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DVDanger: The Atticus Institute
Or, in defense of found footage and mockumentaries
"...sub par romantic comedies would emerge every summer. By contrast, this decade has become a quagmire of supernatural found..."

Jan. 24, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Housecore Horror Live Shot: Saturday Part 2
King Parrot squawk, Author & Punisher grinds, Neurosis evolves
"...aching knees on day two of the Housecore Horror Film Festival – inevitable toll of Emo’s unyielding concrete floor..."

Oct. 26, 2014 Music Post by Richard Whittaker

When Jimmy Comes Out, Go Crazy
Crowd's-eye-view of a 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in Austin taping
"...Which was a marked contrast to the show's star. Kimmel has a kind of..."

March 14, 2014 Screens Post by Robert Faires

SXSW Film Review: 'Frank'
Michael Fassbender rewrites an icon of British outsider art
"...In contrast, Scoot McNairy as engineer/manager Don is the damaged hero,..."

March 12, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Thanatomorphose and Dead Weight
Two indie horrors tackle how the living contend with death
"...For every restriction that comes with indie horror film making – budgets, scale, resources – there's one big..."

Jan. 25, 2014 Screens Post

DVDanger: What's Your Point of View?
For Halloween, some beastly releases of the haunting month
"...Short stories and short films are the arguably native form of horror. Just long..."

Oct. 20, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Reviews You Can Use
Find the gray area in 'The New Black,' or explore sweeping panoramas and unbridgeable divides in 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On'
"...The film follows brash Andy (Denny) as she travels from L.A...."

Oct. 11, 2013 Screens Feature by Brandon Watson

Feeding the 'Afflicted'
Clif Prowse and Derek Lee have a new angle on found footage
"...Fantastic Fest. Coming in after being acquired by CBS films, it swept the board at the awards in the..."

Sept. 24, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Who's Afraid of 'Big Bad Wolves'?
Wolfing down the new Israeli horror from Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales
"...you ask director Navot Papushado, he says, "This whole film is about fatherhood."..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
"...In one of Richards' dispatches from this year's Festival, he took a minute to write about what may..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

DVDanger: 'American Mary'/'Ninja III: The Domination'
The changing POV of the female revenge flick
"...stands as a moment of glorious lunacy in a festival that prides itself on its insanity. The disc can't..."

June 15, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Somebody Up There Likes Bob Byington
The writer-director talks about his fifth feature
"...For most independent filmmakers, this development – a reversal of fortunes for a..."

April 5, 2013 Screens Feature by Shawn Badgley

The Cirque(us) Comes to Town
And they aren't the only clowns roaming Downtown
"...The Tuesday between SXSW Film + Interactive and SXSW Music is always a strange..."

March 13, 2013 SXSW Post by Andy Campbell

Smart Growth
Reflecting on 20 years of South by Southwest Interactive Festivals
"...hard to imagine South by Southwest without the Interactive Festival. For years, though, Interactive was treated as something of..."

March 1, 2013 Screens Feature by Monica Riese

DVD Watch: 'Fat Kid Rules the World'
Matthew Lillard's directorial debut has a big heart
"...Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki of Sundance 2011 hit Terri)..."

Jan. 22, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVD Watch: 'V/H/S'
Found footage anthology from the mumblecore crowd and friends
"...The micro-budget chapter film deals in found footage terror. It makes sense. "We..."

Dec. 4, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Seeing Is Believing
'The Rep' charts the slow death of cinema-going
"...idea what they were getting themselves into. Nor did filmmaker Morgan White, who approached them shortly after opening weekend..."

Oct. 19, 2012 Screens Feature by Leah Churner

Where Do We Go Now?
This Lebanese film looks at what might happen to the area’s ancient religious conflicts if women ruled the region.
"...of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, this Lebanese film looks at what..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Cable Guy: Paul Scheer
We get in 'League' with Paul Scheer
"...the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, hosts a biweekly film appreciation podcast, "How Does This Get Made?", and appears..."

June 1, 2012 Screens Feature by Leah Churner

Blue Like Jazz
Based on the bestseller by Donald Miller, this is the story of a Texas-raised Southern Baptist who finds maturity on the liberal campus of Reed College in Portland, Ore.
"...More open-minded than the current crop of come-home-to-Jesus films, Blue Like Jazz is nevertheless not nearly as tolerant..."

April 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Off the Record
SXSW news and carryings-on
"...Daytrotter isn't alone rolling tape at Good Danny's. Following filming at both the Austin City Limits Music Festival and..."

March 16, 2012 Music Feature by Austin Powell

Party on the Patio
Live review of ZZ Top's 1st Annual La Grange Fest.
"...Austin Record Convention up on North Lamar, the Austin Film Festival’s pint-sized Pirate of the Caribbean took local gawkers..."

Oct. 24, 2011 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Kid Powers
Charlie Belle kicks up some Magnetic Fields buzz
"...Campbell's phone interview with Merritt, conducted shortly before the film opened here in November of last year...."

Sept. 23, 2011 Screens Post by Cindy Widner

Space Invaders on a Shoestring Budget
Monsters is the best monster movie of the millennium (so far)
"...by sheer virtue of directorial pluck (it's Edwards' first film out of the gate) and producerial luck (rumored budget:..."

Oct. 29, 2010 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Chasing Amy
Painting lamps, chasing elephants, and singing with Alejandro Escovedo: Amy Cook jumps into the pool
"...A trip here for the Austin City Limits Music Festival got to her. She arrived in town and called..."

April 9, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Off the Record
Checking out of South by Southwest 2010 and paying final respects to Big Star's Alex Chilton
"...cat dragged into Perez Hilton's hyperexclusive bash, a stark contrast to the blunt rhymes of immediate predecessor Snoop Dogg...."

March 26, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

City Hall Hustle: Austin Interacts
It was that other mayor who jumped off bridges
"...by South­west Interactive this year has to be the Festival itself: the massive swell of the size and breadth..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Have You Heard the Dish?
The ambivalent state of political journalism
"...so it must be worth reading. (There's an HBO film in the works as well.) By contrast, Death and..."

March 12, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Naked If I Want To
Magnum opus on one of rock & roll's Rosetta Stones: 1967's Moby Grape
"...or Walkmans, much less the Internet, downloading, iPods, music festivals, extensive rock music media, and rock on TV (except..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Music Feature by Louis Black

Words Are Bonds
Worlds intersect at the 17th annual Austin International Poetry Festival
"...wading through the crowds for all the various music, film, interactive, theatre, crawfish, kite, and grumpy-donkey festivals that pop..."

April 17, 2009 Books Feature by Michael Agresta

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