Ghost-meh-sters

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by Andrew Osborne

Well, I’m not exactly siding with internet trolls (and it will come as no surprise) when I say the new Ghostbusters is not even quite as good as Ghostbusters II (which at least had a teaspoon of recognizable human behavior in Venkman’s bitter divorce from Sigourney Weaver’s character, a bit more for Ernie Hudson to do, and some funny bits with Peter MacNicol).
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PUKE Online!

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by Andrew Osborne

Previously available on VHS dubs only (and Austin public access TV), the underground ’90s classic PUKE is now online!  SEE a sweet young suburban child transformed by SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL (and questionable parenting choices) into mohawk’d rebellion!

That’ll do, Preacher, that’ll do.

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by Andrew Osborne

Preacher, the comic, hooked me right away and kept me reading straight through to the end.

Preacher, the TV show, had a promising pilot and a fairly solid cast…but somehow, AMC’s managed to make a series about a vampire, two gun-toting outlaw lovers & a war in Heaven 100 times duller than Saul Goodman Xeroxing legal documents.

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The Ol’ Pod Shop, Episode 3

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by Andrew Osborne

Click here for Part 3 of my ongoing online archive, featuring a Mad About You sitcom spec I wrote based on a nasty case of food poisoning that I experienced while living with my first serious girlfriend. (Don’t listen while eating!)

I Was Dreaming When I Wrote This

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by Scott Von Doviak

Prince is dead and I don’t feel so good myself. 2016 is already notorious as the year the music died, but this is the rock ‘n roll tombstone I dreaded most, the bullet I thought I dodged last week when Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and he was rumored to be at death’s door. When that proved to be a false alarm (at least temporarily), I made a mental note to see Prince next time he came to town because, after all, who knows when it might be the last time? Well, the last time will never come, hard as it is to believe. So all I have are memories, presented here in roughly chronological order…

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SXSW 2016: The Rest of the Fest

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by Andrew Osborne

Last week, I posted my Top Five of SXSW 2016, and now it’s time for the honorable mentions & also-rans, starting with…

1. ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA

Thought-provoking and (during at least one SXSW post-screening Q&A) argument-sparking, Matt Ornstein’s documentary examines racial discrimination through the eyes of Daryl Davis, a black musician who befriends white supremacists in hopes of changing the world, one Klansman & neo-Nazi at a time.

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The Five Best Films I Saw At SXSW 2016

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by Andrew Osborne

1. THE TOWER

Winner of both the SXSW 2016 Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary, director Keith Maitland’s animated/non-fiction hybrid depicting the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas is roughly an hour of the most gripping drama I’ve seen in years, followed by about 30 minutes of pretty good gun control advocacy.

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