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Rube Goldberg Spins in Grave, Invents Coolest Coffin Ever
Notes on Rube Goldberg and "The Collector"
"...Let's get one thing straight: We love, love, love Rube Goldberg. The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, engineer, and inventor..."

July 23, 2009 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

The Collection
This follow-up to the horror/torture film The Collector seeks to mold a new franchise.
"...of surgical devices, drugs, and a vast array of Rube Goldberg-styled mechanical contraptions. How this character could feasibly have..."

Dec. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Final Destination
This new addition to the ongoing film series takes a terrific premise and turns it ho-hum.
"...the most convoluted and elliptical set-pieces this side of Rube Goldberg. In that sense, the series offers more escapist,..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Saw V
Jigsaw and his traps live on for another installment of demented torture.
"...various reprobates into so much human steak tartare. Keeping Rube Goldberg's evil twin Jigsaw (Bell) in the game –..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Saw IV
Jigsaw died in Saw III but here we get to witness his autopsy, stem to stern, thus giving him not only the last laugh, but Being and Nothingness, as well.
"...The series' increasingly outlandish forays into the mindset of Rube Goldberg's evil twin, coupled with the dessicated Bell's equally..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mouse Hunt
"...and adults both will howl at Lane and Evans' Rube Goldberg-esque shenanigans, as they struggle to keep dignity in..."

Dec. 19, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Final Destination 2
"...difficult to say with any certainty whether or not Rube Goldberg would have enjoyed this gross-out teen horror film,..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

'Chronicle' Was Wrong
"...twice suggested that the entire concept was designed by Rube Goldberg. As I said at the recent dinner honoring..."

Feb. 11, 2014 Postmarks

Ne Zha
Chinese animated legend tells a recognizable story with gusto
"...rebellious teenage villagers who scheme of a series of Rube Goldberg-esque traps to stop Nezha from tearing up the..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Ice Age: Collision Course
Latest entry of the series is overstuffed and meandering
"...hurtling toward his homeworld. Scrat’s cosmic misadventures are a Rube Goldberg-ian blast, but back on Earth, Manny the Mammoth..."

July 22, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Boxtrolls
The third time isn't the charm for this animated film from the studio that gave us the magical Coraline and ParaNorman.
"...Cheesebridge and assembling their own ingenious devices à la Rube Goldberg. There’s a puppy-love romance between Eggs and Winnie..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Collector
From the writer and director of Saw 4-6 comes this horror film about a handyman who tries to rob his employers' home but finds it rigged with a lethal maze.
"...These include, in no particular order, a series of Rube Goldberg-esque mantraps secreted around the house. Cue the family's..."

July 31, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Captivity, wherein 24's Elisha Cuthbert is abducted and tortured, is the kind of film that gives torture porn a bad name; it's just soulless, hateful, and freakishly monotonous.
"...which at the very least has its own skewed, Rube Goldberg sensibility to it (ditto that for the Final..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Final Destination 3
It’s not going to nab any golden statuettes, mind you, but this shocker takes such exuberant, gleeful delight in the unspeakably gory dispatch of assorted teenagers that it may well be the most fun you’ll have at the movies all week.
"...unobvious minutiae, or, as I like to call it, Rube Goldberg. When a septet of high school grads skips..."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy doesn't make the attraction between the characters played by Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom believable and then goes off in dozens more unprofitable directions.
"...founder Phil Knight.) Adding to his woes, Drew’s ingenious, Rube Goldberg-esque suicide attempt is aborted when his sister Heather..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula
"...Virgin Megastore; Van Helsing's weaponry is straight out of Rube Goldberg's Arsenal of Wonder; and Jeri Ryan, as one..."

Dec. 29, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

House Arrest
"...take a few wires and leftover toys and concoct Rube Goldberg gadgets to make McGyver weep. But the true..."

Aug. 23, 1996 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Blown Away
"...fuse for the largest bomb of all is a Rube Goldberg delight made from a child's colorful marble and..."

July 1, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

New Austin Music You Can Enjoy at Home
What we’re spending our time with
" Adobo. The singer's versatile pitch leads a bubbly Rube Goldberg machine of interlocking jazz, bossa nova, and math-rock..."

April 17, 2020 Music Feature by Rachel Rascoe

Lege Lines: Does Texas Really Need a Special Session
Save for the sunset bill, does Texas really need a special session?
" essential, the Guv has fashioned himself a political Rube Goldberg machine: Once the sunset bill gets passed by..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

"En Bola" at de stijl
The pairings of artists in this Los Outsiders exhibition yield works that are at once chaotic and harmonious, loud and quiet
"...Harrington's Take a Peek Version 1 is a hilarious Rube Goldberg-esque snarl, a mash-up of items – pencils, sunglasses,..."

July 7, 2017 Arts Review by Sam Anderson-Ramos

Attic Ted
"...San Marcos collective warbles and groans like a living Rube Goldberg device hopped up on ergot alkaloids as they..."

Nov. 25, 2016 Music Review by Greg Beets

Page Two: Pay-to-Play City Politics
When it comes to Austin's independent businesses, the City too often is part of the problem
"...this is exactly the wrong approach. It leaves the Rube Goldberg contraption in place...."

Oct. 7, 2016 Column by Louis Black

DVDanger: Monsterland
Creature feature anthology, plus The Funhouse Massacre
"...“Curiosity Kills” by Sander Maran is an impressively DayGlo Rube Goldberg creation about baked beans, mutated pet mice, and..."

June 18, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Good Eye: She of Many Hats (and Antlers)
Learn a little more about the woman who parties like it's 1929
"...a button on an iPod. It's almost like a Rube Goldberg machine."..."

Aug. 15, 2014 Column by Amy Gentry

DVD Watch: '24 Exposures'
Joe Swanberg on filmmaker obsessions tops this week's releases
"..."Chow and his signature slapstick style owe more to Rube Goldberg than Joseph Campbell." Read our full review here..."

May 27, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 City Council Stories
Redistricting, affordable housing, and more
"...a couple of decades, seven city votes, and a Rube Goldberg mapping process – a grownup city now has..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Parkour and Slapstick Comedy Combine in 'Journey to the West'
Here's hoping Stephen Chow's latest makes its way west
"...Chow and his signature slapstick style owe more to Rube Goldberg than Joseph Campbell...."

Sept. 23, 2013 Screens Post by Dan Gentile

News Ticker: July 15
All the news that's fit to blog
"...meetings will focus on the logistics of building a Rube Goldberg device for deciding who should decide on said..."

July 15, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

'Chronicle' Should Take City Redistricting More Seriously

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