City Paper is not for tourists
Former Texas Governor Ann Richards was the ultimate populist—a brassy, no-nonsense Democrat who emerged onto the national stage in the late 1980s proclaiming that George H. W. Bush was “born with a silver foot in his mouth.” This pronouncement, made at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, figures prominently in Ann Richards’ Texas, an unfailingly glowing hagiography of the late governor. Richards rose from the wild and woolly Austin subculture and took on the good ol’ boys to become one of Texas’ most important pols, known for her straight-talking attitude, bouffant hairdo, and masterful comic timing. Yet this singular voice in American politics isn’t adequately captured in Keith Patterson and Jack Lofton’s film. The directors seem to come from the Wikipedia school of filmmaking, compiling a featherweight assessment that is light on context and personal details but rife with non-discerning inclusions, leaving one to assume they confused research with Googling. Ann Richards deserves better than an association with Oliver Stone’s dreadful W.