Best of 2020: Movies

If I'm remembering the family lore correctly, my parents brought three-year-old me to a screening of "Love Story" in 1970, meaning that it's literally been half a century since I spent less time in movie theaters than I did  ...

THE BEST TV OF 2020

TV has rarely been more central to our lives than it was in 2020, when it suddenly became a lifeline to sanity during quarantine as well as a window on the sheer chaos of the past year.  And given  ...

August Wilson’s Century

Considered as one continuous, contiguous work, August Wilson’s "The Pittsburgh Cycle" (which spawned "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") constitutes a survival tale in the aftermath of trauma, wherein the children of slavery fight to regroup and  ...

SXSW Online:

Amazon recently announced that it will be streaming movies from this year's canceled SXSW festival free for 10 days in late April -- and while the exact dates and line-up are both unknown as of this posting, here are  ...

Top Three Documentaries at SXSW 2020

Though SXSW 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, a digital sampler plate of the festival's scheduled lineup nevertheless yielded three amazing documentaries to watch out for via a screening service (or, hopefully, eventually maybe even a theater)  ...

Lapsis; I’ll Meet You There

Full disclosure: after covering the jam-packed South-by-Southwest line-up for more than a decade, 2020 is the first and only time I've ever managed to see EVERY film in the festival's narrative feature competition because THIS  ...

Outcry (Showtime)

True crime tales are an evergreen genre (whether in tabloid, podcast, or mini-series form) because they tap into primal human emotions, including a basic need to know whodunit, while the best ones -- a distinction which certainly applies to  ...

TFW NO GF

Depending on your political leanings and/or the culture in which you were raised, you might feel many of the world's problems are caused either by (a) Islamic fundamentalists, (b) black/Latinx gang members, and/or (c) toxic white incel (or "involuntarily  ...

Sad by Southwest: Tales from a Cancelled Festival

South-by-Southwest (a.k.a. SXSW) began in Austin, TX as a music festival in 1987, continuously expanding in the years since to feature movies, TV, comedy, games, art, podcasting, and conferences/exhibits on everything from education and sports to politics and cutting  ...