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‘Late Night with the Devil’ brings polished, new ideas to found footage horror subgenre

‘Late Night with the Devil’ brings polished, new ideas to found footage horror subgenre

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 12, 2024

“Late Night with the Devil,” a found-footage horror film from writer and director duo Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes, follows Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) during the 1977 Halloween special of...

‘Princess Peach: Showtime!’: Mindless fun that leaves players wishing there was more

‘Princess Peach: Showtime!’: Mindless fun that leaves players wishing there was more

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 10, 2024

“Princess Peach: Showtime!” marks the first time since 2005’s “Super Princess Peach” where the leader of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach, is the lead protagonist of her very own game. The...

‘Fallout’ takes viewers across wasteland with faithful adaptation of beloved gaming franchise

‘Fallout’ takes viewers across wasteland with faithful adaptation of beloved gaming franchise

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 10, 2024

“Fallout,” a TV show from Amazon based on the hit game franchise of the same name from Bethesda Game Studios, follows the world hundreds of years after nuclear fallout demolishes it. After vault dweller...

‘Ricky Stanicky’ underwhelms, saved by John Cena

‘Ricky Stanicky’ underwhelms, saved by John Cena

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 9, 2024

Amazon MGM Studios’ “Ricky Stanicky,” directed by Peter Farrelly, follows a group of childhood best friends, Dean, JT and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino and Jermaine Fowler). After a lie about a...

‘Imaginary’ fails to be imaginative despite title

‘Imaginary’ fails to be imaginative despite title

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 5, 2024

Blumhouse and Lionsgate’s “Imaginary” from writer and director Jeff Wadlow follows Jessica (DeWanda Wise) and her family after they move back to her childhood home. When her step-daughter Alice (Pyper...

‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2’: craziest bounceback in horror history

‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2’: craziest bounceback in horror history

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 3, 2024

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2” might be the most insane success story ever. After the critical flop (yet financial success) of 2023’s “Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey,” director Rhys Frake-Waterfield...

‘Mario vs. Donkey Kong’ proves remakes can honor classics while being original

‘Mario vs. Donkey Kong’ proves remakes can honor classics while being original

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 3, 2024

“Mario vs. Donkey Kong,” the 2024 Nintendo Switch remake of the 2004 puzzle game of the same name for the Game Boy Advance, follows Mario tracking down Donkey Kong after he steals Mini-Mario toys from...

‘Accidental Texan’ captures Texan spirit in heartfelt dramedy

‘Accidental Texan’ captures Texan spirit in heartfelt dramedy

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 31, 2024

“Accidental Texan,” based on the 1999 book “Chocolate Lizards” by Cole Thompson, follows the story of failed actor Erwin (Rudy Pankow) after his car breaks down in middle-of-nowhere Texas. He seeks...

‘Love Lies Bleeding:’ lesbians, ‘roids, and bodybuilding. The ultimate love story

‘Love Lies Bleeding:’ lesbians, ‘roids, and bodybuilding. The ultimate love story

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 24, 2024

“Love Lies Bleeding,” an A24 film directed by Rose Glass of “Saint Maud” fame and written by both Glass and Weronika Tofilska, follows Lou (Kristen Stewart) as she navigates living a life separate...

Thomas Haden Church talks growing up Texan in relation to his role in ‘Accidental Texan’

Thomas Haden Church talks growing up Texan in relation to his role in ‘Accidental Texan’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 24, 2024

The Daily Texan had the chance to sit down and speak with Thomas Haden Church about his role as Merle in the film directed by Mark Lambert Bristol entitled “Accidental Texan”, based on the 1999 book...

Q&A: Michael Felker talks writing, directing his sci-fi horror film: ‘Things Will Be Different’

Q&A: Michael Felker talks writing, directing his sci-fi horror film: ‘Things Will Be Different’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 22, 2024

The Daily Texan had the chance to sit down and speak with Michael Felker about writing and directing his sci-fi, horror thriller “Things Will Be Different,” which showcased at this year’s SXSW TV...

Writer, director Michael Felker’s ‘Things Will Be Different’ takes audiences on horrifying time-traveling journey

Writer, director Michael Felker’s ‘Things Will Be Different’ takes audiences on horrifying time-traveling journey

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 22, 2024

Writer and director Michael Felker’s time-traveling sci-fi horror flick “Things Will Be Different,” starring Riley Dandy and Adam David Thompson, follows two siblings after they escape a police chase...

