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Counterculture Time Capsule
Forty years later, Les Blank's Leon Russell rock doc sees the light of day

March 13, 2015 Screens Feature by Lars Nilsen

The Other Side of the Wind
Should Orson Welles' last film have stayed lost?
"...that Hannaford is screening, a wordless look at Sixties counterculture starring a Native American woman (Kodar) and a leading..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Belladonna of Sadness
This transgressive animated film from 1973 Japan has been recently restored. Blending gorgeous, watercolor-infused Japanese landscapes with Western influences like Art Nouveau and Expressionism, the film tells the sexually outré and hallucinogenic story of two lovers in a feudal village.
"...up for an adventure into the LSD-influenced world of counterculture animation, Belladonna of Sadness is a curious artifact that,..."

May 13, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Best of Enemies
The 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal are legend
"...divisions into sharp focus. Hawks and doves, establishment and counterculture – it was a time for taking sides, and..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rumor Has It ...
Fans of The Graduate should skip this strange comedy, which posits that the real-life inspiration for counterculture icon Benjamin Braddock grew up to be a cheesy, brainless high tech zillionaire doing yoga and driving a Mercedes around Half Moon Bay.
"...strange comedy, which posits that the real-life inspiration for counterculture icon Benjamin Braddock grew up to be a cheesy,..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Profile of L.A. radio deejay Rodney Bingenheimer, perpetual handmaiden to rock & roll royalty.
"...figures in the history of L.A.’s rock & roll counterculture, a position that, while his radio show has been..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
"...blossomed into Ram Dass, spiritual teacher to a Sixties counterculture that responded to his invitation to “Be here now,”..."

Sept. 27, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Still Hazy After All These Years
The Seventies may be long gone, but counterculture comedian Tommy Chong is still here and still doing what he loves: smoking dope, playing music, and making people laugh.
"...you're personally responsible for historically archiving a slice of counterculture Americana?..."

April 21, 2000 Arts Feature

Cycling With the Psycos
Counterculture feminism in East L.A.
"...Latina community base living in East L.A. It's a counterculture feminist group primarily for women of color. "The reason..."

March 11, 2016 Screens Feature by Ashley Moreno

Cowboys vs. Hippies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Subtext
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre reflects Austin's culture in 1974
"...early Seventies, as a creation and expression of the counterculture, as a screaming response to the redneck cowboy culture..."

Oct. 3, 2014 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Remembering 'Easy Rider' and 'The Last Movie'
CinemaTexas program notes
"...androids and stereotypes locked in armed combat with the counterculture composed of individuals who, "all they wanted was to..."

June 4, 2010 Screens Feature

Saw It on the X
ZZ Top's one-man iconography machine, Bill Narum, shares his wares
"...became professional artists. Narum's sleek pen-and-inks of Houston's Sixties counterculture, where he grew up and later co-founded radio station..."

April 1, 2005 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
"...A family reunion of the aging more-Austin-than-Austin counterculture crowd, you couldn't light up a joint without attracting..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Captain Fantastic
Viggo Mortensen and family go off the grid
"...serving as a younger (and non-drug-fueled) version of the counterculture author’s Merry Pranksters. In his first feature-length film, writer/director..."

July 22, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Elvis & Nixon
Now we can do more than wonder about the day these two men met
"...be of service to his country by infiltrating the counterculture to help stamp out the nation’s growing drug problem..."

April 22, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

DVDanger: Box Sets of Blood
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Nightbreed, and more Vincent Price
"...in the towel on the dream. There had been counterculture movies by the bong-load before, but Chain Saw was..."

Oct. 28, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows
Austin Music Awards Director Margaret Moser goes out with a bang
"...Now bring in the Big Boys, counterculture to the counterculture – early evolution of punk music,..."

March 14, 2014 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The Trials and Success of Tom Laughlin's 'Billy Jack'
Politics and pacifism on the East Coast
"...was a pacifist supporter of Indian rights and the counterculture who was willing, though only when forced, to whop..."

Jan. 2, 2014 Screens Post by Louis Black

The Wind in Your Face
Jaston Williams explains why life in Lubbock blows
"...that world, we embraced a specific part of the counterculture in Lubbock. And the counterculture in Lubbock is very..."

May 28, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Neil Young Journeys
Jonathan Demme hooks up with Neil Young for a road trip through Ontario, Canada, in their third documentary together.
"...artists who arose from the ranks of the California counterculture scene of the 1960s with the bands Buffalo Springfield..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Searching for Sugar Man
Rodriguez, a Seventies-era singer/songwriter who flopped in America, became a superstar in South Africa, unbeknownst to him. This documentary uncovers the legend.
"...anthemic for the anti-apartheid Voëlvry movement of the Afrikaans counterculture, and the musician, with his hazy origins and questionable..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
The notorious life of Serge Gainsbourg is whimsically re-created onscreen.
"...the May 1968 uprising but also the Western Sixties counterculture as a whole. With his impeccably French sense of..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

My Children Are Becoming Heavy
When San Antonio rock ruled South Texas
"...San Antonio counterculture had its own artistic identity too, briefly in the..."

Aug. 26, 2011 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Right Snuff
Savage survivor and Sex Pistols witness Artly Snuff isn't just another face in Austin's eccentric crowd
"...mostly gratifying artistically. A high-profile participant in the Austin counterculture, neither stage, screen, nor microphone defined his face in..."

July 8, 2011 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

'Beauty' Mark
"...subjects such as the body and consciousness, community, the counterculture, and aesthetics. The discussions will be led by UT's..."

April 2, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Media Watch: The Rag in the Modern World
Olde Austin Ragsters revive in a digital age
"...of an effort to revive some of the rabble-rousing counterculture spirit of the Sixties. "There are a lot of..."

Feb. 12, 2010 News Feature by Kevin Brass

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Continues Its Nomadic Ways
Local shopping extravaganza moves from Austin Music Hall.
"...was a fundraising effort to take care of the "counterculture element" – read Austin's early hippie music scene –..."

Dec. 14, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

I'm Not There
This meditation on Bob Dylan is infused with love – not the slavish kind but a true-eyed tribute to the artist who belongs to nobody and everybody at once.
"...of I’m Not There belong to Ledger, as a counterculture actor whose big break comes from starring in a..."

Nov. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Prohibitions Are Senseless Exercises
"...bloody determination stems from a hatred of the "Sixties counterculture." What better way to remind Americans of what caused..."

Aug. 31, 2007 Postmarks

What's Happening?
Ruta Maya toasts the Summer of Love
"...essay "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," a stark look at the counterculture and idealism in San Francisco that was already starting..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

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