The legendary Robert Duvall and Austin screenwriter Bill Wittliff have been trying for more than three decades to make “A Night in Old Mexico,” and they finally got to see it on a big screen at the Paramount on Monday afternoon with about 1,000 other people.
"Obvious Child" is a romantic comedy solely in the literal sense. The movie stars comedian/actress Jenny Slate – firmly checking the "comedy" box – and flirts with the early stages of an authentic romance between an unlikely couple.
A 70-minute look at the friendship between Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater and one of his heroes, life-long experimental filmmaker James Benning, “Double Play” serves as a lovely companion piece to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” though it was not intended as such.
In 1979, Jarvis Cocker formed the band Pulp when he was just 15 years old. The first decade of the band's existence did not provide much in the way of success, but that all changed in the early 1990s when they finally got their due and started to become of the biggest bands in England.
Man, between the meth-dealing, Beaumont biker gangs in HBO’s “True Detective” and the bleak suburban landscape of Port Neches and Groves in Kat Candlers’ “Hellion,” that hunk of Southeast Texas is really taking it on the chin this season.
Remember that annoying kid in “American Beauty” who films the plastic bag and yammers on about how gorgeous it is and you think yes it is lovely and you have a good eye for the allue of the quotidian but can you please shut up before you get punched?
Well, that certainly lived up to the hype. Shot in 39 days on 35 mm over 12 years after a year of pre-production and two of post-, in many ways the ultimate Richard Linklater movie and one of the sharpest films about Texas and Texans ever made,“Boyhood” is a monumental achievement of guts, nerve and thoughtful craft, easily one of the year's most important movies.
As much as anyone who played professional baseball, Dock Ellis let it all hang out. A California native who, by his own admission, would have probably ended up a gangster were it not for a good pitching arm, decent control and a sliding fastball that would just drop out of the air, Ellis wore curlers in his hair on the field, partied absurdly hard, once beanballed Reggie Jackson, attempted to hit every batter in the Reds' "Big Red Machine" lineup in '74, worshiped teammate Roberto Clemente and forefather Jackie Robinson, co-authored a memoir with poet Donald Hall and, yes, once pitched a no-hitter (or "no-no") in 1970 while "high as a Georgia pine" on LSD in 1970.
Here's a look at some of the top documentaries screening at SXSW on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday “Manny”: The story of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, whose rise to stardom from poverty in the Philippines is the stuff of legend.
Joe Gross writes about books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications.