Photo courtesy of IFC Films

There are plenty of movies whose meaning can be enigmatic. Sometimes the filmmaker sets out to make an “art film,” where the imagery is often more important than the story. Other times, they tell a story that’s so complex, it’s almost impossible to decipher what the overall message may be.

And then there are films like Paint, which seem straightforward on the surface, but become more puzzling as they go along. As the film begins, Carl Nargle (Owen Wilson) is a beloved painter/TV host at a PBS station in Burlington, Vermont. The crew – comprised mostly of women – at the station fawns over him, and viewers are shown to be enthralled by his supposed brilliance.

His life starts to get shaken up when station manager Tony (Stephen Root) and aspirational producer Katherine (Michaela Watkins) bring in Ambrosia (Ciara Renée) for what is initially a complementary painting show. Slowly but surely, though, the crew and viewers start to transfer their affection to Ambrosia, leaving the long-tenured Carl in a crisis of confidence.

Written and directed by Brit McAdams, the film never makes clear what it’s trying to be. Since it stars Wilson, Root, Watkins, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, comedy seems to be the priority. While there are some funny moments in the film, it is definitely not a laugh riot. Most of the humor is deadpan, with everyone acting in a similar manner to the classic SNL sketch “Schweddy Balls,” but the result is stale and boring.

Nargle is clearly supposed to be based on Bob Ross, but to what end? The blown-out perm on Wilson’s head is a great visual gag, but other than the initial chuckle of recognition, along with emulating Ross’ style of painting “happy little trees,” the purpose is unclear. Nargle is a narcissist who has let his popularity go to his head, an idea that’s antithetical to that of the easy-going Ross, but that’s a thin premise on which to put the entire plot of a movie.

McAdams also tries to make a lot of a rotating series of relationships in the film. Nargle is said to have been with most of the women at the station, but the storytelling around those flings doesn’t always jibe with how they currently act toward him. Ambrosia takes a shine to Katherine, but the approach to them being together is so haphazard that it never lands.

Each of the actors is fine in his or her own way, but none of the characters are so compelling that they elevate the film. Wilson is a skilled comic actor and makes some moments funnier than they would have been otherwise, but he’s not asked to stretch that much. Renée, best known for playing Hawkgirl in various DC Comics TV shows, has a unique energy in the film, but it’s mostly wasted in an odd storyline.

McAdams can never make a compelling argument for the story he’s trying to tell in Paint, and the film suffers because of it. Groupies of Bob Ross and/or PBS programs in general might find a particular pleasure watching it, with everyone else left to wonder why it was made in the first place.


Paint will screen six times through Sunday, April 9 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Owen Wilson in Paint
Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Owen Wilson in Paint.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Fat tacos, crispy pepperoni pizza, and more Fort Worth restaurant news

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We have lots of tasty restaurant dish in Fort Worth right now, including a new pizzeria, a new AYCE pizza buffet, and new limited-edition tacos. There's more than one fried chicken offering, and at least two pumpkin specials including pumpkin frozen yogurt and pumpkin cookies for dessert.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

Shinjuku Station, a Near Southside sushi bar and pub, closed after 13 years. In a note posted on Facebook, owners Casey, Jarry, and Mary said they were closing "with great sadness" and their final night was September 2. "Over the past three and a half. years, our little izakaya has weathered the most turlent economic times, heavy building construction, and a global pandemic," their note said. "We're proud of the way we've been able to survive, finally and in spite of our best efforts, we say Goodbye. While the Near Southside development grows and new businesses move in we hope you'll join us in supporting small and local. In the meantime our sister restaurant Tokyo Cafe at 5121 Pershing Ave. is there to fulfill your Japanese and sushi cravings."

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a California-based chain known for its crispy, curly pepperonis and mountain-sized pizzas, has opened its first location in Fort Worth, at 3488 TX-144, across the street from the Texas Motor Speedway and around the corner from the Tanger Outlets. Fort Worth marks their second location in Texas, with possibly a dozen more planned for Dallas-Fort Worth. The restaurant is owned and operated by local resident Varinder Basati, whose brother Robby Basati is Mountain Mike’s largest franchisee in California. In addition to their signature pizza, there are big-screen TVs and a 500-square-foot patio, arcade games, an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad lunch buffet, and a full craft beer and wine list.

Dog Haus has three new Hawaiian-themed menu items, $1 of which will be donated to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund: Ohana Chicken Sando ­with a fried chicken tender and slaw on a King’s Hawaiian bun; Mighty Moa bone-in wings tossed in teriyaki aioli and topped with spicy mayo; and an island-inspired cocktail with rum, Aperol, orange curaçao, and pineapple.

