Tags : Salty Winters

Salty Reviews: 2 New NOLA Jazz Docs

The spirit of New Orleans and Louisiana is alive and well with the return of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival earlier this month and two new jazz docs hitting theaters in the coming weeks. Ryan Sufferne and Frank Marshall’s Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story, and Martin Shore’s Take Me to the River: […]Read More

Latin Wave 15 at the MFAH

It’s back! After a 2-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the 15th annual Latin Wave Film Festival crashes into the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Thursday, April 21st, flooding the museum’s Brown Auditorium and Lynn Wyatt Theater with the flavors of Latin American cinema through Sunday, April 24th. This year’s festival features 11 films from 7 countries, […]Read More

Cinema de Bergerac: Cyrano on the Big Screen

When you think of the great noses in movie history, few stand out like Cyrano de Bergerac’s. The rhyme-reciting, sword-fighting, Roxanne-loving, wiener-faced hero from Edmond Rostand’s enduring play has been synonymous with noses for almost as long as Pinocchio, dating all the way back to the late 19th century (1897). Both stories have withstood the […]Read More

Salty Reviews: Jungle Cruise

Like a digital turd floating downriver, Disney’s latest green screen spectacle, Jungle Cruise is headed to theaters and Disney Plus (+$29.99) on Friday. The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, and it’s supposedly inspired by classic jungle movies like The African Queen (1951) and Romancing the Stone (1984). It feels more like the […]Read More

Salty Reviews: Untitled Pizza Movie

Untitled Pizza Movie is a clever title. It made me want to watch David Shapiro’s unconventional 7-part documentary series before I even knew what it was. They had me at pizza. Back in the mid-90s, pals Dave Shapiro and Leeds Atkinson took advantage of a camera shop’s generous return policy and borrowed some film equipment. […]Read More

Coming to America: A Look Back at a Timeless, Endearing

There are movies that you watch one time and that’s enough for a lifetime, and there are movies that you revisit time and time again, and never tire of, like old friends. For most of my life, I’ve had a voracious appetite for cinema (one that some might find unhealthy) and in that time I’ve […]Read More

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

Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2019

What’s good, H-Town?! Are you ready for Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2019? Houston’s best film fest (with all due respect to Latin Wave and QFest) kicks off Thursday, November 14th and runs through Monday, November 18th with screenings at a number of Houston institutions including the MFAH, Rice Cinema, the Asia Society Texas Center and […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Dolemite Is My Name

As a teenager in the 90s I had all of my Eddie Murphy VHS tapes proudly displayed on the wooden shelf attached to my waterbed. Eddie was the king and his movies had prime position in my collection next to the original Star Wars trilogy, the James Bond Collection (I was a Roger Moore guy), […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2019 Recap and Film Ranking

Hello fellow earthlings! The dust has settled on another Fantastic Fest and I survived to tell the tale. It was an unforgettable week full of marvelous movies and fun events. The last time I checked in I had seen 18 movies in the first 4 days of the fest and I was still going strong. […]Read More

Artists Pick Their Favorite Posters from MondoCon 5

Mondokhaaan!!! Last weekend (September 14th and 15th) freaks and geeks (artists and collectors) flocked to the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX for MondoCon 5, the preeminent shindig for limited edition screen printed movie posters. It was a flash of a weekend that consisted of panels, screenings, fun times with familiar faces, food, lines, and […]Read More

Fantastic Fest Turns 15!

Greetings film freaks, movie geeks, and other peeps! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Fantastic Fest kicks off Thursday, September 19th and runs through Thursday, September 26th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX. If you’ve never attended or (God forbid) you’re not a rabid fan of cinema, allow me to […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

In 2015, Chinese poet/photographer-turned-writer/director Bi Gan put his stamp on arthouse cinema with his dreamily exquisite debut, Kaili Blues. The movie is a cinematic tone poem that eschews formulaic filmmaking in favor of a more sensuous experience. It evokes similar feelings as Tarkovsky’s Stalker (high praise) and is a beautiful movie that’s best known for […]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

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Kid Who Would Be King

Like the iconic sword of Arthurian legend rising out of the water, writer/director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) emerges with The Kid Who Would Be King, an Excalibur-sharp update of the timeless King Arthur tale, and a new classic in the realm of kid-friendly fantasy films the whole family can enjoy. The Kid Who Would Be […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Bodied

I recently watched Joseph Khan’s battle rap movie Bodied again for the first time since seeing it at Fantastic Fest in 2017. It was officially released this year and is now available to watch on YouTube. I had fun watching it at the festival, but I didn’t fully embrace it and I wanted to give it […]Read More