Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

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Austin Film Festival 2017 announces first wave of films
 Austin filmmaker Brandon Dickerson’s “Amanda & Jack Go Glamping” (starring  David Arquette and Amy Acker), “Flock of Four” and the season finale of HBO’s new drama “The Deuce” will all world-premiere at the 2017 Austin Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday as the the writer-focused fest...

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Austin filmmaker Brandon Dickerson’s “Amanda & Jack Go Glamping” (starring David Arquette and Amy Acker), “Flock of Four” and the season finale of HBO’s new drama “The Deuce” will all world-premiere at the 2017 Austin Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday as the the writer-focused fest...
EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’
 Huzzah, we say! Here is the exclusive (until someone lifts the link it because this is the Internet) premier of “There Is No Exit Here,” a 62-minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris about, well, Xetas. I mean, man -- between Xetas, SuperThief, the Cherubs reunion that is like nine times better than it has any right...

Posted: 3 days ago

Huzzah, we say! Here is the exclusive (until someone lifts the link it because this is the Internet) premier of “There Is No Exit Here,” a 62-minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris about, well, Xetas. I mean, man -- between Xetas, SuperThief, the Cherubs reunion that is like nine times better than it has any right...
Michael Corcoran takes Texas music ‘All Over the Map’
 It started with wanting to correct the record. In 2005, the University of Texas Press published “All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music” by journalist Michael Corcoran as part of its Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture. And it’s not bad; it’s essentially a collection of newspaper...

Posted: 3 days ago

It started with wanting to correct the record. In 2005, the University of Texas Press published “All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music” by journalist Michael Corcoran as part of its Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture. And it’s not bad; it’s essentially a collection of newspaper...
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky: Five movies featuring a good, solid eclipse
 Since Man started looking up at the sky many thousands of years ago, eclipses have freaked us out.  For a very long time, people gazed at the sun and moon lining up in the middle of the day and said, “Aw HELL NO. That CANNOT be a good sign.” We are smarter now (more or less) but eclipses still hold a level of fascination...

Posted: 4 days ago

Since Man started looking up at the sky many thousands of years ago, eclipses have freaked us out.  For a very long time, people gazed at the sun and moon lining up in the middle of the day and said, “Aw HELL NO. That CANNOT be a good sign.” We are smarter now (more or less) but eclipses still hold a level of fascination...
Summer isn’t over yet — you can still see these films in theaters
 Summer movies come at you fast — sometimes it seems like flicks, even good ones, are in theaters one week and gone the next. Here are six good ones that are still around. “Wonder Woman.” Currently sitting on a stunning world-wide gross of $786 million (divided almost precisely in half between foreign and domestic, an unusual...

Posted: 19 days ago

Summer movies come at you fast — sometimes it seems like flicks, even good ones, are in theaters one week and gone the next. Here are six good ones that are still around. “Wonder Woman.” Currently sitting on a stunning world-wide gross of $786 million (divided almost precisely in half between foreign and domestic, an unusual...
Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey roles
 What with “The Dark Tower” opening this weekend and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look at eleven McConaperfomances and putting them into a definitive (yes, definitive) McConaranking. It is entirely possible your...

Posted: 19 days ago

What with “The Dark Tower” opening this weekend and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look at eleven McConaperfomances and putting them into a definitive (yes, definitive) McConaranking. It is entirely possible your...
Six good summer movies still in theaters (no, really)
 Summer movies come at you fast — sometimes it seems like flicks, even good ones, are in theaters one week and gone the next. Here are six good ones that are still around.   “Wonder Woman.” Currently sitting on a stunning world-wide gross of $786 million (divided almost precisely in half between foreign and domestic...

Posted: 19 days ago

Summer movies come at you fast — sometimes it seems like flicks, even good ones, are in theaters one week and gone the next. Here are six good ones that are still around.   “Wonder Woman.” Currently sitting on a stunning world-wide gross of $786 million (divided almost precisely in half between foreign and domestic...
Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey performances, ranked
 What with “The Dark Tower” opening and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look back at some McConaperfomances and putting them into a McConaranking. Here we go. I am sure your favorite isn’t on here, especially...

Posted: 20 days ago

What with “The Dark Tower” opening and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look back at some McConaperfomances and putting them into a McConaranking. Here we go. I am sure your favorite isn’t on here, especially...