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The Modern and The ‘Phibs Present “This House”

Americans like to harumph that they’re sick of the dysfunction in the U.S. Congress –– too many special interests, career ambitions, dubious backroom deals, and above all, too many elected officials who disdain consensus ...

A 19th-century artist's rendering of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry starring in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

DFW Film Company Does Shakespearean Musical

Kristian Lin
Interrupting my Cliburn coverage to bring you this local film story: North Texas film production company TradRad Pictures just announced that they’re starting work on a musical film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado A...

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Drive-In Culture Returns to North Texas

This Friday night (May 10) is the official opening of the Coyote Drive-In just south of Lagrave Field near downtown Fort Worth. This revival of a staple of North Texas pop culture from the ‘50s through the ‘70s couldn’t b...

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Blogging “Django Unchained” (The End Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I mentioned this before, but I’ll repeat my SPOILER ALERT: All plot developments are given away in this post. • In a drawing room at Candyland, a harpist (Ashley Toman) is playing a solo harp...

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R.I.P., Deanna Durbin

Kristian Lin
I’m interrupting my series of Django Unchained posts to bring you this piece of movie news: The passing of Deanna Durbin at the age of 91 was announced by her son through a newsletter for his mother’s fans. If you&#...


Blogging “Django Unchained” (Heading to Candyland)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I’m thoroughly confused about the spelling of the name of Calvin’s estate. The DVD chapter heading has it “Candieland,” but the English-language subtitles render it as “Candyland.” Meanwhile, my...

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Blogging “Django Unchained” (The Greenville Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 • Over a shot of our two heroes on a plain backdropped by a snowy mountain, these words scroll up the screen: “And after a very cold and very profitable winter, Django and Dr. Schultz came down from the mounta...


Blogging “Django Unchained” (The Tennessee Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 is here. • In some sheltered rocky campsite on the road to Tennessee, Dr. Schultz is taking his clothes down from a laundry line and putting them back on, while Django eats by a campfire. The doctor asks Django what he...

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Blogging “Django Unchained” (The Texas Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Welcome to my insanely detailed series of posts about Django Unchained, containing all my thoughts and insights on Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film. Some of you may remember me doing something similar for Black Swan...

A raven is enlisted as a suicide bomber in "Four Lions."

“Four Lions” and the Boston Marathon Attack

Kristian Lin
In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon yesterday, officials at the London Marathon (which is the next major event on the world marathon calendar) have stated that they will run the race as planned, and that ...