‘Ghostbuster Frozen Empire’ sees return to classic ‘Ghostbusters’ fun with average story

‘Ghostbuster Frozen Empire’ sees return to classic ‘Ghostbusters’ fun with average story

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 21, 2024

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” directed by Gil Kenan, follows the Spengler family as they return to New York City to live in the classic Ghostbusters headquarters when an evil demon upends the city,...

Sweeney earns scream queen title in NEON’s “Immaculate”

Sweeney earns scream queen title in NEON’s “Immaculate”

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 13, 2024

Director Michael Mohan’s “Immaculate” finally premiered at SXSW after waiting in production limbo for years. Written by Andrew Lobel and produced by and starring Sydney Sweeney, the film follows...

The Fall Guy” showcases Gosling’s charisma, comedic wit alongside jaw-dropping stunts

“The Fall Guy” showcases Gosling’s charisma, comedic wit alongside jaw-dropping stunts

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 13, 2024

David Leitch’s “The Fall Guy” follows famous stuntman Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) after a stunt malfunction puts his life and career on hold. When another stuntman goes missing, from a film set directed...

Counting down the Texan’s 5 most anticipated SXSW films

Counting down the Texan’s 5 most anticipated SXSW films

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 8, 2024

With South by Southwest around the corner, it’s time to round up The Daily Texan’s top five films to watch at this year's festival. With entries ranging from action-packed dramas to Gen Z supernatural...

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‘Madame Web’ – caught in the web of corporate greed

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 29, 2024

“Madame Web” may reside at the top of “the worst movies ever released in theaters” list, but not because of the creators. While this article tackles the movie through a typical review, it also...

‘Dune: Part Two’ – too grand for its own good

‘Dune: Part Two’ – too grand for its own good

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 22, 2024

“Dune: Part Two” arguably remains the most anticipated sequel of the last three years. After the success of “Dune,” director Denis Villeneuve heads back into the world where his last film left...

‘Lisa Frankenstein’: underrated masterclass in 80s rom-com, horror, nostalgia

‘Lisa Frankenstein’: underrated masterclass in 80s rom-com, horror, nostalgia

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 21, 2024

“Lisa Frankenstein,” directed by Zelda Williams (“Kappa Kappa Die”) and written by Diablo Cody (“Jennifer’s Body,” “Juno”), follows Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) after her mother’s...

‘Ted’ brings the laughs, but remains nothing more than a fun evening

‘Ted’ brings the laughs, but remains nothing more than a fun evening

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 1, 2024

Of all the IPs to see a return in the 2020s, “Ted” ranks at the bottom of any person's prediction list. So imagine the shock audiences felt when Peacock dropped the first season of a “Ted” prequel...

‘Night Swim’ starts as a splash, but finishes in a cannonball

‘Night Swim’ starts as a splash, but finishes in a cannonball

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter January 17, 2024

“Night Swim,” directed by Bryce McGuire, follows a family of four as they try to leave their past behind in their new home. But when an ancient evil lurks in their swimming pool, they must learn that...

‘Aquaman 2:’ the pitiful end of the DC Extended Universe

‘Aquaman 2:’ the pitiful end of the DC Extended Universe

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter January 15, 2024

"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom," slated as the end of the DC Extended Universe and the sequel to the 2018 hit film "Aquaman" starring Jason Momoa as the titular character, finally released to a collective...

‘The Color Purple’ emotionally grips audiences through excellent performances, music

‘The Color Purple’ emotionally grips audiences through excellent performances, music

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Columnist January 12, 2024

“The Color Purple” came out as a book in 1982, then became a movie in 1985, and then was put on Broadway in 2005. Now, in 2023, Blitz Bazawule adapted the beloved classic as a movie musical for the...

‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ enacts a shocking twist fans didn’t know they needed

‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ enacts a shocking twist fans didn’t know they needed

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter December 13, 2023

This review contains spoilers for Netflix’s “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” may be one of the most popular pieces of media among college students and younger audiences,...

