Film

Kranzelbinder Gabriele Productions

You can either view the faces and places shown on-screen as people you never knew and places you have never been, or you can try to adopt the perspective of the person behind the camera, someone who sees what they’re filming as something worth capturing.

"Cow Palace," from the AAFF

Flash some shocking graphics, prop up the images with recycled critiques, pepper it with opaque, self-indulgent tidbits and you’ve got yourself a work of art. What about the audience? What do we have to gain from that?

Verena Looser and Melina Weissenborn

Given my relatively vanilla cinematic taste to begin with, both the short film “Landscape of Absence” and feature film “<3” pushed my personal definition of art and proved a bit challenging to digest.

Austin Film Society

They both speak powerful truths about the freedom and limits of human control, in a physical, survivalist sense, but in the context of personal relationships.

"Iron Fist"

With “Endgame” just a month away, it’s time to look back at the most successful cinematic experiment of our time — the Marvel Cinematic Universe — from its billion dollar cinematic heights to its most minor TV outings, to see how well they tell their stories with the means available to them.

Ian Harris

This past weekend, the long awaited Mueller Report was released. Or at least, it was given to the Department of Justice, who published a brief four-page summary without disclosing most of what is contained within the actual report.

"Gloria Bell"

“Gloria Bell” isn’t your typical coming-of-age movie, and its titular character certainly isn’t your typical coming-of-age protagonist. In a standard coming-of-age film, the protagonist is most likely a teenager or a twenty-something, with the bulk of their life ahead of them.

Warner Bros.

Mitch is the kind of man we all should emulate. So, I say a heartfelt happy birthday to Mr. Malden, with gratitude for enriching and adding depth to my favorite film.

"The Dirt"

For die hard Mötley Crüe fans, “The Dirt” may have a bit more appeal because at least then audiences can resonate with the band’s music, which actually takes a backseat role to the heavy focus on the substance abuse and sex that make up the majority of the film. That being said, for non-fans this movie is basically nothing more than a borderline pornographic depiction of rowdy rockers getting into trouble and coping with their inevitable spiral toward addiction.

"Shazam!"

Following the unqualified success of “Wonder Woman,” the equally unqualified failure of “Justice League” and that time they let James Wan dose the entire world with a cocktail of crack cocaine, LSD, and seaweed, it’s safe to say that the future of the DC films slate is somewhat in flux, to say nothing of the numerous behind-the-scenes shake-ups.