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Austin Film Festival: Setting as a Character
Location, location, location
"...Some shows are memorable for certain characters. Others have insane plot twists. Some stick with us because..."

Oct. 25, 2014 Screens Post by Rod Machen

As Above/So Below
There are things in the catacombs beneath Paris that should remain underground.
"...The real-world catacombs beneath the streets of Paris are an..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

Get Your Shovels Out
How a local crew of diggers built the baddest Downtown dirt jumps in the country at the Ninth Street BMX Trails
"...Carl Lein wasn't looking to build the type of jumps you see today when he first..."

June 6, 2014 Sports Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Top 10 Festival Films You Haven't Seen Yet
The unreleased and the oddly evasive titles from 2013
"...One of the worst, nay, most depressing aspects of living in a..."

Jan. 5, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.
"...The 2003 film Oldboy by South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

DVDanger: 'Halloween'/'Prince of Darkness'/'Eyes Without a Face'
Three throwback horrors for your Halloween pleasure
"...When the sun goes down on All Hallow's Eve and you've..."

Oct. 29, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

'Disenchanted' Enchants
Austin-based Ren faire sitcom is just as funny as it sounds like it should be
"...There's nothing like the daily grind to really bring people..."

Oct. 18, 2013 Screens Feature by Monica Riese

Cockneys vs. Zombies
This bloody good zom-com stands out from the crowd of zombies recently invading our screens.
"...Guy Ritchie meeting George Romero for a bite with The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, this bloody good..."

Aug. 2, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Upstream Color
Shane Carruth's film is arthouse science fiction at its most compelling yet cryptic.
"...with Primer, a microbudgeted film about time travel in the Dallas suburbs that received a Grand Jury prize at..."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Arthur Christmas
The folks at Aardman Animation, who gave us Wallace & Gromit, seve up an instant – and funny – holiday classic.
"...The worst thing I can say about this sweet little..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bloody Beautiful Illusions
Alejandro Jodorowsky, surrealism's topo sangre, on Truth, Beauty, and the Internet
"...Alejandro Jodorowsky turns 82 on Feb. 7, he'll have the distinction of being, insofar as we know, the eldest..."

Jan. 14, 2011 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Car2Go Cheat Sheet
Insider tips from a Car2Go connoisseur
"...The light changes from green to yellow. I pull my..."

Dec. 31, 2010 News Feature by Kate X Messer

In Memory of Dennis Hopper
'A walkin' contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction'
"...There's a lot of wrong directions..."

June 4, 2010 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Hausu (House)
This 1977 Japanese film is a surreal, indefinable piece of horror/comedy, a must-see film for lovers of the inscrutable, the grotesque, the funky, and the eccentric.
"...Wanibuchi. You, my friend, lover that you are of the obscure, the grotesque, the inscrutable, and the just flat-out..."

May 21, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

She's Out of My League
An average guy finds the woman of his dreams, but his insecurities undermine the relationship.
"...typically attracts like: Terrifically good-looking people tend to date other terrifically good-looking people, while the rest of us mere..."

March 19, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Point Austin: We're All Flakes Here
It's not the sideshow candidates who should worry Texas voters
"...You know you have entered the twilight zone of Texas politics when Glenn Beck becomes..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Mike Judge, the writer/director of Office Space, mines the workplace for more satiric comedy.
"...Gene Simmons. Finally, one of Judge’s live-action movies is the recipient of a wide theatrical release and a full-court..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

TV Eye
Inauguration Day might not count officially as a national holiday, but it certainly feels like a brand-new day
"...with so many viewers eager to witness history in the making, maybe it should be. Jan. 20 is Inauguration..."

Jan. 16, 2009 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

512 + 1
Non-native filmmaker Kevin Ford got here as fast as he could
"..."Tomorrow is a new day, and the old ways are going to die off," says Jake,..."

May 9, 2008 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

One Missed Call
This American horror remake of Takashi Miike's eponymous Japanese original is a dud.
"...Takashi Miike's 2003 foray into technophobic Japanese horror – they're avoiding it in droves, and, judging by the nonexistent..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ron Livingston plays a lost soul in Cambodia who rescues a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, who has been sold as a prostitute by her parents.
"...a soft spot in my heart for Livingston. From the first time I saw him in Swingers right through..."

Nov. 30, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Southland Tales
Six years after Donnie Darko, filmmaker Richard Kelly returns with this incomprehensible, self-indulgent mess of post-apocalyptic anxiety, political paranoia, and pop-culture references.
"...Directed by: Richard Kelly. Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Boots and Suits, Scheming and Dreaming
The Wilson Brothers on The Wendell Baker Story
"...There will be no pictures of Luke or Andrew Wilson..."

May 18, 2007 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

A Nerd in King Vidiot's Court (or in Uncle Rico's Van)
Jon Gries will not pull a "Tiffany-mall-tour-type thing" and act above the crowd at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown; he will enjoy Napoleon Dynamite and Joysticks along with you
"...Ah, the many faces of Uncle Rico. The antisocial, unkempt brainiac..."

May 4, 2007 Screens Feature by Carson Barker

Mike Judge's underrated comedy Idiocracy is the story of a man who awakes 500 years in the future to find a society so dumbed-down that he instantly becomes the smartest person alive.
"...ago and now dumped by Twentieth Century Fox at the very end of the summer, with no advance word,..."

Sept. 8, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Just Another Manic Monday
The Alamo Drafthouse's music / film synergy: Music Mondays and more
"...Journey was the original emo band. Not emo in the "I hate..."

July 7, 2006 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

Visions Holy and Damned, Innocent and Experienced
The documentary 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston' – as well as this story – are just the latest attempts to make sense of his life and art
"...I Have to Live These Songs Forever..."

May 5, 2006 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Reel Paradise
This documentary shows what happens when famed producer’s rep/author/gadabout John Pierson convinces his family to move with him to Fiji, where, if all goes according to plan, he can leave behind the indie-film rat race, immerse himself in a completely foreign culture, and, best of all, screen all sorts of movies for the natives.
"...rep/author/gadabout John Pierson (his résumé includes key assistance to the early films of indie luminaries ranging from Spike Lee..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

El Crimen Perfecto
This new black comedy by Spanish absurdist De la Iglesia involves murder and the plight of a playboy blackmailed into marriage.
" without ever becoming truly hilarious. Rafael (Toledo) is the manager of the women’s clothing department, and he’s in..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Feels like a B-picture, but a smart, finely tuned one that wouldn’t have been out of place in Roger Corman’s mid-Seventies stable.
"...Evans, Jessica Biel, William H. Macy and Jason Statham. The Asian film industry – particularly those writer/directors toiling in..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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