Sundance: Eat Through L.A. With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold

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Halfway through Laura Gabbert's documentary City of Gold, a salute to Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize–winning food critic's brother Mark reveals a dark family secret: Gold grew up devouring iceberg lettuce and orange Jell-O.

Every day, we eat. It's a must. And those meals tell a story: The peanut sauce Grandma invented, the Korean tacos that signify L.A.'s mash-up culture, and even that Jell-O, a shorthand for a childhood in South Central, where Gold's father, a probation officer who dreamed of being an English professor, cared more about filling his sons' heads with high culture than he did filling their bellies with fancy food.

He fed them right. Gold doesn't just judge a black mole — he compares it to sculpture. In his reviews, the merits of a bowl of pho spill over into opinions on punk rock, gentrification, and the American Dream. Food is vital, interpretative and alive. Every small restaurant represents someone's homeland and hope. As Gold tells the camera, "Taco should be a verb."

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Sundance: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood

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Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender Boyhood on a high. His star, 18-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and was ready to conquer the world. But what if Linklater had kept filming? And what if Mason wasn't an actor, but a real teenage boy?

Meet Samuel Klemke. He, too, was the creative kid in class. But Sam was even more ambitious and outgoing. In high school in the '70s, Sam got a video camera and began recording everything himself -- no Oscar-nominated director required. Starting in 1977, the year he turned 19, Sam's hobby became a vow: At the end of every year, he'd film a diary entry about the last twelve months. "The purpose of all of this is to stimulate growth and improvement," Sam explained. "It can capture time, time that we'll never see again." He expected to record his triumphs. He had no idea how bad his life would turn out to be.

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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers

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BY INKOO KANG

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore's great misfortune isn't that it replaces The Colbert Report, but that it premieres after Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. The Colbert Report was sui generis, and will likely remain so, because such a series makes leviathan demands on its host: crackerjack comedic skills, superb acting chops, and the massive humility to subsume himself completely into his character. Last Week Tonight, on the other hand, is a gauntlet thrown down before every other late-night comedy show (and news program), defying them to attempt its rare combination of smart, sidesplitting and viral.


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Oscars Podcast: Can you Identify the Traits of 'Oscar Bait?'

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The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, at dallasobserver.com/movies.

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Girls, Season 4: Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up

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BY INKOO KANG

Among many other things, Girls has always been great satire, lampooning with scolding empathy the callowness, narcissism and insufferableness of early-to-mid twentysomethings who are privileged enough to spend their post-grad years making mistake after mistake with no serious consequences. But the HBO dramedy's fourth season, in which Hannah (Lena Dunham) leaves Brooklyn to attend the University of Iowa's famed writers' workshop, suffers a kind of repetitive-motion injury from hitting its tiny target one too many times. Despite the new setting, the show's failure to develop past its initial raison d'être of sending up youthful foibles encases it in a cast of sitcom stasis.

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The Drafthouse Schedules a Tremors Screening After a String of Earthquakes

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The sudden wave of earthquakes that swept across North Texas in the past couple of days also sparked a wave of concern about the practice of fracking in the natural gas industry. The earthquakes gave us quite a scare as well, but not because of fracking. We've been assured by the oil and gas industry and Texas' fine environmental regulators that fracking is completely safe. Besides, we've seen too many movies to not know the truth.

This is how it always starts. Something obvious gets the blame and then ... wham! ... some ungodly creature that's sees us as nothing but McNuggets with legs pops out of the ground and starts picking us off one by one.

"That's how they get ya," Kevin Bacon once warned. "They're under the goddamn ground."

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Arlington Woman Woos The Bachelor with Barbie Karaoke

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That's our girl up front, so proud.

Here's an idea. Maybe the government should torture terrorists with three hours of The Bachelor (including a red carpet arrival of past Bachelors and Bachelorettes) and then we'll see if they learn their lesson. Last night was the premiere of The Bachelor and our eyes were graced with 30 women stepping out of black limos wearing tight, ass-hugging dresses and trying anything to make a lasting impression on Bachelor Farmer Chris. And this writer witnessed it all. For the sake of the blog. For the sake of the blog.


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Arlington Woman Competes for Farmer's Love on The Bachelor

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Did you wake up this morning with an extra hop in your step? Did you put an extra creamer in your coffee? Did you sing extra loudly in the shower?

We're sure you did. We're positive you did because today is Monday, Jan. 5, the day of the premiere of the 19th season of The Bachelor.

Please, calm yourself. Sit down. Relax. You probably just jumped out of your chair with excitement, but your boss is looking at you and everyone is growing suspicious. Not only is Farmer Chris this year's luckiest man alive because he has gets to date 30 women, but he's also extremely lucky because Arlington resident Carly Waddell is one of them.

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Reality TV Bites Dallas in 2014

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Antoinette from Catfish.
How did reality TV treat Dallas this year, you might be asking yourself, those around you or your trusted Dallas arts blog. Oh, God. Seriously, why would you ask that? How did Al Roker's bowel movements treat him during his visit to the White House? It's something similar to that.

It's not really about the quality this time. Let's focus on the quantity because reality TV saw plenty of Dallas natives in 2014. And well ... drum roll please ... we can't hear you... OK ... here goes nothing.

Antoinette from Catfish
If you've never seen MTV's Catfish, then you're missing out on one hell of a roller coaster ride. It's a spinoff show from the 2010 documentary about people deceiving other people online. In this particular episode, we meet Antoinette, a 21-year-old waitress at Redneck Heaven, who has fallen for some singer/rapper/guy via Instagram. The hosts of the show take her to meet him and surprise -- no, this is an actual surprise -- he was who he said he was. It was a rare thing for the show because typically, it's a 16-year-old gamer dude pretending to be a Maxim model, so the fact everything turned out to be the truth is really unique for the show.

What she's up to now: I don't really know. I saw her in Deep Ellum once with a guy who wasn't her love interest from Catfish and a white husky dog along with them. She was nice. And she tweets things like this:


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The Alamo Drafthouse Will Screen The Interview on Christmas Day After All

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The Alamo Drafthouse defeated tyranny by announcing new screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day.

If the movies have taught us anything, it's that Christmas is a time for miracles. Days after Sony Pictures announced that no one could see Seth Rogen's and James Franco's movie The Interview because some hackers threatened to blow up the world for daring to make a joke about beloved North Korean tyrant and Dennis Rodman BFF Kim Jong-Un, the Alamo Drafthouse announced it will screen the film on Christmas Day as originally planned.

Drafthouse founder Tim League announced on his Twitter , "Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory." A ticket page for the Christmas Day premiere of The Interview went up earlier today and so far, two screenings of the movie have already sold out.

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