Super Mario RPG’ remake retains magic of the original, but appears graphically enhanced

‘Super Mario RPG’ remake retains magic of the original, but appears graphically enhanced

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter December 13, 2023

“Super Mario RPG” made its debut on the Nintendo Switch in November 2023 as a remake of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic of the same name from 1996. It is, as the title says, an RPG...

‘Alan Wake II:” the most underrated game of 2023

‘Alan Wake II:” the most underrated game of 2023

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter December 11, 2023

When a sequel to the insanely popular single-player thrillfest of a game “Alan Wake” was officially announced, gamers everywhere lost their minds. Alan Wake may be one of the most popular characters...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III” feels disrespectful to loyal fans, but contains solid multiplayer

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III” feels disrespectful to loyal fans, but contains solid multiplayer

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter December 10, 2023

“Call of Duty” has been around since 2003, with “Modern Warfare III” marking the third entry in the rebooted franchise based on the original from the late 2000s and early 2010s. For fans, the previous...

‘The Boy and the Heron’ engulfs audiences in music, stunning visuals, making for new Miyazaki classic

‘The Boy and the Heron’ engulfs audiences in music, stunning visuals, making for new Miyazaki classic

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter December 7, 2023

Miyazaki’s latest film, “The Boy and the Heron,” follows a young boy named Mahito after the death of his mother forces him and his father to relocate and start a new life. Upon the discovery of a...

Q&A: ‘The Bikeriders’ AFF red carpet with writer-director Jeff Nichols

Q&A: ‘The Bikeriders’ AFF red carpet with writer-director Jeff Nichols

Mimi Calzada and Ryan Ranc November 30, 2023

Editor Mimi Calzada took to the Austin Film Festival carpet to speak with writer and director Jeff Nichols about his work on “The Bikeriders” and advice for student filmmakers seeking to make a living...

Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’ is a holiday feast for gorehounds

Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’ is a holiday feast for gorehounds

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter November 30, 2023

Eli Roth’s slasher movie “Thanksgiving” follows a group of teenagers as a festive murderer seeks to take out each of them one-by-one for their involvement in a nightmarish Black Friday tragedy the...

Q&A: ‘Grapefruit,’ independent filmmaking with Chase Joliet, Steph Barkley

Q&A: ‘Grapefruit,’ independent filmmaking with Chase Joliet, Steph Barkley

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter November 16, 2023

Austin Film Festival opens the door for independent filmmakers to show off their passion for storytelling. The Daily Texan sat down with Chase Joliet (writer, director and star) and Steph Barkley (star)...

‘Sonic Superstars’: fun, but not super

‘Sonic Superstars’: fun, but not super

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter November 10, 2023

“Sonic Superstars,” launched this past October, marks Sega’s latest entry into the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and follows the titular character on a 2D platforming journey through Northstar Island.  Sonic...

‘Super Mario Bros. Wonder:’ A much-needed fresh coat of paint on beloved 2D platforming sub-franchise

‘Super Mario Bros. Wonder:’ A much-needed fresh coat of paint on beloved 2D platforming sub-franchise

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter November 8, 2023

“Super Mario Bros. Wonder” officially released this past October, marking the end of the 2D platforming sub-franchise’s dry spell. For years, gamers’ beloved Italian plumber avoided 2D platforming...

‘Spider-Man 2’ improves upon previous two games, making it the best ‘Spider-Man’ game to date

‘Spider-Man 2’ improves upon previous two games, making it the best ‘Spider-Man’ game to date

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist November 7, 2023

Insomniac’s “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” were both considered some of the best video games of their respective years, if not the best of the Spider-Man IP as a whole. “Spider-Man...

Director Macon Blair talks remaking cult classic ‘The Toxic Avenger’

Director Macon Blair talks remaking cult classic ‘The Toxic Avenger’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist November 2, 2023

“The Toxic Avenger” might be the most notable cult classic film within the horror genre due to the gore, goop and grisly humor. Director Macon Blair had the chance to approach the film with his own...

‘The Exorcist: Believer’ spits in the face of original, leaving audiences disappointed at what could’ve been a great legacy sequel

‘The Exorcist: Believer’ spits in the face of original, leaving audiences disappointed at what could’ve been a great legacy sequel

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist October 31, 2023

This review contains spoilers. It’s no secret that “The Exorcist” stands out as one of the most horrific films ever conceived. Decades after its initial release, David Gordon Green’s “The...

