Archive for July, 2014
Nice Major: “I’m a fan of Lady Gaga, Queen, Kanye. That’s also what I want ... everybody to see.”

Major Niceness

This Fort Worth rapper is more than rap, maybe more than the Fort.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth isn’t short on rappers, that’s for sure. But most of them are gangsta. Their beats are simple and intentionally chintzy sounding, and the lyrics are copious and mostly about boasting, toasting, and the thug life....


Power: “... one thing everyone agrees on is to not let the lights go out.” Courtesy Public Citizen

Short on Electricity

Texas gets a clear warning of power problems by summer.
GAYLE REAVES
The old adage is that you should never watch laws or sausages getting made. But this spring the question may be who is watching how the future of the Texas electric grid gets decided. An organization called the North American E...



Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville handle a big-ass gun in The Last Stand.

Last Stand: Defending the Border

Ah-nuld’s return to the big screen makes him look past it.
KRISTIAN LIN
With the release of The Last Stand this week, a Korean wave finally reaches our shores. Much the way a trio of talented and mutually supportive Mexican filmmakers shook up Hollywood some 10 years ago, three South Korean directo...


The artist's "Ophelia" on display in "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters."

Gregory Crewdson: Motionless Pictures

This documentary follows a photographer and his elaborate suburban tableaux.
KRISTIAN LIN
For whatever reason, 2012 has yielded a bumper crop of documentary films about prominent artists: Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, and Gerhard Richter have all seen their work showcased on the big screen this past year. Why not? It...



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Turning Off the Spigot

Texas has changed its tune on turning kids into criminals, but Fort Worth may be lagging behind.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 1995, during his State of the State address, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush told the 74th Legislature, “We must adopt one policy for those who terrorize teachers or disrupt classrooms — zero tolerance.” He was respondi...


Sophistication and comfort combine to make Red Door Bistro a destination. Adrien P. Maroney

Swinging High

From the folks behind Piola comes the elegant Red Door Bistro.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Donna Albanese is betting that Fort Worth’s general lack of Mediterranean food and lack of family-owned eats on South Hulen Street will combine to make her new venture a success. Located in a strip mall with a parking lot sha...



George X. Rodriguez and Mary Jane Greer in The Devil’s Disciple.

High Dudgeon

BIG TICKET
As a socialist, George Bernard Shaw tended to take a dim view of Americans, but as an Irishman, he had an even dimmer view of the British. He takes plenty of potshots at both in The Devil’s Disciple, his eighth play but his f...


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The Greatest Movies of All Time*

Kristian Lin
*as decided by me and 64 other film critics Three months ago, British film blogger Iain Stott asked me and other movie critics from around the world to participate in a poll. After Sight & Sound magazine released its list o...



Could this be any more annoying?

Flying Rats Live Another Day

ANTHONY MARIANI
Dear Lord. We’ve got to see Ray Lewis do that stupid dance at least one more time. My thoughts on the head flying rat are well known: He’s a thug who obstructed the investigation of a double homicide in 2000 and yet somehow...


(flickr photo by Toni Rantanen)

Cool Photos Coming Up At The Amon Carter

Jeff Prince
A couple of contrasting photography exhibits are on the spring schedule at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Big Pictures features works that are — you guessed it — big. The idea is to see how photos printed o...