Frank Erwin Center
"...Starring: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari and Ves Vierikko. Minimalism reaches new heights in Finnish director Kaurismaki's 1990 film The Match Factory Girl..."
"...Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Shawn Hatosy, Mena Suvari, Jimmy Fallon, Illeana Douglas, Armin Amiri, Beth Grant, Edward Herrman and Hayden Christensen. Who is this generation's It Girl? And does it deserve one? There's an argument to be made for Paris Hilton, whose absurdist antics in the public eye reach up, into, and ultimately beyond the crass cookie jar of pop culture detritus, a persona that pays cheap, brassy coinage to Factory Girl subject Edie Sedgwick while at the same time making Warhol's poor little rich girl seem downright classy by comparison..."
"...Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear and Aubrey Woods. One way to judge the success of James and the Giant Peach might be to note that the re-release of Roald Dahl's other notable novel-cum-movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has been pushed up from mid-summer to mid-May..."
"...Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee. When Charlie Bucket (Highmore) wins one of five golden tickets and thereby an invitation to visit the chocolate factory of reclusive candy-man Willy Wonka (Depp), he takes along Grandpa Joe (Kelly) and embarks on a delightfully perverse jaunt through not only the factory but also the bizarre mind of Wonka himself..."
"...Auteur is obviously a loaded term, but it's unavoidable when referring to Papagajka. Premiering at SXSW, the movie is the result of writer/director Emma Rozanski's studies at the experimental Sarajevo Film Factory, a school founded by Hungarian black-and-white hero Béla Tarr when he retired from filmmaking in 2011 after the release of The Turin Horse...."
"...The Heckle Factory show at Austin's New Movement Theatre encourages the audience to snark out loud, to give those stage-seasoned laff-mongers what for, right there in the middle of a set. They've done it a few times before, and they're doing it again this Friday night at 10:30pm..."
"...The problem is that the meat, eggs, and dairy that are marketed to us as "wholesome" foodstuffs by such giants as Tyson, Smithfield, and Borden are actually produced in mammoth, mega-messy, monstrous factory farms. Known by the baleful industrial acronym CAFO, these Confined Animal Feeding Operations amount to animal concentration camps...."
"...What a week it's been for FactoryPeople, the upscale south-side retailer: First, owners Le and Thomas Popov are profiled as "grupsters," or hipster parents. (Talk about your oxymorons.) Then someone pretends their changing room is the old Cinema West theatre, from back before South Congress was "SoCo." Now, after one of their South by Southwest afterparties was broken up by the fire department, the Popovs penned a missive for Austinist, claiming SXSW HQ may have had a hand in the shutdown: "SXSW has sustained a reputation for being imperial and difficult to deal with for years..."
"...Dear Editor, If there were a chemical factory downtown spewing out hellish filth, poisoning bars and restaurants, slowly killing everyone inside, would you say, "We can't say anything about that. It will take money away from the community..."
"...Now, Human Code also does other stuff. For instance, a segment called the CD Factory, which prepares businesses to create their own interactive CD-ROM titles to be used as interactive publicity or in-house training tools, just spun off into a separate business..."
"...It's on that floor you'll find Capital Factory, Austin's Easy-Bake Oven for tech start-ups – small companies founded on little more than an idea and sound wi-fi. More than 150 such companies office within the 25,000-square-foot co-working space, and some 400 workers plug in..."
"...Tortilla Factory birthed a new kind of Latin soul from 1973 into the 1980s, somewhere between Doug Sahm's Westside San Antonio gang and Santana. Funkier than but closely related to the 1960s Latino hybrid of Chicano soul (see "A Browner Shade of Black," Dec..."
"...The comedy this time is on a broader scale, spread out among more characters and targeted more toward human follies than cultural institutions. Bateman plays Joel, Judge’s everyman, who is the owner of a factory that produces food flavorings of his own invention..."
"...There was only one print available. Ondine, one of the most legendary members of the Factory and a star of the film, had it..."
"...There was only one print available. Ondine, one of the most legendary members of the Factory and a star of the film, had it..."
"...Why? For the wife abuse and the adultery? For the unflattering portrait of rural life and the downcast ending? Set in China of the 1920s (a safe, pre-revolutionary time) the movie tells the story of a woman named Ju Dou (Gong Li). She is the third wife of Jinshan (Li Wei), an old unpleasant owner of a dye factory..."
"...Bubble is the first film to be made and released through this arrangement. The film is a modest story about three workers in a doll factory in a small town in Ohio, near the West Virginia border..."
