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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Western film smartly uses classic shows as influences

Alex Williams November 4, 2010

“Red Hill,” written and directed by freshman director Patrick Hughes, is a film obviously influenced by classic westerns. After all, its main character, played perfectly by “True Blood’s”...

Islamic suicide bombers topic of dark, satirical film

Alex Williams November 3, 2010

An outrageously dark comedy, “Four Lions” makes light of one of today’s most prominent and pervasive cultural phobias: Islamic suicide bombers. However, the film’s smart, restrained...

Diverse stories, humor offer twist on sports TV

Dan Hurwitz November 2, 2010

Burnt out on your favorite sports team? Can’t bear to watch the Longhorns or Cowboys anymore? While you may have to wait for another run to a championship next season, this season there are still...

Film defies genre; director astounds with final scenes

Alex Williams November 2, 2010

Every few years, there’s a sudden glut of films in a very specific genre. Twelve years ago, it was the asteroid flick, with “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” and this summer...

Local game developer praises Disney’s creative ‘Epic Mickey’

Allistair Pinsof November 1, 2010

In a Nintendo press bus, with Donkey Kong’s and Mario’s faces painted on the sides, Warren Spector waits patiently. You may have had him as a professor for a radio-television-film class,...

Lesser seen horror films raise hairs, chill spines

Alex Williams October 28, 2010

Every October, a glut of horror movies hits cinemas — some of them good, some of them bad and most of them sequels. Video stores display their horror selection prominently, and often the weeks...

FX brings hilariously tense ‘Louie’ to cable TV

Allistair Pinsof September 7, 2010

The best comedy serves to soften the blow of tragedy. It’s why comedians such as Louis C.K. are still relevant in the YouTube era. We long to drunkenly laugh over someone’s misfortune while,...

Fall brings bootleggers, zombies

Gerald Rich August 31, 2010

In addition to the anticipated return of shows like “Modern Family” and “Dexter,” this fall television season has two highly noteworthy series premieres. Here’s a look...

Rapper looks to A-list for acting inspiration

Julie Rene Tran August 27, 2010

In the famed rapper’s third film “Takers,” in theaters today, T.I. plays Ghost, a fresh-out-of-jail bank robber who returns back to his unassailable band of thieves, only to find that...

‘Scott Pilgrim’ cast talks weaknesses, ideal superpowers

Neha Aziz August 23, 2010

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” follows the life of 22-year-old Toronto native Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera, “Superbad”) as he falls for American delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Mary...

‘Scott Pilgrim’ matures; Michael Cera doesn’t

Neha Aziz August 12, 2010

This summer’s movie season has been filled with mediocrity, from “Iron Man 2” to “Sex and the City 2,” but “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” brings something new...

‘Eat Pray Love’ trumps romantic-comedy tropes

Neha Aziz August 12, 2010

Director and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy has taken a break from choir and show tunes for a journey of self-discovery. “Eat Pray Love” is based on the memoir of the same name by...