 21, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...The goal: achieve 90-90-90 status by 2020. That's 90% of all Austinites living with HIV will know their status; 90% of residents living with HIV receive sustained treatment; 90% of people on sustained treatment will have an undetectable viral load (meaning they can no longer pass on the virus)..."

Start Trekkin'
The Heroes of Comedy boldly go where no troupe has gone before
Arts Story  May 6, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The cast of eight, working their narrative from the suggestions "android," "Cleveland," "abortion," and "nonexistent," wove a tale of insurrection via the weaponizing of a deadly "bio-robotic" virus. Scene after scene, with different combinations of characters, shamelessly low-tech set changes, and impressively impromptu lighting and sound, drove the story of how the captain (a charismatic and astonishingly clever Shatner-channeler named Ben Sterling) and crew of the Starship Dead Bird struggled against the evil machinations of a power-mad, virus-wielding synthetic human who'd taken over a space station as a prelude to galactic conquest..."

To Your Health
I want to try supplementing with quercetin to help my allergies. How much should I take?
Columns  October 24, 2003, by James Heffley, Ph.D.
"...There are several other nutrients that will help allergies, healing, and circulation, but quercetin has a unique potential. Quercetin, in common with certain medications used to treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a "reverse transcriptase inhibitor." The AIDS virus is a "retrovirus," and unlike our body cells it passes its genetic material on to its offspring in the form of RNA rather than DNA..."

About AIDS
Columns  April 4, 2003, by Sandy Bartlett
"...New Drug Offers Exciting Option for Some HIVers The most revolutionary new anti-HIV drug development since 1995 passed FDA muster March 13 with the approval of Fuzeon, offering added hope for some HIV+ people whose virus has already become resistant to the existing drugs. Roche/Trimeris' Fuzeon (FEW-zee-on), also known experimentally as T-20 or generically as enfuvirtide, is the first of a whole new class of drugs called fusion inhibitors, the first new class since protease inhibitors debuted seven years ago...."

A 6-year-old critic pronounces kidsActing's latest production of Cyberella to be "the best show ever," but even her jaded reviewer has to admit that its update on "Cinderella" boasts a playful script, top-notch production values, and a young cast and the cast that really delivers song after song.
Arts Review  July 12, 2002, by Robi Polgar
"...Boyd plays the scheming secretarial character with more than just a twist of Machiavellian mischief, and, as Ari points out, she can sing, too. Topping the list of favorites, however, is Caitlin Garner as the wicked Elle Virus, a cyber-world character with cyberpunk minions infecting software and destroying hard drives the world over..."

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