‘Saw X’ producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules discuss making a prequel 20 years later

‘Saw X’ producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules discuss making a prequel 20 years later

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist October 31, 2023

With the release of “Saw X” in late September, The Daily Texan sat down with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules to discuss making a prequel for a movie franchise they first started working on over...

“Killers of the Flower Moon” de Martin Scorsese enseña una imagen inquietante del mal actuando en plena vista usando la historia de la tribu Osage

“Killers of the Flower Moon” de Martin Scorsese enseña una imagen inquietante del mal actuando en plena vista usando la historia de la tribu Osage

Ryan Ranc and Jessica Nino October 27, 2023

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 24 de octubre por Ryan Ranc y fue traducido al español por Jessica Nino.  Esta reseña contiene spoilers.  “Killers of the Flower...

‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’: 8 years of waiting made this pizza stale, alright when reheated

‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’: 8 years of waiting made this pizza stale, alright when reheated

Ryan Ranc and Tommy Wilson October 26, 2023

This review contains spoilers. After eight years, the long-awaited “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie based on the games of the same name from developer Scott Cawthon officially comes to theaters...

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ depicts a disturbing picture of evil acting in plain sight, using the Osage tribe’s story

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ depicts a disturbing picture of evil acting in plain sight, using the Osage tribe’s story

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist October 24, 2023

This review contains spoilers.  Content Warning: “Killers of the Flower Moon’s” intense imagery and retelling of real-world events may be triggering for some audiences. Martin Scorsese’s...

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Director Nahnatchka Khan breaks down her comedy-slasher movie entitled ‘Totally Killer’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist October 13, 2023

The Daily Texan took the opportunity to sit down with Nahnatchka Khan, director of the time traveling comedy-slasher “Totally Killer.” She discussed her work on the film, the process of melding comedy...

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Ranking every ‘Friday the 13th’ film to celebrate Friday the 13th

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist October 12, 2023

In celebration of Friday the 13th, The Daily Texan ranked the iconic franchise’s 12 movies, dissecting Jason’s escapades at Camp Crystal Lake, Manhattan and even outer space.   Friday...

Cinematographer Oren Soffer breaks down his work in Gareth Edwards’ ‘The Creator’

Cinematographer Oren Soffer breaks down his work in Gareth Edwards’ ‘The Creator’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columist October 12, 2023

The Daily Texan had the opportunity to sit down with Oren Soffer, one of the cinematographers for Gareth Edwards’ “The Creator,” and discuss both his work on this sci-fi epic and his career as a...

Sci-fi movie ‘The Creator’ showcases an excellent visual style with equally solid writing

Sci-fi movie ‘The Creator’ showcases an excellent visual style with equally solid writing

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist September 28, 2023

Sci-fi stories occupy a weird spot in filmmaking ever since the return of “Star Wars” back in 2015. No one dares step out of line and attempt to create their own story to rival George Lucas’s world...

‘Saw X’ marks gory-ious return of Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, breathing new life into beloved franchise

‘Saw X’ marks gory-ious return of Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, breathing new life into beloved franchise

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist September 28, 2023

The “Saw” franchise cemented itself in the horror sphere around 20 years ago with its soap opera-esque storytelling, toe-curling gore and performances from actors who bring their all to the project....

Director Luc Besson’s ‘Dogman’ explores how a broken person finds refuge in dogs

Director Luc Besson’s ‘Dogman’ explores how a broken person finds refuge in dogs

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist September 27, 2023

Fantastic Fest's third secret screening, Luc Besson’s “Dogman,” premiered Tuesday. The film follows Douglas Munrow (Caleb Landry Jones) after being caught by police and forced to recount his life...

‘V/H/S/85’ showcases 5 thrilling found footage horror stories, bringing together some of the best creators in the horror space

‘V/H/S/85’ showcases 5 thrilling found footage horror stories, bringing together some of the best creators in the horror space

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter September 23, 2023

This review contains spoilers for “V/H/S/85.” After the less-than-stellar reception to “V/H/S/99” last year, the beloved anthology found footage horror franchise returns. “V/H/S/85” pulls...

