Archive for August, 2014
Chesser (rear) and Bentley couldn’t save the big elm tree, which is now a pile of sawdust. Jeff Prince

Nightmare on Elm’s Street

The city’s “oops” won’t bring back this beautiful giant.
JEFF PRINCE
Nobody knows how old the American elm at the corner of Murphy Street and Cleckler Avenue was, but it was mammoth and regal. The tree provided a blanket of shade for the small frame house underneath it. Neighbors had enjoyed the...


Fabrice Luchini critiques Emmanuelle Seigner and Ernst Umhauer’s kiss in In the House.

Ozon Layers

The French comic thriller In the House will leave your head spinning.
KRISTIAN LIN
For the last 15 years, François Ozon has been one of the world’s most fascinating filmmakers. On one hand, he makes airy, farcical, Almodóvar-on-a-sugar-high period fantasias like Potiche, Angel, and 8 Women. On the other, ...



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No Hangover Cure

The final chapter has few hangovers and fewer laughs.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you ever woken up with a hangover so monumental you swore never to drink again? I’m talking 80-proof sweats, a skull full of jackhammers, projectile vomiting, vertigo, and a long list of people you need to apologize to. ...


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Dog Days

Activists say too many animals get sick and die at Fort Worth’s shelter. The city says it’s doing the best it can.
By Peter Gorman | Photos by Lee Chastain
Fort Worth’s Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Control shelter is a drab white cinder-block building in an industrial part of southeast Fort Worth. You wouldn’t guess it by the scant traffic in the area, but over the course of a...



The steaks are cut on-site — and then cooked to order, like this bone-in rib-eye. Lee Chastain

Chop House Delights

Despite its kitschiness, this steakhouse is decidedly au courant.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Chef Kenny Mills made himself at home in Arlington with Chop House Burgers, which started as a hole-in-the-wall near University of Texas at Arlington only a couple of years ago. Now Chop House has taken over half of the strip m...


Casa goes plaid thru Sun.

Harmonious Casa

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It’s hard to believe that Forever Plaid, the beloved musical revue that celebrates clean-cut 1950s guy groups and their pristine four-part harmonies, turns 23 this year. Millions of “plaidsters” –– fans of the show ...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 5)

Kristian Lin
My fellow music critics reported feeling tired as early as the second day of the competition, but now it’s all we can do to avoid turning into zombies. We’re gonna need Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg and h...


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Fort Worth-centric Art Exhibit Opens In Dallas

Jeff Prince
An interesting art exhibit soaked in Fort Worth history opened today … in Dallas. The Dallas Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, wouldn’t ...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember the men and women who died defending our nation. I also pause to reflect that cultural discussion of any kind is impossible without peace and stability, and insofar as our nation’s mi...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
This whole competition has lately reminded me of an exchange from Zero Dark Thirty, when the head of the CIA (James Gandolfini) talks to his aide (John Barrowman) after their initial meeting with Jessica Chastain’s heroin...