Arts & Culture

DVD Reviews
2:56 pm
Sat April 22, 2006

Busby's Beautiful Busy Bodies

Credit WHV Home Entertainment

Was Busby Berkeley from Mars? Plenty of people interviewed on the extra features included in the new six-DVD "Busby Berkeley Collection" from Warner Bros. Home Video think so. They praise the legendary choreographer and director's kaleidoscopic musical sequences, marveling at how the guy was able to do such visionary work without any formal dance training. The very term "Berkeleyesque" has come to define a certain visual style.

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Texas Music
2:56 pm
Fri April 21, 2006

Roy Orbison at 70

Sunday, April 23 2006 marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of Roy Orbison.  He was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1936, and went on to become one of the most iconic singers and songwriters in America before passing away too early in 1988.  A petition to have his likeness emblazoned on a U.S.

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Arts & Culture
12:29 pm
Fri April 7, 2006

"Solamente Salma" at Blue Star

George Yepes and Robert Rodriguez, flanked by some... good friends.
Jose (Joey) Castillo

On Wednesday, April 5, a red carpet gala was held to open the "Terra Nostra: Solamente Salma" exhibit at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center.  On hand for the festivities were artists George Yepes, Robert Rodriguez, a few celebrities... and Texas Public Radio's Nathan Cone, who had a grand plan to cover the event and get some audio for a personal project he's working on.  The exhibit is open to the public.  The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.  For more information, the number is 210-227-6960.  

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Movie Interviews
1:56 pm
Thu March 23, 2006

A Father And Son, Reunited On The Court Of Life

Director Hubert Davis (R) with director of photography David Tennant.
Nicole Gurney

Hubert Davis' Oscar-nominated short film "Hardwood" started out as a documentary about his father, Mel, who played with the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1960s and '70s, but Davis soon found that "I couldn't tell his story without telling my own, [and] I couldn't tell my own story without telling my family's." The film is a documentary of a family reunion of sorts, as family members reflect on their lives together, and apart.

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Books
4:26 pm
Fri March 3, 2006

Book Review: Elia Kazan, A Biography

Credit Harper Collins

The Century's Most Polarizing Auteur

Elia Kazan, by Richard Schickel

(Harper Collins) 

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Home Video
1:56 pm
Mon December 12, 2005

Review: "The Adventures of Superman"

WHV Home Entertainment

In the rush to squeeze every last dime out of the upcoming feature film "Superman Returns," Warner Bros. has finally come through for long-suffering Superman fans and released Season 1 of that staple of 1950s TV, “The Adventures of Superman” to DVD.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri September 9, 2005

God's Jester: "The Flowers of St. Francis" On DVD

Brother Nazario Gerardi, as St. Francis.
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

A seemingly simple film that reveals deeper levels of profundity upon further reflection, Roberto Rossellini's "The Flowers of St. Francis" is basically a series of vignettes that takes Italian neo-realism back to the 13th century. 

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World Music
11:12 am
Tue April 26, 2005

"Timbuktoubab," A Musical Journey

Have you ever been to Timbuktu (incidentally, it is spelled Tombouctou in Mali)? No? Well nor have I, so I found "Timbuktoubab," the documentary, riveting.

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Arts & Culture
2:12 pm
Tue January 4, 2005

DVD Review: The Battle of Algiers

The Criterion Collection

This year has seen some terrific releases on DVD, but none is better than the Criterion Collection's three-disc set, "The Battle of Algiers." First released in 1966, "The Battle of Algiers" was reissued in theaters across the country in 2004. It enjoyed a too-brief run in San Antonio in May 2004. The film's distributor, Rialto, told me that it didn't do too well in San Antonio so it was pulled after one week.

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DVD Reviews
12:25 pm
Thu October 28, 2004

Drawing On The East

Credit © Disney. All rights reserved.

For better or worse, the current state of cinema's animated output can be traced back to 1992's blockbuster film "Aladdin." Not only was it a groundbreaking film with its breakneck pace, marvelous songs, and increased use of computer-aided animation, but it also established the "star turn" in animated films, with its zany genie voiced by Robin Williams.

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