Salata has brought back the Pumpkin Puff Cookie, a pumpkin-flavored cookie with a light fluffy texture, macadamia nut, white chocolate chunks, and cinnamon. Launching Tuesday, September 19, the cookie returns for the second year to Salata and will remain in restaurants through the end of the year.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery launches its new fall menu on September 21 with the following dishes: Pumpkin Pecan Pie Pancakes: with vanilla cream cheese filling, caramel sauce, and candied pecans; Monte Cristo Brioche Toast; Carbonara Breakfast Pasta featuring spaghettini tossed with Parmesan scrambled eggs, habanero pork belly, red onions, garlic and diced tomatoes; Blood Orange Punch; Pumpkin Latte, and Pumpkin Martini with oat milk.

Fish City Grill and Half Shells have two chalkboard specials through September: Chimichurri Shrimp Tacos, featuring avocado crema, pico de gallo, Cheddar jack cheese, cilantro, Cuban black beans & rice for $16; and Herb-Crusted Texas Redfish with roasted Brussels, red bell pepper, lemon basil rice, for $26.

Bonefish Grill has a new three-course dinner for two for $46, featuring two salads, two entrées, and a shareable dessert, from choice of Caesar, Atlantic salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Sirloin, Chicken, Rainbow Trout, Mahi Mahi, Linguine & Clams, and Key lime cake.available for a limited time starting September 12 through October 29.

City Works Eatery & Pour House in Fort Worth is celebrating Oktoberfest from September 16-October 3 with German-inspired beers and bites includeing Smokehouse Currywurst (Spicy hot link, currywurst sauce, bacon-braised sauerkraut, caramelized onions, steak roll), Pork Schnitzel (pork chop, brown butter spaetzle, braised red cabbage, dijon-herb cream sauce), German Flatbread (Smoked hot link, bacon-braised sauerkraut, spicy mustard bechamel, swiss cheese, scallions). Oktoberfest specialty beers include Rahr & Sons Barrel Fest in Fort Worth.

Chicken Salad Chick location has a new Chick Melt featuring choice of chicken salad flavor or pimento cheese, paired with provolone cheese, atop croissant. The Chick Melt’s golden-brown, crispy exterior harmonizes with its melted, cheesy interior. It's a permanent menu addition that debuted September 12.

Cicis Pizza is bringing back its all-you-can-eat Adult Buffet deal for $5 every Monday and Tuesday from September 18 to October 24.

Yogurtland has brought back Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Swirl frozen yogurt, made by swirling Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake flavors together using the middle handle.

Howdy Homemade, the ice cream brand providing employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), is now sold by the pint at H-E-B, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Safeway, and Randalls stores.

The ADD SOY Act (H.R. 1619) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Troy Carter (D-LA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC). The ADD SOY Act (Addressing Digestive Distress in Stomachs of Our Youth) would provide soy milk as an option for kids and reimburse the schools for providing soy milk. In 2020, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for America recognized fortified soy milk as a nutritional equivalent to dairy cow milk. However, schools are not presently being reimbursed if they provide soy milk as an option, yet the USDA is reimbursing public schools for cow’s milk to the tune of $1 billion annually – despite the fact that studies show that nearly one third of it is being thrown away by the students.

Dozens of Texas Hill Country vineyards open doors for special wine crawl


For Texans dreaming of snuggling up with a glass of Cabernet, nonprofit trade association Texas Hill Country Wineries is bringing back its Texas Wine Month passport.

The digital ticket, redeemable throughout October, allows guests to stop by more than 45 wineries for self-guided experiences. Oenophiles will receive special discounts on bottles and are allowed to visit up to four wineries daily. With participating estates scattered throughout popular weekend destinations like Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and New Braunfels, it’s a chance to explore the Hill Country and soak in those autumn vibes.

Industry leaders like Becker Vineyards, Messina Hof, and Pedernales Cellars are part of the informal crawl, as are many lesser-known discoveries. Passholders can jaunt to Boerne to sip a low-intervention Petite Syrah at Boerne’s Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards or walk amongst the vines at Spicewood’s Stone House.

It’s all broken up by territory, with an accompanying downloadable map to make plotting a trip easier. Make sure it's saved before hitting the twisty roads — cell service may not be reliable out there.

Passes are $85 for individuals and $120 per couple, so consider an accelerated cuffing season. Proceeds benefit the Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $55,500 to 47 Texas students pursuing viticulture, enology, or hospitality degrees.