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The Match Factory Girl
With not even 70 minutes total running time and, seemingly, not more than two dozen total lines of dialogue, The Match Factory Girl spins a compelling narrative, a devastating cultural portrait, and an object lesson in the less-is-more school of storytelling.
"...reaches new heights in Finnish director Kaurismaki's 1990 film The Match Factory Girl. With only 70 minutes running time..."

April 2, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Factory Girl
Sienna Miller nails Edie Sedgwick's gamine naivete in this biopic, but the film feels far too pat for its own good.
"...this generation's It Girl? And does it deserve one? There's an argument to be made for Paris Hilton, whose..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

FOMO Factory Does It for the Gram
The new, colorful “immersive selfie space” arrives
"...Pop-Tarts, tabs of acid with cartoon characters printed on them, and I don't think I'm the only person for..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Screens Feature by Emily Beyda

First Look: The Obamas Become Producers With American Factory
Upcoming Netflix documentary finds culture clash within global trade
"...What’s the American Dream if not pliable? On its best days,..."

June 17, 2019 Screens Post by Sam Russek

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Burton and Depp's screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is truer to the source material and generally splendid, artful, and often sinister, yet it doesn't completely displace the earlier screen version.
"...Bucket (Highmore) wins one of five golden tickets and thereby an invitation to visit the chocolate factory of reclusive..."

July 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
"..."The present-day composer refuses to die!"..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Column by Louis Black

A Walk on the Dark Side
An interview with Karen Bernstein, producer of Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart (playing at the Alamo Drafthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 10), a breathless, soundtrack-shaped romp through Reed's career so far
"..."American Masters" producer Karen Bernstein thinks the sweetest moment in the adventure that was the making..."

Jan. 12, 2001 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs'
Monologist Mike Daisey takes a slightly different bite of the Apple
"...In his compelling one-person theatre piece, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Arts Feature by Andrew Long

Building the Perfect Beast
Building the perfect acoustic (and soon, electric) guitar - by hand
" And as a guitar enthusiast who believes that the best acoustic instruments in the world are built by..."

July 14, 2006 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Over the Wall
Echo & the Bunnymen's guitarist Will Sergeant didn't much care for Donnie Darko.
"...The Merseyside port of Liverpool languished with one of the..."

March 17, 2006 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

The Michoacana Connection
Paletas on the streets of Austin, paletas on the streets of Mexico!
"...share of paletas, Popsicles made from fresh seasonal fruits. The fruit is sometimes blended with milk or cream to..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Le Placard (The Closet)
"...Dustin Hoffman's red spangly Tootsie dress for Daniel Auteuil's leather chaps and condom beanie-hat, and you've got the basic..."

July 27, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Bourne Legacy
This franchise reboot doesn't reinvent Bourne, but it does revive it to great effect.
"...The overthinking man’s filmmaker, Tony Gilroy may be too damn..."

Aug. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

They All Start Out the Same
Guns and the law
"..."The gun has always been a fascinating item for Americans,"..."

Oct. 5, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Faster Than Sound: Demons & Delights – The Art of Billie Buck
Local illustrator makes “Hot Soup” at the relocated Austin Museum of Popular Culture
"...On a rainy weeknight, Billie Buck is behind the counter at Antone's Record Shop. Enter a stonery young..."

Jan. 24, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

A Gilded Eternity: The Return of Loop
Seminal UK outfit returns to U.S. expressly for Psych Fest
"...a smoke-obscured, atmospheric monster that all but abandoned traditional songsmithery for tuneful stasis. A Gilded Eternity, the band’s 1990..."

May 1, 2014 Music Post by Michael Toland

'The NFL Beat': Week 8
It's not you, it's Cam Newton
"...seasons, we have little time for useless chatter or the exchange of half-hearted pleasantries. It's not you. It's me...."

Oct. 26, 2012 Sports Post by Alex Dunlap

A Bread Factory, Part Two
Part two of Patrick Wang's esoteric examination of art in Upstate New York
"...Where to end with Patrick Wang’s two-part A Bread Factory? This dense but nimble story of an art collective,..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Capital Factory Announces Merger With Station Houston
Startup hub is also partnering with Rice University and the Ion
"...Austin tech incubator and collab space Capital Factory has been busy in its mission to encourage innovation..."

Jan. 28, 2020 Screens Post by Sofia Tafich

A Bread Factory, Part One
Part one of Patrick Wang's epic satire of small-town art life
"...(well, maybe opus is more suitable)? Let’s begin with the idea of quirkiness as a filmic device. You often..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Hightower Report: Life Is Beautiful in MittWorld
In which Mitt Romney lives in fairy land
"...Recently, I was astonished by a letter to The New York Times that expressed the writer's astonishment that..."

Sept. 28, 2012 News Column by Jim Hightower

The Making of an Endorsement
"...legislation by referendum, and I don't see why, if these payments are optional anyway, that people can't just apply..."

Oct. 24, 2008 News Feature

Dancer in the Dark
Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.
"...Directed by: Lars Von Trier. Starring: Björk, David Morse, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Stormare, Vincent Paterson, Joel Grey, Cara Seymour,..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Mighty Finn
AFS Essential Cinema presents the Chilly Humorist of Finland: Aki Kaurismäki
"...Nikander the garbageman is typical of the characters that populate the..."

Nov. 13, 2009 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for his so-called children’s story, and the result is more psychedelic than sugary.
"...Roy Kinnear and Aubrey Woods. One way to judge the success of James and the Giant Peach might be..."

May 17, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Bitter and the Sweet
How Delysia Chocolatier built their brand
"...A year before Nicole Patel finally opened the chocolate factory of her dreams, she found herself sitting..."

Nov. 28, 2014 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

The Tenth Annual "Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest Results
"..."Close the door, boy," barked the drunker and rougher of the..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Books Feature

Like a Poisonous Chemical Factory Downtown
"...Dear Editor, If there were a chemical factory downtown spewing out hellish filth,..."

May 6, 2005 Postmarks

The Auteur Factory
Papagajka is the strange product of Béla Tarr's Sarajevo film school
"...Great films usually skew one of two directions: They make the ordinary seem alien, or the alien seem..."

March 11, 2016 Screens Feature by Dan Gentile

Excuse Factory
Accusations fly between SXSW and Factory People over afterparty shutdowns
"...What a week it's been for FactoryPeople, the upscale south-side retailer: First, owners Le and Thomas..."

March 21, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

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