"...Capital Factory's Accelerator program launched in 2009 with a mission to help incubate local start-ups by providing funding, resources, and perhaps most importantly, access to experienced mentors from across Austin's technological and entrepreneurial community. The inaugural class contained five companies that debuted that fall with presentations at Capital Factory's Demo Day...."
"...The Brooklyn, NY-based company Factory 25 describes itself as a distributor of "indie niche projects." Further aiming to travel any road but the middle, the distributor states that both high- and low-concept films and music have a home at the label. A new Austin Film Society series spotlights three of the company's films...."
"...Directed by: Jennifer Baichwal. At some point during Manufactured Landscapes' eight-minute opening tracking shot of a hangar-sized factory in China, you may get the sensation you’re in uncharted waters..."
"...This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight Zone. Alexei (Filatov) is a Moscow engineer who arrives at a small town factory for a scheduled appointment only to find no one expecting him..."
"...Built like an ox, his bloodshot eyes narrowing to blasted-out pupils, Jackman is commanding as the former convict Jean Valjean, who hides his past as Prisoner 24601 under an alias to become a factory owner devoted to God and the well-keep of his workers. Soon, the closing-in of his onetime jailer, Inspector Javert (Crowe), forces a spiritual crisis and yet another flight from the law..."
"...Deneuve has the leading role as Suzanne Pujol, the trophy wife of the title (which is how the word “potiche” is translated). She is married to a rich, sexist adulterer (Luchini), who owns the umbrella factory that was founded by Suzanne’s father and was part of the dowry she brought to the marriage..."
"...It's nothing of the sort at all, but if you've seen The Full Monty (or Waking Ned Devine or Calendar Girls or Billy Elliot) then this film's surprises will be few and far between, although no less pleasant for it. It's difficult to make a film so ingratiating and unashamedly bountiful in its clichés without also making it a snooze for those of us who know what's coming – pretty much anyone with a knack for Obvious Plotting 101 – but Jarrold, a staple of British television, manages it with no small aid from his fine cast (including Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost as a factory-floor cad)..."
"...24 Hour Party People -- which cheekily touches on all the above to one degree or another -- is one of the most purely entertaining films about (for want of a better term) pop music in years. Mixing the hedonistic comic folly of Trainspotting with the sort of dry, wry British wit usually found stateside on various BBC America programs, 24 Hour Party People is the story of Tony Wilson, a young charisma-dripper and bon vivant who, in the late Seventies, founded Factory Records, and from there forever altered the musical landscape of Great Britain (and the world)..."
"...Accident, a comedy about … hmmm … this one's tougher. Serious plays Roger Crumpkin, an accident-prone maintenance man at an egg factory, which is secretly infusing all its eggs with nicotine..."
"...It's rough stuff, and Dancer in the Dark may be his roughest of all, a bitter confection chock-full of rusty barbs and a woeful, inexorable slide into doom and worse. Set in Washington state in the mid-1960s, the titular dancer is Selma, a musical-loving factory worker played by pixie-esque Icelandic chanteuse Björk..."
"...But it's not. We're in Marseilles and the characters meet when Jeannette (Ascaride) steals some paint cans from the soon-to-be dismantled cement factory that Marius (Meylan) patrols as a security guard..."
"...But his old man, y'see don't understand. Wants the lad to stay on at the factory 'cause the money's steady, innit? Though little does 'e realize the mill's actually about to be shut down..."
"...Now Liliane works in a pâté factory, applying garnish to loaves at a conveyor belt pace. She seems pretty well resigned to this life of lonely monotony, until new guy Jean (Azaïs), a temp worker and professional boxer, shows up..."
"...Batali employs some creative spin to show how tasty trash fish can be made desirable to customers: Like a drug dealer, give them the first taste free. The Yoplait Yogurt factory in Murfreesboro, Tenn., captures its waste and converts it into electricity..."
"...Mia Madre’s Margherita (Buy) makes socially responsible films; her latest is about factory workers on strike. She has little patience for her lead, a mercurial American actor named Barry (Turturro), forever flubbing his Italian-language lines, and the unruly production is getting away from her..."
"...But there is the kind of familiarity that feels epic – worth revisiting because the material is so rich, and so ripe for riffing on. And then there is the kind of familiarity that just feels tired, and sad, and factory-engineered..."
"...As the family turns the house into a "wife factory," intent on marrying off the girls before some tryst renders them "spoiled" (there is more than one scene depicting a doctor doing a "virginity report"), the girls rebel in various ways. There is much joy to be found in this lashing out, sneaking off to a soccer game or meeting up with a boyfriend, but throughout these scenes, there is an undercurrent of dread, of the girls getting caught, of the punishment ever lurking in the wings..."
