Arts & Culture

DVD Reviews
4:03 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

A "Shame" It Isn't Better

Credit Courtesy of TCFHE

In one of the most often quoted lines from Steve McQueen’s film “Shame,” Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan, explains to her brother Brandon (Michael Fassbender) that they aren’t bad people, they just “come from a bad place.” Little is revealed of where or what that might be, and audiences and critics have speculated over what exactly she means.  Whatever it is, it’s led to a very unhealthy e

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TPR Cinema
10:57 am
Fri April 13, 2012

After SXSW, "WOLF" Leads The Pack At Dallas International Film Festival

L to R: Producer Ralph Lopez, Jordan Cooper, Mikala Gibson, director Ya'Ke Smith, Shelton Jolivette.
Nathan Cone

On the heels of a sold-out debut at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival last month, Ya’Ke Smith’s debut feature, “WOLF,” screens at the Dallas International Film Festival this weekend. The taut, emotional drama is about a family struggling to come to grips with their son’s sexual abuse at the hands of their church pastor.

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Music Reviews
5:44 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Remembering "Titanic" With Music

Sony Classical

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic has brought about the re-release of James Cameron’s masterpiece, “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, retrofitted into the 3D format.  The soundtrack has been re-released, too, in a special ‘Anniversary Edition.’

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KPAC Blog
10:23 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Rachmaninoff And Doomed Romance

This week, the Criterion Collection released a marvelous set of David Lean films based on the work of Noël Coward. Of those films (and many others), “Brief Encounter” has always been and remains a favorite of mine.  It’s also the movie that rescued Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for me from the realm of figure skating Olympians, and put it in what I feel is its proper place, as the soundtrack to a doomed romance!

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SXSW
3:41 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin at The Commodore, Vancouver, BC (2010)
Reinier@BrilliantEye.ca

The electronic dance music group Delhi 2 Dublin is based in Canada, and formed six years ago. The group’s name implies a fusion of Indian and Irish music, but Tarun Nayar, one of the members, says “over the last two years we’ve become a lot less concerned about trying to make everything Irish and Indian.

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SXSW
2:53 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Marianne Dissard

Courtesy Photo

Marianne Dissard was born in France, and even though she lives now in Tucson, Arizona. She has been a filmmaker, a performance artist and is presently a writer, blogger and singer. Although she’s been working in English more and more often, Dissard found recently that hip hop beats work especially well with her native tongue. “It’s got that innate rhythm to it,” she says.

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SXSW
2:30 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

SXSW 2012: Longital

Daniel Salontay and Shina.
© Jaro Ridzoň 2011

Longital are a couple from Slovakia, and 2012 was their third experience at South By Southwest. Although both members are accomplished professionals from the world of math and computer science, they’re making their mark in the musical world through tours in Europe and America.

In this interview, Deirdre Saravia talks to the duo about their travels, as well as the inspiration behind some of their best songs, including “Dragon Clouds.”

Official Website: www.longital.com

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SXSW
12:24 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

SXSW 2012: Arts Education The Inspiration Behind "Hunky Dory"

Aneurin Barnard, Minnie Driver, and director Marc Evans.
Nathan Cone

For director Marc Evans, filming “Hunky Dory” was like coming home. After thrillers, documentaries, and dramas, Evans says his new film is “very much informed by the memory of being a teenager, and how much music meant to me as a teenager.” 

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SXSW
11:55 am
Wed March 14, 2012

SXSW 2012: A Feral Child, Roaming Texas in "Kid-Thing"

Sydney Aguirre as "Annie."
Courtesy Photo

Austin-based directors Nathan and David Zellner's dark fable, "Kid-Thing," screens at South By Southwest after playing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In the film, young Annie (Sydney Aguirre) roams the countryside of East Texas aimlessly, casually shoplifting, throwing objects at passing cars, and enjoying her freedom, while her father lays about on the couch.

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SXSW
12:56 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

SXSW 2012: 'Tchoupitoulas,' a Portrait of New Orleans by Night

Bill Ross (left) and Turner Ross (right), directors of "Tchoupitoulas."
Nathan Cone

Following their acclaimed documentary "45635," Bill and Turner Ross headed south to New Orleans, filming the city almost exclusively at night. "Tchoupitoulas" follows three brothers as they experience what Turner Ross calls a "surreal Pleasure Island."

Tchoupitoulas” is unique in its depiction of the Crescent City. The joyousness and weariness of downtown New Orleans is presented with equal measure. “These aren’t issue-based films,” Turner Ross explains. “It’s portraiture, really, and experience.” 

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