Archive for July, 2014

My Name Is… Martha Marcy May Marlene.

The new talent shines in this low-budget thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of the big stories at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival was Martha Marcy May Marlene. This low-budget psychological thriller turned heads even before the news surfaced that its hitherto unknown lead actress, Elizabeth ...


J. Edgar: Hoover Ville

An FBI director’s fascinating life turns into this dull biopic.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mark Harris recently wrote that while film critics often slam a movie whose directors and/or actors are better than its weak script, those same critics hardly ever claim the reverse, that a movie’s great script is butchered b...



A Pretty Penny

Consultant’s contract raises questions at Tarrant County College.
BETTY BRINK
On Aug. 29, Tarrant County College’s $192 million Center for Health Care Professions opened its doors to 700 students in downtown Fort Worth. Officially known as the Trinity River East Campus, it cost taxpayers a staggering $...


Pansayena Treats

This unassuming strip-mall eatery does simple Mexican delightfully.
JIMMY FOWLER
The atmosphere inside the little strip-mall Mexican eatery Pansayena is modest, to say the least. There are the typical framed Mexican travel posters on the walls above arrangements of plastic flowers. A handwritten sign on the...



Arrivederci, Sardines

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby had to see it to believe it. Walking into the building that had housed Sardines Ristorante Italiano (509 University Dr., FW), its heart sank. The walls, once cluttered with dusty bric-a-brac representing decades of m...


Allure and Utility

Fort Worth digital painter Sarah Green delivers her sharpest, most humorous show yet.
ANTHONY MARIANI
For years now, Fort Worth painter Sarah Green has been delighting viewers with her whimsical, colorful digital paintings –– she uses a pressure-sensitive pen on an electronic tablet. Most of her paintings have been portrait...



Nancy Palmeri’s “Bird Song”

Gallery
Twenty-seven professors, lecturers, and instructors have contributed to the 13th Faculty Biennial at UTA, which includes Sedrick Huckaby’s heavily impastoed paintings, Pauline Hudel Smith’s digital prints, and Darryl Lauste...


Lone Star Power

Big Ticket
We wondered how Lone Star International Film Festival would fare now that it’s no longer the new kid on the block. Well, this year LSIFF has rounded up its most prestigious lineup yet, giving us a chance to see some entries t...



Military Tactics Suggested at Gas Confab

Peter Gorman
When Sharon Wilson, director of the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project for Earthworks!, and the activist blogger on texassharon.com signed up to attend a much ballyhooed gas industry confab in Houston last week, she wasn&...


Of Class, Crass, And Suffering Succotash

Jeff Prince
Joe Paterno erred by not being more proactive and chopping heads after hearing about alleged sexual abuse going on under his nose at Penn State. Now that the story has broken, at least he’s owned up to his shortcomings, e...