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Mystery Science Theater Alums Discuss the Art of Movie Riffing

Posted on · (Above: L-R Frank Conniff as TV’s Frank and Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester in the early days of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”) The revival of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted on Netflix last month (April 14, 2017). The show’s premise is all an excuse just to hear a guy — no […]

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Segregation, Construction Numbers and Ben Kingsley: Thursday’s Show (September 15, 2016)

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. Houston exhibits something called “the entropy index,” meaning our city comes closer than any other […]

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Film Critic Joe Leydon Professes His Love of All Things Monty Python

Posted on · Tonight (Aug. 10, 2016) and again next week (Aug. 18, 2016) area Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will present a Monty Python and the Holy Grail quote-along, complete with your own coconut clomping! Seems a fitting moment to discuss all things Python with Joe Leydon, who teaches cinema at the University of Houston and Houston Community College, and is a […]

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‘The Martian’ Balances Scientific Accuracy with a Compelling Story

Posted on · The new movie The Martian opens today, starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut who’s stranded on Mars. He has to resort to some pretty extreme engineering tactics to survive. The movie’s based on the novel by the same name by Andy Weir, both of which might strike a chord here in Houston, a […]

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Houston Bank Robber Uses Film to Make Amends with His Victims and Family

Posted on · Darius Monroe was an honor student who at 16, robbed a bank. Years later, he returned home to Houston to learn how his actions affected family, friends, and victims of the robbery. He’s made a film about it, called Evolution of A Criminal. The film is showing Oct. 31 — Nov. 6 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema […]

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Why Are Movies Like ‘The Princess Bride’ So Darn Quotable?

Posted on · Host Craig Cohen talks with Houston area film critic Joe Leydon about the 1987 film The Princess Bride, and why it and films like it (if there are any) are so darned quotable. There’s a free outdoor screening of the film at Market Square Park this Friday night at 8:30, and it will also be shown, in “quote-along” form, at the Alamo Drafthouse […]