Director Macon Blair’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ remake pays tribute to iconic Toxie, while still modern, unique

Director Macon Blair’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ remake pays tribute to iconic Toxie, while still modern, unique

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter September 22, 2023

“The Toxic Avenger” saw its world premiere on Thursday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. Directed by Macon Blair and based on the 1984 film of the same name from directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz,...

‘The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ shows TWD franchise still has worthwhile stories to tell

‘The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ shows TWD franchise still has worthwhile stories to tell

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Reporter September 12, 2023

This review contains a minor spoiler from S1E1. “Daryl Dixon,” the newest spinoff of “The Walking Dead” universe featuring Norman Reedus as fan-favorite character, Daryl Dixon, premiered Sept....

Review: Bethesda takes their talents to a new frontier in brand new space action RPG ‘Starfield’

Review: Bethesda takes their talents to a new frontier in brand new space action RPG ‘Starfield’

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist August 31, 2023

Bethesda fans worldwide anticipate the release of the company’s newest single-player action RPG: “Starfield.” Whether or not the game lives up to nearly half a decade of hype, lies in the hands of...

‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ season 1 improves upon recent years, but still lacks overall charm of earlier seasons

‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ season 1 improves upon recent years, but still lacks overall charm of earlier seasons

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist August 22, 2023

The final episodes rounding out “The Walking Dead: Dead City” season one premiered on July 23, leaving audiences reflecting on their feelings for AMC’s first post-”The Walking Dead” era spin-off.  As...

The Daily Texan’s top 5 movies of summer 2023

The Daily Texan’s top 5 movies of summer 2023

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist August 22, 2023

Summer not only marked one of the hottest seasons in history, but also one of the hottest Hollywood movie eras in recent memory. Pulling from the many excellent films released, The Daily Texan compiled...

‘Haunted Mansion’ makes its mark as perfect gateway horror film for kids

‘Haunted Mansion’ makes its mark as perfect gateway horror film for kids

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist July 30, 2023

“Haunted Mansion,” directed by Justin Simien (“Dear White People,” “Bad Hair”) follows Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her son Travis (Chase Dillon) as they move into their new home in New Orleans,...

‘Barbie’ proves director Greta Gerwig can’t miss

‘Barbie’ proves director Greta Gerwig can’t miss

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist July 19, 2023

This review is spoiler free. “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird,” “Little Women”) and written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story,” “White Noise”), follows Barbie...

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ marks Harrison Ford’s final return as iconic snarky adventurer

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ marks Harrison Ford’s final return as iconic snarky adventurer

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist June 29, 2023

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” follows the recently retired Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he’s once again dragged into conflict with Nazis by his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)...

Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’ underwhelming despite out-of-this-world direction

Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’ underwhelming despite out-of-this-world direction

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist June 23, 2023

Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” follows an ensemble cast in Asteroid City during a Junior Stargazer event when an out-of-this-world occurrence confines them to their deserted, All-American town. “Asteroid...

‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ offers fresh approach to undead franchise

‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ offers fresh approach to undead franchise

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist June 19, 2023

“The Walking Dead: Dead City,” the new spinoff show in “The Walking Dead” universe, follows Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they venture through the ruins of apocalyptic...

“The Blackening” blends horror, comedy expertly with excellent cast, witty writing

“The Blackening” blends horror, comedy expertly with excellent cast, witty writing

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist June 15, 2023

“The Blackening,” from writers Tracy Oliver (“Harlem,” “Little”) and Dewayne Perkins (“The Break with Michelle Wolf,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and director Tim Story (“Taxi,” “Ride...

‘Transformers’ soft reboot might be most underwhelming of franchise

‘Transformers’ soft reboot might be most underwhelming of franchise

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist June 11, 2023

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” directed by Steven Calle Jr. (“Creed II,” “The Land”), follows the Autobots attempting to leave Earth to return to their home. Meanwhile, a fight between...

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” nothing short of remarkable

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” nothing short of remarkable

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist June 1, 2023

After a five-year wait, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, swings into theaters and sets a new standard for superhero movies. “Spider-Man: Across...

