Film

Television |
March 7, 2014

King of Dreams

Over the past twenty years, from his outpost in Texas, Robert Rodriguez has quietly revolutionized the movie business. What happens when he gets his own TV network?

Film |
January 10, 2014

Dreaming in the Dark

Nearly everything about moviegoing has changed since I first fell in love with the big screen as a kid. But my ardor remains.

The Culture |
April 1, 2013

Dean Smith’s Amazing Story

He won an Olympic Gold Medal in Helsinki. He rubbed elbows with Hollywood royalty like John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. He performed stunts in "McClintock!" and "Cheyenne." And now the 81-year-old former stunt man is publishing his memoir, "Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen."

Music |
January 21, 2013

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in January

1. For George Strait, the road doesn’t go on foreverI was tooling around Austin in 1981, enjoying the free-love vibe and listening to the radio, when I first heard George Strait. His voice came out of my little dashboard speaker so strong and clear I ran two lights and a stop sign.

The Ex Files |
January 20, 2013

Bill Paxton

When my friend Tom Huckabee and I were seventeen, we pooled our money and bought a new Kodak Ektasound Super-8 system. One of the first films we made was a black and white pseudodocumentary called Victory at Auschwitz, which we shot in the old train yard off West Vickery in

Feature |
January 20, 2013

Bill, Due

After more than two decades in the movie business—including star turns in Apollo 13, Twister, and now his own Traveller—Fort Worth’s Bill Paxton is finally getting what’s coming to him.

Sports |
December 1, 2010

Beating a Dead Horse

Nearly 25 years after SMU received the death penalty, the Mustangs are finally on the trail to success. But an ESPN documentary reminds us how far the team had fallen thanks to ego, greed, and the religion of football.

Web Exclusive |
September 30, 2009

Oh, the Horror!

Christian Sosa, the producer of a new horror flick called The Eves, talks about the film, the cast, and shooting in southeast Texas.

Feature |
February 1, 2008

Elizabeth Avellan

To the extent that the fabled Third Coast exists, it’s a bit of a patriarchy: of men and by men, including, most prominently, the indie visionary Rick Linklater and the boyish wonder Robert Rodriguez. But then there’s Avellán, Rodriguez’s ex, who continues to move mountains to make movies happen in

Where I'm From |
December 1, 2005

Richard Linklater

The prison affected me personally. I grew up parking cars at the prison rodeo. I had a stepfather who was a prison guard.

Film & TV |
November 1, 2004

They Came. They Sawed.

And they most definitely conquered. The inside story of how a ragtag bunch of hippies made the wildest Texas movie ever (and spilled no more fake blood than was absolutely necessary).

Feature |
April 30, 1998

Unreality Bites

As ever, Texas looms large in the movies’ imagination—large and largely inaccurate.

Feature |
April 30, 1998

Filminism

I thought it would be hard to make movies in this macho state, but we’ve come a long way, baby.

The Culture |
June 30, 1997

Stick a Rourke in It—It’s Done.

Most nights it’s an ordinary shopping center, but during the months of May and June, Fort Worth’s Town Center Mall became a war zone. That was the principal location where Mickey Rourke, the brawl-prone star of 9 1/2 Weeks and Diner, knocked out the indie feature Recoil. Rourke plays a

Reporter |
March 1, 1997

Kick-Ash

An Austin filmmaker hopes to be the next Sundance kid.