DALLAS — Not every 6-year-old bursts into a blissful rendition of “Getting to Know You” on request.
AUSTIN — Music lovers old enough to remember 1992 recognized Snoop Dogg’s greatness the moment he was introduced to the world, when he delivered the opening verse on Dr. Dre’s classic “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.” The character and cadence of his rapping, the unmistakable drip in his voice — he’s one of those rare artists who arrived on the national scene fully formed and spitting gold.
AUSTIN — Leon Bridges is new to South by Southwest, the annual event whose music portion kicked into high gear Wednesday in the state’s capital. But fortunately for the stylish Fort Worth soul man, he enters the fray as one of the hottest new acts among the more than 2,000 playing showcases.
AUSTIN — Women and minorities are ignored. Prices are too high. Games are too long and too difficult. These aren’t the complaints of disgruntled consumers but observations from top gaming executives at the South by Southwest games festival in Austin.
This week, we begin in South America: Alberto Arvelo directed this Spanish- and English-language bio-pic about Simón Bolívar, the revolutionary leader who helped liberate much of South America from the Spanish in the early 1800s (a liberator, not a dictator).
Complain, complain, complain. Artist Kathe Kollwitz got one of her biggest laughs of the night — and it was an evening with lots of laughter — when she shared one of her many weapons against an art world that is, in the words of environmentalist John Muir, too male, too pale and too stale.
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.
Actor Jason Lee preferred to give one of his favorite bands the spotlight — both in the documentary he directed about Denton’s Midlake — and in the question-and-answer session afterward.
Flips, kicks, spins and the good old red, white and blue — these are the things that inspired the documentary Sweethearts of the Gridiron, which will play to a sold-out audience during this year’s Thin Line, a five-day local film, music and photography festival in Denton.
Director Lynn Shelton works from Andrea Seigel’s script to set up a ridiculous premise before turning it into a film that’s decently entertaining — and at times insightful. Shelton also has help from a trio of likable performers who bring some levity to a series of awkward situations.