‘The Little Mermaid’ overcomes common remake issues, still feels hollow

‘The Little Mermaid’ overcomes common remake issues, still feels hollow

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist May 30, 2023

“The Little Mermaid,” directed by Rob Marshall (“Mary Poppins Returns,” “Into the Woods”), reimagines the original 1989 Disney film of the same name. It follows Ariel (Halle Bailey), a mermaid...

“Beau is Afraid,” pure, unadulterated Ari Aster brain-scrambling art

“Beau is Afraid,” pure, unadulterated Ari Aster brain-scrambling art

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist April 19, 2023

“Beau is Afraid,” the newest film from writer and director Ari Aster of “Hereditary” and “Midsommar,”, follows Beau (Joaquin Phoenix) as he takes a journey home from his city apartment to his...

‘Renfield’: Bloody entertainment with muddled script

‘Renfield’: Bloody entertainment with muddled script

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist April 12, 2023

“Renfield,” directed by Chris McKay (“The Lego Movie,” “The Lego Batman Movie”), follows henchman Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) who works for Count Dracula (Nicolas Cage) as he explores his toxic...

‘Tetris,’ business thriller filled with deceit, tetrominoes

‘Tetris,’ business thriller filled with deceit, tetrominoes

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist April 6, 2023

From director Jon S. Baird and writer Noah Pink, “Tetris” is based on the true story of businessman Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton) and Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Efremov). The semi-biographical...

Life&Arts live coverage team reflects on best moments at SXSW

Life&Arts live coverage team reflects on best moments at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor The 10-day festival marathon began with artist interviews at hotels and ended at Paramount Theatre, a venue this musically inclined editor had never stepped foot in...

Q&A: Zachary Levi discusses the return to Shazam! in new sequel ‘Fury of the Gods’

Q&A: Zachary Levi discusses the return to Shazam! in new sequel ‘Fury of the Gods’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist March 20, 2023

With the recent release of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” The Daily Texan had the opportunity to attend a round table and ask Zachary Levi about his role as Shazam! “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” follows...

Q&A: Jon S. Baird, Noah Pink discuss “Tetris,” filmmaking advice

Q&A: Jon S. Baird, Noah Pink discuss “Tetris,” filmmaking advice

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist March 20, 2023

Making its world premiere at South by Southwest on Wednesday, “Tetris” follows the real story of Henk and Alexey’s unlikely friendship and their journey in developing the game Tetris — now one...

Q&A: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ cast, crew discuss franchise legacy, filmmaking advice

Q&A: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ cast, crew discuss franchise legacy, filmmaking advice

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist March 20, 2023

At the North American premiere of “Evil Dead Rise” at South by Southwest on Wednesday, The Daily Texan attended the red carpet to speak with its cast and crew members about their experiences with the...

Director Molly McGlynn discusses personal narratives and the upcoming traumedy ‘Bloody Hell’

Director Molly McGlynn discusses personal narratives and the upcoming traumedy ‘Bloody Hell’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 19, 2023

Ahead of Monday night’s world premiere of upcoming traumedy “Bloody Hell,” The Daily Texan spoke with director Molly McGlynn and lead actress Maddie Ziegler. The semi-biographical picture — drawing...

‘Evil Dead Rise,’ bloody fun that respects franchise roots

‘Evil Dead Rise,’ bloody fun that respects franchise roots

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 17, 2023

“Evil Dead Rise” by director Lee Cronin follows the tenants of a soon-to-be torn down apartment building as evil from beyond locks them on their floor and attempts to kill them. Cronin clearly went...

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ is a love letter to the action genre

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ is a love letter to the action genre

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 15, 2023

“John Wick: Chapter 4” follows John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as the bounty over his head rapidly increases. Taking his fight with the High Table global, the legendary hitman pushes himself to the limits...

SXSW Texas Shorts Showcase features local filmmakers

SXSW Texas Shorts Showcase features local filmmakers

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist March 9, 2023

Each year, South by Southwest gives opportunities to Texas’ independent film community, as it opens networking opportunities with bigger production companies and unlocks secrets of filmmaking for newcomers....