"...Now in its third season, the show has become a viral-video factory, crowding Facebook feeds with clips that aren’t just funny but brilliantly bracing in their puncturing of societal assumptions about attractiveness. In May, an entire episode was devoted to the question of whether Schumer was fuckable enough to be on TV, posed as a 22-minute-long parody of 12 Angry Men..."
"...He fared better with the fun, faux-epic bombast of 2011’s Thor, which dovetailed in its own way with his previous work spoon-feeding Shakespeare to the masses. Shadow Recruit has no such ambitions: Branagh might as well have opened a can and dumped it on a plate, the ridges of a factory-line production still perfectly hatched on a gelatinous cylinder of crud...."
"...And that’s okay. Novelist Nicholas Sparks has built an empire chunking out exactly that kind of waterlogged romance, and Hollywood has been more than happy to send his bestsellers down the factory line toward multiplexes..."
"...For the past 30 years, Kiefer has been primarily working to transform an abandoned, 86-acre silk factory into his own private exhibition space/performance piece. With its claustrophobic and moribund interiors contrasting with the natural, airy, sunlit world outside (where Kiefer and a small army of assistants stoke a medieval-looking forge to create much of what lies within), this studio complex just outside of Barjac, in the south of France, is at once ominous, threatening, and elegiac..."
"...This Easter-themed hybrid of live action and digital animation is a confectioner’s delight (most literally in the case of such companies as Hershey’s and Peeps) and should, perhaps, carry an advance warning to diabetics. Hop posits a world in which the Easter Bunny runs a vibrantly pastel, below-ground, Wonka-esque candy factory staffed by fluffy yellow chicks (the avian kind) on – where else? – Easter Island..."
"...And, most importantly, he makes his case with heartfelt cogency. No screaming end-of-days Fox News-styled fear factory this: Lomborg's arguments are decidedly convincing and, in the end, remarkably doable..."
"...This is a story about the economic fallout of globalization. Look no further than those boxes of garments stamped “Made in China” that we see in the corners of Changhua and Suqin’s sewing factory..."
"...Blige, Kwesi Boakye, Frederick Siglar and Gladys Knight. One could, rather uncharitably, point out that Perry, a veritable one-man movie factory, has previously done bad, all by his bad self, in some of his previous critically reviled productions..."
"...The individual stories seem tailored toward making points rather than creating realistic characters and situations. At the center of the drama is Ford’s Max Brogan, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who’s having trouble sleeping at night after busting a Mexican seamstress in a California factory, whose son will be cast to the streets after she is deported without him..."
"...It's a fish-out-of-water comedy formerly known as Chilled in Miami – one of several interesting facts related in a recent New Yorker piece by Tad Friend about movie marketing. The article also poses the age-old question: How do you market a piece of crap? The answer, as ever, is to dress up said crap as something else – in this case, something funny, something sexy, something about the life lessons imparted on a stumbling exec in 4-inch heels (Zellweger) when she arrives in small-town Minnesota to shake up its underproducing factory..."
"...Ghosts, like the poor, are always with us, as Sydney soon discovers via her new, blurry vision, but only one notable set-piece from the Pang Brothers' film succeeds as well here. Most unforgivably, this Eye culminates not with the mounting dread and spectacular tragedy of the original film's decidedly downbeat vision but with the trademark LASIK laziness of Hollywood's stylistically blank remake factory..."
"...Boy meets girl, postapocalypse. Esma, meanwhile, splits her time between working nights in a mob-run discotheque and days in a cavernous shoe factory..."
"...Darwin’s Nightmare explores the myriad interstitial connections, the causes and the effects, and the end result of globalism on the people it was presumed to help. The prognosis is beyond ghastly, moving via Sauper’s exhausting interviews with the local populace, workers, factory management, prostitutes, the Western industrialists, and, most tellingly, the pilots of the massive Russian-made cargo planes that fly out tonnage after tonnage of Nile perch fillets every single day..."
"...Zhou Yu's Train is one of the most romantic and modern movies to come out of present-day China. It tells the story of Zhou Yu (Li), a young woman who works as an artisan in a factory painting enamel vases..."
"...Director Yu (Bride of Chucky) saturates each frame with dramatic sprays of blood and gore; the squibs are as majestic as the fountains of Bellagio. That’s well and good, but Yu’s kinetic shooting style, honed in the Hong Kong action factory, is ill-suited to the slasher sequences..."
"...By day, Joey builds eel traps to help Sissel's father in a half-baked scheme of selling eel to sushi joints. Sissel, who seems to realize before Joey that their love will not last forever, takes a job at the local sugar factory -- mostly out of boredom..."