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Don't Tell a Soul
Rainn Wilson proves his darker skills in this drama of inherited sin and trauma
"...It's reminiscent of the portrait of a corrupt male friendship in Super Dark Times, but with the added pressures..."

Jan. 15, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

AFS And Sundance Add Judas and the Black Messiah to Drive-In
How It Ends, Censor also added at Pioneer Farms
"...Panther party for the FBI, and how his increasing friendship with Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) lead to the activist's..."

Jan. 12, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Festival Films of 2020 You Haven't Seen Yet
The best of the fests from Austin and beyond
"...The real-life friendship of filmmakers David Charbonier and Justin Powell pours out..."

Jan. 1, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Arepa Dealers Sling Venezuelan Snacks and Coffee at Cuatro Gato
At Coconut Club's all-day cafe the heart is an arepa
"...Ferro, whose exuberance for food and friendship is well-known locally, explains the background of a menu..."

Dec. 25, 2020 Food Feature by Alexandra Detmar

AFS Announces 2020 Short Film Grant Recipients
Projects from Austin, Dallas, El Passo get support
"...Surviving a witch hunt; expressing forbidden anger; friendship and technical creativity between two teenagers. These topics and..."

Dec. 16, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Old Friends John Doe and Michael Mogavero Combine Paintings and Poetry to Reach the "Promised Land"
The exhibition at Bale Creek Allen Gallery celebrates a 47-year-old friendship
" say wryly, "That is the basis of our friendship right there." Everyone on the call breaks up, but..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Luv Doc: The Wrong Message
Why your conscience is nagging you
"...even anger, and that's no way to run a friendship, is it?..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Column by The Luv Doc

New AFS Series More Than Simply Restores Wong Kar-wai's Work
The (almost) complete films of the Hong Kong filmmaker
"...movies are always at their core about love – friendship, romantic, or otherwise. Passion flows through his characters, no..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Screens Feature by Jenny Nulf

Faster Than Sound: Venue Relief Pending as COVID-19 Spike Stalls Restarted Gigs
Also, sampling Flobama's beats, and remembering landmark pianist Margaret Wright
"...On the flip side, Stubb's new best-friendship with Dave Chappelle proves sustained demand for big names...."

Dec. 11, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

How a Local Drummer Inspired Riz Ahmed’s Character in Sound of Metal
Revisiting Fuckemos drummer Sean Powell's Austin dives and Hollywood highs
"...punk drummer experience. A formative moment in that creative friendship occurred when Ahmed, Marder, and the director's brother, composer..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Screens Feature by Kevin Curtin

Gorgeous Irish animation speaks to the power of finding your pack
"...story); it's also a heartwarming story of family and friendship, a family-friendly examination of the horror of repression, a..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

New Documentary The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story Tunes in to the Channel That Changed TV
Shorts, Dudes, and Good Burgers
"...that the pioneering cable channel for kids kept their friendship together at a low point in their lives. Sweeney..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

AFF Review: The Get Together
Shakey Graves and friends grow apart in this Austin dramedy
"...they each navigate their own individual romantic, career, and friendship turmoils. Though the film takes place in Austin and..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Screens Post by Naomi Brady

Spanish drama explore the devastating mysteries of loss
"...shows up at her restaurant. The two develop a friendship, one that at first bemuses Jean’s parents (the epitome..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Faster Than Sound: Fat Tony Tales
Houston rapper plays sole release show in Austin
"..."We've kept a friendship over the years. Bun saw via social media that..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Voter Rewards Continue, Arlo Grey Returns, Treaty Oak Distilling Expands BBQ Team, and What the Hell Is Going On in Boise?
All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering
"...& Southwest Parkway, it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship: JuiceLand and Little City Coffee have teamed up for..."

Oct. 28, 2020 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Anthony Mackie takes a long, strange trip to find himself
"...debut, 2012's Resolution, was a story of addiction and friendship wrapped up in a time loop – a setting..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Qmmunity: Monsters Among Us
Have yourself a socially distanced Halloween
"...Stay Home Book Club This month's read: Big Friendship. Mon., Oct. 26, 6-8pm. Online. Free (donations welcome)."

Oct. 23, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

AFI Review: The Boy Behind the Door
Child abduction horror leaves the kids fending for themselves
"...At heart, it's an incredibly simple story of friendship, and how you will do anything for your best..."

Oct. 21, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Nightstream Review: Frank & Zed
Horror puppet movie is beautiful, heartbreaking, and gory
"...Zed is unconventionally brilliant, a tale of dependence and friendship,..."

Oct. 17, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Planters
Quirky road trip comedy bears delightfully idiosyncratic fruit
"...with a motorcycle helmet chained to her head. A friendship takes root...."

Oct. 16, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Austin Film Festival Adds Nine Days and Welcomes the WWE's Brothers of Destruction
New Winston Duke/Zazie Beets movie as opening night film
"...screen, Mark Calaway & Glenn Jacobs developed a deep friendship that is revealed in this film. The latest presentation..."

Oct. 15, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest Interview: The Boy Behind the Door
David Charbonier and Justin Powell on their dark thriller
"...the Door is really about something much more powerful: Friendship...."

Sept. 27, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

In Memoriam: Jan Reid
Remembering the legendary author and Texas Monthly writer
"...which Reid described as "the story of a long friendship of a ‘70s rock singer and a famous heavyweight..."

Sept. 21, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Who doesn't need a buddy? (Even if they're a tape.)
" a guy on a videotape called Rent-A-Pal. Hey, friendship is difficult, but Andy - a sort of choose-your-own-adventure..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Vinyl Nation
Reports of death of physical media have been greatly exaggerated
"...It’s a family affair, it’s community building, and it’s friendship strengthening. It creates a space for people to share..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Local Activists Call Out Police and Find Themselves Flagged as Threats
Doesn't take much to get on the watchlist
"...has redacted the officer's name but has confirmed his friendship with Bush and Bonandin.) [inset-1-right]..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by John Anderson

Slabs, Screw, and Stories from the Country: Deezie Brown & EC Mayne Soundtrack Bastrop County
Candy Blue Like Screw reclaims Texas rap heritage
"...artistry, the LP plays back his and Brown's long friendship, thriving off contrasting voices sharing a sense of home...."

Aug. 14, 2020 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

You Never Had It: An Evening With Charles Bukowski
Lost tapes of a drunken night with the dissolute apostle
"...even that, a character sketch. The ease of Bukowski's friendship with Bizio cuts through all the expository noise, so..."

Aug. 7, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Luv Doc: Big, Dumb & Inexplicably Lucky
How about some empathy for the simpletons?
"...I have tried to tell each of them that friendship is more important than politics, and they sometimes listen..."

July 17, 2020 Column by The Luv Doc

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