‘Scream VI: Ghostface takes Manhattan’ review

‘Scream VI: Ghostface takes Manhattan’ review

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 9, 2023

This review is spoiler-free. “Scream VI,” directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of filmmaking collective Radio Silence, follows sisters Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna...

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ has big ideas, but does little in execution

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ has big ideas, but does little in execution

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 16, 2023

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, marks the third entry in Scott Lang’s story. As a result of tech created by Cassie, Lang’s daughter, the...

Movies to watch this Friday the 13th

Movies to watch this Friday the 13th

Sage Dunlap and Ryan Ranc January 11, 2023

While ghouls and evil spirits may rise to haunt the streets of Austin this upcoming Friday the 13th, many people might opt to enjoy the holiday with the comfort of a warm blanket and a bowl of popcorn....

[SPOILER-FREE] M3GAN: Look out Chucky, there’s a new doll in town

[SPOILER-FREE] M3GAN: Look out Chucky, there’s a new doll in town

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist January 11, 2023

“M3GAN,” a horror/sci-fi film directed by Gerard Johnstone and written by Akela Cooper and James Wan, follows roboticist and toymaker Gemma (Allison Williams) as she builds an AI, lifelike doll named...

Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc returns in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ sequel ‘Glass Onion’

Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc returns in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ sequel ‘Glass Onion’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist December 29, 2022

After the successful release of Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” in 2019, Netflix obtained the rights to two more sequels from the mystery movie behemoth. Audiences worldwide wondered how on earth more...

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ tears audiences’ hearts in two, provides enriching story experience

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ tears audiences’ hearts in two, provides enriching story experience

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist December 9, 2022

TW: While this review itself doesn’t tackle difficult themes, the movie itself discusses substance abuse, obesity, depression, suicide, and abuse. “The Whale,” directed by Darren Aronofsky and...

Q&A: Darren Aronofsky, Samuel D. Hunter discuss meaning, complexities of A24’s ‘The Whale’

Q&A: Darren Aronofsky, Samuel D. Hunter discuss meaning, complexities of A24’s ‘The Whale’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist December 9, 2022

“The Whale,” from director Darren Aronofsky and writer Samuel D. Hunter, follows the last week of English teacher Charlie’s (Brendan Fraser) life and his last effort to make a positive mark on...

Violent Night’ wishes audiences a very bloody Christmas, happy bruised year

Violent Night’ wishes audiences a very bloody Christmas, happy bruised year

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist December 8, 2022

Director Tommy Wirkola’s “Violent Night” follows Santa Claus (David Harbour) after getting stuck at the home of the wealthy Lightstone family during a group of criminals’ heist to steal millions...

UT alum Anna Saathoff talks ‘Strange World,’ the film industry

UT alum Anna Saathoff talks ‘Strange World,’ the film industry

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life&Arts Film Columnist December 8, 2022

Anna Saathoff graduated from the UT with a radio-television-film degree and said she found herself falling in love with animation and the power of its storytelling. She eventually found herself working...

2022 wrap-up: best movies, TV shows, music of the year

2022 wrap-up: best movies, TV shows, music of the year

Ryan Ranc, Reya Mosby, Sage Dunlap, and Aaron Boehmer December 2, 2022

Rich in great entertainment in all hemispheres of media, 2022 shined with its releases this year. As the fall semester comes to an end and 2023 rounds the corner, The Daily Texan compiled a list of the...

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is a love letter to cinema

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is a love letter to cinema

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist December 1, 2022

Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” follows the life of Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle), as he grows up to love the art of filmmaking. Loosely based on Spielberg’s own life, Sammy begins to question...

Disneys ‘Strange World’ feels strangely ordinary

Disney’s ‘Strange World’ feels strangely ordinary

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist December 1, 2022

“Strange World” follows the Clade family after entering an alternate world beneath their city on a mission to restore energy to their futuristic utopia. Yet, when familial scars show their teeth, the...

Nikyatu Jusu crafts beautiful, haunting film with “Nanny”

Nikyatu Jusu crafts beautiful, haunting film with “Nanny”

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist November 30, 2022

Writer and director Nikyatu Jusu, a Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker, tells the story of Aisha, an immigrant living in New York City, and her job as a nanny for an upper-class family. Aisha finds herself...

