We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
It's not by design, but the fifth installment of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival is so packed with music-oriented films, both narrative and documentary, that it makes a pretty damn good music festival all by itself -- complete with several live performances. Pairing music with films has always bee ... More >>
Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey.
Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.
Who? Miss Leslie if you're country, Leslie Anne Sloane has played fiddle/violin in both the classical and country/bluegrass styles since age 5. In 2004, she started Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, which can usually be found once or twice a month at finer roadhouses and honky-tonks in the greater ... More >>
Irish-tinged Bah-sten punks Street Dogs, who are tight with Scottish-tinged Ew-sten punks, mosh down to Walters Friday night with Detroit psychobilly freakouts the Koffin Kats. Street Dogs' fellow New Englanders Roll the Tanks, whose song "Toeing the Line" was recently featured on Alternative Press' ... More >>
Score another coup for the newly famous East Texas town of Carthage: the town Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Sonny Carl Davis put on the map for its eccentric views on punishing murderers now has scoreboard on the entire state -- nay, the whole entire world of high school athletics. Literally. W ... More >>
Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies - and she's bringing Chris Rock.
Murder in a Small Town
This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>
Sorry sweetheart, but even Tim Gunn would've made fun of those pants.There's been a lot of talk about bullies lately. The suicides of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and Hamilton Middle School's Asher Brown have prompted renewed calls for bullying prevention, leading to things like the It Gets ... More >>
If Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids sounds like a titillating title for a book, it's only because the book itself deals with some of the most provocative indie films in recent cinematic history - many of them made by Texas-born filmmakers. The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film cr ... More >>
Richard Linklater's Orson Welles puts on quite a show.
Photo by Sandra KoopThe 2009 Cinema Arts Festival Houston is rolling out the red carpet as we speak, for today's opening night screenings.Over at the Angelika Film Center, the highly anticipated Precious starts at 7 p.m., while over at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the festival's opening nigh ... More >>
Last week saw the commemoration of a dark milestone in our country's history. Millions of Americans used this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the misery and hardship many are still enduring as a result. In writing this, I hope not only to correct certain revisionist interpretations o ... More >>
Be proud, Lufkin: Your Congressman is a nut.We're not talking even Ron Paul nuttiness; U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert has left even that far behind.Gohmert appeared on the Alex Jones radio show last week. That sentence should be enough to prove nuttiness; Jones (a native Texan! He's appeared in Richard ... More >>
Austin exports 20 artists and installations for a show at DiverseWorks.
Logo courtesy Astrodome StudiosThese are tough times for the Astrodome -- it's in such bad shape that the rodeo could not use it for its Hideout bar and performance area this year.These are also tough times for the economy, as you may have heard, and tough times to launch seemingly improbable scheme ... More >>
Don't miss the powerful, curious animation screening at DiverseWorks
Richard Linklater's ensemble polemic may just turn you off burgers for good
Richard Linklater's Scanner is a rotoscoped feast for freaks
Failure is McConaughey's perfect movie, and a pretty good one for us
One more awful remake strikes out
Mr. Holland goes to France in a feel-good film that doesn't
Why the best films of 2004 look like indies but aren't
Friday Night Lights goes deep -- a rare route for football movies
Twelve artists show us what the clear stuff can do
Continental Club dweller Glover Gill would sooner starve to death than give up playing tango. Not that guys who back Pavarotti and score Hollywood films waste away that often.
Aurora Picture Show goes on tour in its hometown
Former friends reckon with reality in Linklater's Tape
Thursday, November 1
Richard Linklater's Waking Life is as frustrating as it is stimulating
Director Greg Harrison depicts a rave generation looking for love and truth in a warehouse
Emanuel Levy's "Writing About Film" seminar
Linklater tries to break out of the slacker doldrums, but misfires
With subUrbia, the director of Slacker becomes one
Before Sunrise is something new from Richard Linklater -- a failure
Sweeping NEA cutbacks leave Texas filmmakers scrambling for funding
Supermodel Milla Jovovich proves she's more than just another pretty face
And the year ends with a surprise twist: fall movies that are falling flat