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.

Latest from Joe Gross

A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween
 From the 1950s to the 1970s, the British film studio Hammer Films made some of the best horror pictures in the Western world. With over the top scripts, lush gothic colors and beautiful women, Hammer horror influenced everygenre from sci-fi (George Lucas would not have cast Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin without the latter’s...

Posted: 2 days ago

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the British film studio Hammer Films made some of the best horror pictures in the Western world. With over the top scripts, lush gothic colors and beautiful women, Hammer horror influenced everygenre from sci-fi (George Lucas would not have cast Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin without the latter’s...
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more big names in comedy coming to Austin for Moontower 2018
     Song parody ninja “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Birbiglia and Tiffany Haddish are all scheduled to perform in Austin at the seventh annual Moontower Comedy Festival on April 18-21, 2018. Festival badges are now on sale.  As in previous years, Moontower 2018 will hold headliner shows at the Paramount & Stateside...

Posted: 5 days ago

    Song parody ninja “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Birbiglia and Tiffany Haddish are all scheduled to perform in Austin at the seventh annual Moontower Comedy Festival on April 18-21, 2018. Festival badges are now on sale.  As in previous years, Moontower 2018 will hold headliner shows at the Paramount & Stateside...
George Strait sends video of encouragement to terminally ill Midland girl
 George Strait, who might very well be the living embodiment of what people think of when they think of “Texas country,” recently sent a video message to a terminally ill  Midland 10-year old named Bella. Bella has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus with two shunts, brain malformation, osteoporosis and chronic intestinal...

Posted: 5 days ago

George Strait, who might very well be the living embodiment of what people think of when they think of “Texas country,” recently sent a video message to a terminally ill  Midland 10-year old named Bella. Bella has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus with two shunts, brain malformation, osteoporosis and chronic intestinal...
Is ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ the year’s sexiest film?
 It is entirely possible that the season’s sexiest, yet not salacious, flick is about a World War II-era academic and his wife. And their mistress. And ropes. What with DC/Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” a runaway smash hit ($412 million domestic and counting), folks with more than a passing interest in the character&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

It is entirely possible that the season’s sexiest, yet not salacious, flick is about a World War II-era academic and his wife. And their mistress. And ropes. What with DC/Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” a runaway smash hit ($412 million domestic and counting), folks with more than a passing interest in the character&rsquo...
Texans try Chipotle queso. The verdict? A big ol’ ‘Yeah, no.’
 Texans take a couple of things very seriously. Barbecue, being Texan in general, certain amendments. One thing they take EXTREMELY seriously? Queso. Texans do not mess around. There is a right way and a wrong way to make the stuff and while your way may be different than mine, there is a bare minimum of queso-ness that must exist. Does Chipoltle&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texans take a couple of things very seriously. Barbecue, being Texan in general, certain amendments. One thing they take EXTREMELY seriously? Queso. Texans do not mess around. There is a right way and a wrong way to make the stuff and while your way may be different than mine, there is a bare minimum of queso-ness that must exist. Does Chipoltle&rsquo...
The secret origin of ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’
 A secret origin: Eight years or so ago, a film and television writer/director and comics fan named Angela Robinson received as a gift writer Les Daniels’ book “Wonder Woman: The Complete History.” She started reading about an academic, inventor, advice columnist and comic book writer named William Moulton Marston, the gentleman...

Posted: 7 days ago

A secret origin: Eight years or so ago, a film and television writer/director and comics fan named Angela Robinson received as a gift writer Les Daniels’ book “Wonder Woman: The Complete History.” She started reading about an academic, inventor, advice columnist and comic book writer named William Moulton Marston, the gentleman...
‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote
 “Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018. "A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film...

Posted: 8 days ago

“Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018. "A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film...
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ tickets go on sale today
 Disney announced Sunday that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tickets would go on sale sometime Monday after the new trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel screens during halftime of the“Monday Night Football” game between the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) and Chicago Bears (1-3) in Chicago. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. CDT...

Posted: 9 days ago

Disney announced Sunday that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tickets would go on sale sometime Monday after the new trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel screens during halftime of the“Monday Night Football” game between the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) and Chicago Bears (1-3) in Chicago. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. CDT...