Tags : Houston

Quixote Nuevo at the Alley Theatre

¡Hola, Amigos! Houston’s Alley Theatre has teamed up with the Hartford Stage and Huntington Theater Company to bring Quixote Nuevo to the Bayou City. The stage production, a vibrant, super-entertaining modern-spin on Cervantes’ classic, Don Quixote, is now playing through February 9th at the Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Theatre. The play is a crowd-pleaser and whether you’re a longtime fan […]Read More

Fully Committed at the Alley Theatre

Season’s greetings! The Alley Theatre in downtown Houston is taking reservations for Becky Mode’s delectable comedy Fully Committed, now playing onstage in their Neuhaus Theatre through December 29th. The play, directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, features an impressively dynamic performance by Dylan Godwin as Sam, the unfortunate soul who gets stuck as the lone person manning […]Read More

Latin Wave 14 at the MFAH

¡Hola amigos y fanáticos del cine! The 14th annual Latin Wave Film Festival crashes into the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Thursday, May 2nd, flooding the Brown Auditorium Theater with the flavors of Latin American cinema through Sunday, May 5th. Audiences can immerse themselves in a fantastic selection of films (11 in total) and […]Read More

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché shines a

Hello, film fans! Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Georges Méliès and the Lumière Brothers, but have you ever heard of Alice Guy-Blaché, the original Queen of motion pictures? The answer is probably “no.” Despite being a pioneer of the medium — a trailblazer responsible for some of the first narrative fiction films and the first film […]Read More

Holmes and Watson at the Alley Theatre

A new Alley Theatre production is always cause for excitement. The intimate venue in downtown Houston is one of the many cultural gems that makes me proud to live in this city. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, prices are reasonable, the crowd is sophisticated but not stuffy, parking’s convenient, and most importantly, […]Read More

Fantasia and the Houston Symphony Orchestra at Jones Hall

Hellooo Houston! This weekend, the Houston Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Mickey Mouse) at Jones Hall for the ultimate pairing of live music and the moving image. The orchestra, led by conductor Steven Reineke, will play selections from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 while the movies play on the big screen. With performances […]Read More

Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2017

Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2017 took place from November 9th – 13th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Rice Media Center, Diverseworks, and a few other locations in close proximity to downtown H-Town. HCAF continues to be my favorite film festival in Houston thanks to a tradition of excellent programming by Artistic Director, Richard […]Read More

Freaky Friday at the Alley Theatre

TGIFF! What’s the extra F for? Freaky! Disney’s Freaky Friday, the new musical based on Mary Rodgers’ charming 1972 children’s novel and the two movies it inspired, is now playing at the Alley Theatre in downtown Houston (through July 2nd). I recently had a chance to check it out and I left the theater with […]Read More

The Houston Jewish Film Festival

Shalom! This weekend, Saturday, March 12th – Sunday, March 13th, is the 11th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In collaboration with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, the MFAH presents an entertaining and thought-provoking lineup of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. This year’s […]Read More

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Toruk – The First Flight, is inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 epic sci-fi adventure, Avatar (until recently, the highest-grossing film of all-time). The Na’vi are currently flying, flipping, and bouncing their way across the States, setting up shop for limited engagements in locations like downtown Houston’s Toyota Center, where […]Read More

Diary of a Film Freak: January ’16

Hello, Dave. I watched 100 movies in January. Didn’t set out to, just did. After a couple of busy months packed with awards season screeners and screenings, it was nice to chill out and watch some movies of my choosing. A lot of the films I watched are comfort movies; old favorites I’ve revisited countless […]Read More

Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2015

Howdy folks! This year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival featured an impressive lineup of films and a diverse array of guests, from hip-hop legends Kid ‘N Play to Kidlat Tahimik, “the father of the new Filipino cinema.” For 8 days, venues in and around Houston’s museum district played host to a variety of screenings curated by […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Assassin

*This short review is a segment of my previously published Fantastic Fest article. Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien won best director at Cannes and rightfully so. His wuxia film is exquisite; each scene is meticulously framed and beautifully shot. There are scenes in crisp black and white, but most are in sumptuous color, some impressively lit […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Mood Indigo

Like a modern day Georges Méliès, director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) fills Mood Indigo with luscious practical effects that give the film a wonderful handmade quality. There’s a crawling doorbell critter, stop-motion food, rotating handshakes, and dozens of other visual gags and metaphors. The mood of the […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Code Black

Code Black is an experiential documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of America’s busiest emergency room. It is a first-person reflection of director Ryan McGarry’s own training at Los Angeles County General Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, “C-Booth”, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Premature

Premature debuted at SXSW in March and was immediately dubbed as Groundhog Day meets American Pie. It borrows the repeating day structure of the former and the crude humor and high school setting of the latter. Director Dan Beers cites John Hughes as an influence and the movie does have an ’80s vibe, but it’s more […]Read More

Weekend Movie Rundown!

Reviews for Cold in July and A Million Ways to Die in the West. 2014 has been a stellar year for independent/small budget films and you can add Cold in July to the list. I wasn’t familiar with director Jim Mickle, but his latest effort prompted me to check out some of his earlier work. […]Read More

Weekend Rundown: 5 Film Reviews

Quick reviews for Jodorowsky’s Dune, Brick Mansions, The Face of Love, Last Passenger, and Under the Skin. Jodorowsky’s Dune is the best thing I watched all week.  It’s an entertaining documentary that tells the captivating story behind the greatest movie never made.  Alejandro Jodorowsky is an interesting fella and a visionary filmmaker (El Topo, The […]Read More