In 2011 I got to work Fun Fun Fun Fest as security. I got the job through a friend of mine who had worked the fest in years past. As we walked through the various backstage areas to find the head of security and pick up my credentials, I got to take in the layout of the fest. There was no crazy segr ... More >>
David Lowery's sublime new film proves he's a Texan to watch.
Pining gorgeously in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Friday, February 8, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton
The xx Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, at The Granada Theater Achingly hip Londoners the xx have a two-night stay at The Granada this week, meaning twice as many Dallasites will be swept away by songs from their now-ubiquitous debut album and the recently released Coexist. We're k ... More >>
The fest's best are the films to watch in the year ahead.
Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4 In its seventh year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has settled into a very curious meta place. Standing in a crowd at any one of the four stages, you were often watching a show via someone's iPhone or iPad. That Terrence Malick has been f ... More >>
In the interest of being tidy and not boring you with minute details of the three-day exercise in sweaty and human endurance underway in Zilker Park this weekend, Rocks Off is giving you a break. Our team on the ground at the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Brittanie Shey, Craig Hlavaty and Mar ... More >>
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Ah, yes. So much synergy happens during SXSW. If you've been on the Austin festival circuit in the last six months or so, you may have noticed Christian Bale at Austin City Limits, where he played bongos with Fleet Foxes, or Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara at Fun Fun Fun Fest, which led to a Tumblr dev ... More >>
The nominees for the cinematic super bowl, the 2012 Academy Awards, were announced yesterday, and as always there were a few of the year's best pictures and performances that were left warming the bench by the all-powerful Academy. Martin Scorsese's Hugo leads the game with 11 nods, beating out th ... More >>
After what literally felt like four years, Rick Perry has finally ended his campaign for President, thrown his support at Newty G., and is returning to Texas. He said it best himself: "I know when it's time to make a strategic retreat." Ah, but he's given us so many amazing moments. Who co ... More >>
And nine more choice flicks.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association just dispatched its year-end best-of, the whole list of which follows. Given my retreat from film crit in recent months -- though I did review We Bought a Zoo, opening Christmas week, and ... not bad -- I can't argue with this year's list as I've don ... More >>
Dawes' Tay StraithairnWhat can we say about the practically-impossible-to-dislike Dawes that we haven't said here on DC9 or in the paper version before? No, the band's not exactly new to us around the metroplex. Hell, they were just here last month, playing the Fort Worth Music Festival.Ah, well, ... More >>
Pete FreedmanArcade Fire played a familiar set to end Austin City Limits 2011. But it was still thrilling. The hot sun from the morning of Day Three at the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival persisted well into the afternoon and evening at Zilker Park. But with the festival end looming and pl ... More >>
So, yes, former candidate for Dallas County Judge Wade Emmert is the new head of the Dallas County Republican Party, having been elected by a vote of 140-95 at last night's special election. Upon his victory, Emmert tweeted, "I'm honored to have your trust as the new Dallas Co. GOP Chairman. Now ... More >>
The view of the Chapel of Thanksgiving that appears, briefly, in the new Tree of Life trailerLast night, in the comments of the Good Guys-are-gone item, Friend of Unfair Park "Urban Observer" observed: At the 1:39-minute mark of the just-released trailer for writer-director Terrence Malick's looo ... More >>
David Gordon Green In The New York Times today, Richardson High School's own David Gordon Green talks about transitioning from Indieland to Hollywood -- specifically, how he went from making such elegiac films as George Washington and All the Real Girls to the stoner bromance Pineapple Express, whic ... More >>
Paul Thomas Anderson creates an epic gusher
Even horny horse whisperers get off in Sundance docs.
Even horny horse whisperers get off in Sundance docs.
With or without Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way
The state owes Roger Staubach $4.20--which is my favorite number, if you know what I mean. Be cooler if you did. On Sunday, the Texas Comptroller's office will once more publish its annual list of folks whose missing money the state has in its possession. Carole Keeton Strayhorn's peeps sent over an ... More >>
Meet the new 800-pound gorilla of Dallas film festivals
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
Racists, louts and terrorists earned their place among the best of 2005
Undertow relishes in the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family
With the rich, says Igby, always a little pity
Identity-theft victim gets the cold shoulder
Terrence Malick emerges after 20 years with his complex but compelling The Thin Red Line
Although many standout films were released in 1998, no one movie really stood out