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Full Show: Steel And Aluminum Tariffs, And Rice University President David Leebron (March 2, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn how potential new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports could affect the Houston economy. Then, Rice University President David Leebron answers listener questions. Plus, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And we preview the Houston Jewish Film Festival.

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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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“I Dream Too Much” — A Movie About Women, for Women and By Women

Posted on · Director Katie Cokinos is no stranger to the Texas film scene, even though she’s now in New York’s Hudson Valley raising her family. She ran SWAMP — that’s Southwest Alternate Media Project — in the late 80s and was managing director of the Austin Film Society in 1990. Those years in Austin film meant she […]

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What Movies Have Influenced Houstonians?

Posted on · For the past decade, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has held a film series called “Movies Houstonians Love.” Each screening features a well-known Houstonian who selects a movie that has influenced him or her in some way. The series began its tenth season earlier this month, and Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty sat down with the museum’s Marian Luntz to talk […]

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How Do You Convince Film Producers to Shoot in Houston?

Posted on · When film producers decide to shoot a movie in a certain location, it can be a boon for that area’s economy. The production team needs crew members, hotels, food, office equipment — you name it. So how do you convince movie makers to shoot their films in Greater Houston? We discuss efforts to attract film […]

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Linklater: Making ‘Boyhood’ Over a 12-Year Span Was a Leap of Faith

Posted on · Writer/director Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood is now in theatres, just a mere 12 years since the Houston native first began shooting it. The famed director of Dazed and Confused, Bernie, Waking Life, the Before series and School of Rock decided to engage in a long-term experiment of sorts: make a narrative film about growing […]

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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 […]

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Preview: Interview with Wes Anderson

Posted on · Director and Houston native, Wes Anderson, recently sat down with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to talk about his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and about the ways Houston has influenced his film making. Houston literally makes appearances in his movies, such as Rushmore, which was shot at an area prep school. Here’s a […]