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We Were Soldiers
"...Barry Pepper, Josh Daugherty, Chris Klein, Greg Kinnear, Madeleine Stowe and Sam Elliott. Based on the book We Were..."

March 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Here We Go Yet Again
Michael Ventura revisits his "Letters at 3am" Columbine column
"...themselves. I looked up that column again after 17 were murdered at a Florida high school, the umpteenth school..."

Feb. 16, 2018 Chronolog Post by Michael Ventura

Who We Are
The 'Chronicle' interviews Howard Zinn on war, peace, and human nature
"...us to the war in Iraq; 2) What are we supposed to do now? Among the scholars convening in..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Feature by Diana Welch

'You Were Our Father, A Veteran and So Full of Desperation'
Short Story Contest: Third place
"...of the 27th, the commander and leader of Continental soldiers declined his usual private breakfast and hot bath. He..."

Feb. 4, 2011 Books Feature by Kyle R M

Tolls = Dead Soldiers, It's All the Same
"...the initiation of the war in Iraq but that we could not withdraw until there was a functioning democratic..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Postmarks

Terrorists Not Soldiers
"...thing in authorizing the assassination of Osama bin Laden. However, there is a bit of a dilemma in explaining..."

May 9, 2011 Postmarks

The Facts Were Immaterial
The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin
"...at the time and long unseen, the three papers were recently discovered in a cache of declassified FBI documents...."

June 7, 2013 News Feature by Dale Brumfield

Bring Soldiers Home
"...been killed needlessly in the war in Iraq. They were put in harm's way by a commander in chief..."

Sept. 13, 2004 Postmarks

From the Vaults: Kathryn Bigelow Soldiers On
'The Hurt Locker' Oscar-winner was robbed of a 'Zero Dark Thirty' nom
"...This week when the Oscar nominations were announced, Kathryn Bigelow was..."

Jan. 11, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Restrepo
This documentary, which chronicles the 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers, is an example of photojournalism at its finest.
"...15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers of the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade...."

July 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Letters at 3AM
War movies are back ... but they don't make them like they used to.
"...Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, and next week's We Were Soldiers may be as close as noncombatants..."

Feb. 22, 2002 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Even though 2002 was an exceptional year for American cinema, American art has never been more marginalized, ghettoized, and controlled, than it is today.
"...year in cinema. (My list neglected the unusually honest We Were Soldiers and Diane Lane's fine work in Unfaithful;..."

Jan. 10, 2003 Column by Michael Ventura

Hacksaw Ridge
A pacifist goes to war in Mel Gibson's brutal film
"...Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh...."

Nov. 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Point Austin: In Memoriam
How can we best honor those who have died in our names?
"...same bitter logic, the U.S. government must love dead soldiers and bereaved families, because it continues to manufacture both..."

May 29, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Res Publica
This week's civic agenda, Aug. 28-Sept. 4
"...WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM features a presentation on the changing..."

Aug. 29, 2008 News Feature

Letters at 3AM
Our national self-doubt and self-conflict are nothing new, but what is new, in the last 40 years or so, is a state of confused and conflicted values. It is the signature of our era that we live in a world so unstable that its limits may be tested merely by a bumper sticker.
"...front of me sported quite a bumper sticker: SORRY WE MISSED CHURCH, WE WERE BUSY/LEARNING WITCHCRAFT AND BECOMING LESBIANS...."

Feb. 17, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

Everything Old Is New Again
A Texan's in the White House, we're in a quagmire war – and 'The Rag' returns to Austin
"...'What am I doing?'" It was dusk, on a weekday in the fall of 1974. Scott had recently quit..."

Sept. 2, 2005 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Welcome to Carnage Park
Director Mickey Keating's SXSW shocker reaches VOD
"...at a cost. “I wouldn’t recommend it,” said Keating. “We went out to Palm Springs, I thought no one..."

July 1, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Memorial Day Weekend Visit to Taylor Cafe
90-year-old WW II vet Vencil Mares still smoking meats in Taylor
"...The girlfriend and I were on our way north on Sunday, and we figured..."

June 5, 2014 Food Post by Mick Vann

Kitsch Kringle
What we really want when we want Santa
"...timeless song predicts for parents and children in the weeks before Christmas! The lyric writer assures us that, with..."

Dec. 8, 2006 Arts Feature by Nikki Moore

Soldier's Heart
Thousands of Iraq War veterans will come home to face serious psychological problems and a system unready to help them
"...to kill her. Kristin started yelling but Joshua's eyes were closed. He was still asleep...."

Dec. 24, 2004 News Feature by Dan Frosch

War Stories
From Austin to the Upper Peninsula to Afghanistan and back: Heather Courtney's long journey to arrive at Where Soldiers Come From
"...As the quiet real-life drama of Where Soldiers Come From unfolds, it's difficult not to be reminded..."

Oct. 7, 2011 Screens Feature by Cindy Widner

Land of Mine
A viscerally intense anti-war film
"...In May of 1945, the sandy beaches along the western coast of Denmark were crawling with defeated Nazi troops...."

March 17, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Stop the Loss
Austin veterans turn away from Iraq and war
"...he's been "stop-lossed," the U.S. Army's way of keeping soldiers enlisted beyond their original contract. Now Porter is eight..."

Dec. 19, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Letters From Iwo Jima
In his companion film to Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood again shows the process by which young soldiers become unwitting fodder for their country's war effort.
"...fall, Eastwood again shows the process by which young soldiers become unwitting fodder for their country's war effort. The..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Flags of Our Fathers
The first half of the film continues Clint Eastwood's ongoing deconstruction of America's hero myths but then detours into some uncharacteristically sentimental mulch.
"...course Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of six faceless soldiers – five Marines and one Navy Corpsman – raising..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gunner Palace
Uday Hussein's former pleasure palace is now home to an American artillery regiment, whose members we get to know from their poolside antics to their far more sobering responsibilities of patrolling Baghdad.
"...Field Artillery (nicknamed "the Gunners") must have felt they were part of something historic when they moved into the..."

March 18, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mein Krieg
"...consisting of film footage shot by six separate German Wehrmacht soldiers during WWII. These amateur filmmakers carried their home..."

March 18, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Anthropoid
True story of the plot to kill the architect of the Nazis' Final Solution
"...lot to be desired. The year is 1942, and we are dropped into Nazi-occupied Bohemia, as are our two..."

Aug. 12, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
"...Instead, he and his neighbors complained that when they were out driving, they got hassled to no end by..."

Oct. 6, 2017 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

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