Q&A: Nikyatu Jusu speaks on cinematography, themes of debut feature: ‘Nanny’

Q&A: Nikyatu Jusu speaks on cinematography, themes of debut feature: ‘Nanny’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Film Columnist November 30, 2022

The Daily Texan sat down and discussed “Nanny” with Nikyatu Jusu, Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker known for writing and directing a wide variety of award-winning short films. Most recently, her directorial...

‘Hellraiser’ brings triumphant return with first female Pinhead

‘Hellraiser’ brings triumphant return with first female Pinhead

Ryan Ranc, Life & Arts Film Columnist November 18, 2022

After years of subpar sequels squandering “Hellraiser” fans' hopes, director David Bruckner’s entrance into the franchise for its 11th installment breathes new life into a slowly dying franchise.  Actress...

Red Carpet Highlights from Austin Film Festival

Shezan Samanani, Anita Shiva, Ryan Ranc, and Mimi Calzada November 15, 2022

Check out red carpet highlights from the 29th Annual Austin Film Festival. The Daily Texan asked writers, directors, producers and other crew members about their filmmaking experiences and what they hope...

What Makes Austin Film Festival Special

Shezan Samanani, Anita Shiva, Ryan Ranc, and Mimi Calzada November 9, 2022

The 29th Annual Austin Film Festival took place Oct. 27- Nov. 3. Attendees talk about what makes AFF different from other film festivals and share their experiences regarding the screenwriting conference. This...

Austin Film Festival returns to Austin for 29th run

Ryan Ranc, Aaron Boehmer, Sage Dunlap, and Mimi Calzada November 7, 2022

The Austin Film Festival returned last week with its 29th celebration. Filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts alike traveled across the globe to showcase and enjoy anything from feature-length dramas to comedic...

Behind the Scenes of House of Torment

Christina Dove, Ryan Ranc, and Cameron Coburn October 30, 2022

The Daily Texan visits House of Torment to see how it creates its horror. UT alumni discuss how they use their university degrees to help put on the show. This video was produced under Video Editor...

Unscripted Ep 08: The “Halloween” Franchise

In this episode of Unscripted, Ryan and Sage unpack the "Halloween" franchise, including "Halloween" (1978), "Halloween" (2018) and "Halloween Kills" (2021). Stay tuned for an upcoming episode about the...

Unscripted Ep 07: Blonde

This week, Sage and Ryan bring in special guests Reya Mosby, Life & Arts Editor, and Aaron Boehmer, Life & Arts Senior Reporter, and Aaron Boehmer, Life & Arts Senior Reporter, to discuss Netflix's...

‘Terrifier 2’: Excellent, excessive gorefest for all horror fans

‘Terrifier 2’: Excellent, excessive gorefest for all horror fans

Ryan Ranc, Senior film columnist October 4, 2022

Director Damien Leone splattered the screen with the presence of Art the Clown in his 2016 gore-tastic grindhouse horror film: “Terrifier.” Now, Leone and Art the Clown return for a sequel entitled:...

Netflix’s “Blonde” lacks direction, empathy

Netflix’s “Blonde” lacks direction, empathy

Ryan Ranc, Life&Arts Senior Film Columnist September 28, 2022

Content Warning: “Blonde” is rated NC-17 and showcases scenes of sexual assault. “Blonde,” based on a fictional book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, explores the story of the late Marilyn...

Mia Goth shines bright in Ti West’s ‘X’ prequel: ‘Pearl’

Mia Goth shines bright in Ti West’s ‘X’ prequel: ‘Pearl’

Ryan Ranc, Senior Life & Arts Film Columnist September 16, 2022

“Pearl,” directed by Ti West, follows Pearl (Mia Goth) at her family’s farm during the era of the Spanish Flu and World War I. After her husband Howard (Alistair Sewell) departs to fight overseas,...

Unscripted Ep 04: Enemy

In honor of Sage’s birthday, Sage and Ryan dive into one of Sage’s favorite films, Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” Discussions include: the controversial cuteness of spiders, romance within the horror...

Unscripted Ep 03: Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

Ryan Ranc, Sage Dunlap September 12, 2022

This week, Sage and Ryan break down the new comedy-horror film “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies.” Discussions include: Gen Z humor, complicated friendship dynamics and, of course, Pete Davidson.

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