Movies

Ease On Down the Road

Jimmy Fowler
Few images from my childhood movie memories are freakier than the stage and TV actress Mabel King (pictured below) as Evilene in Sidney Lumet’s 1978 film version of the Broadway show The Wiz. BET will be screening that flick,...


World’s Worst Rapper Appearing In Arlington

Jeff Prince
Kim Feil of Arlington encouraged us to check out a YouTube clip under the name kimfeilgood to see a “white lady rapping an environmental plea to stop a proposed gas well next to the Cowboys Stadium.” The white lady uses pha...



Pianos on the Screen, and One in the Lobby

Kristian Lin
Spotted last weekend at Rave Motion Pictures Ridgmar 13: A classical pianist playing a baby grand piano in the lobby. The west Fort Worth theater is the only one in Tarrant County showing the Van Cliburn documentary A Surprise ...


Come Back to the Fort, Ruta Lee, Ruta Lee

Jimmy Fowler
Longtime fans of Fort Worth theater will of course recognize the name Ruta Lee. The saucy, platinum-haired grande dame has graced the Casa Manana stage off and on for five decades. She’ll be returning in October to star in th...



The Not Gay Actor (or, WTF, Ramin Setoodeh?)

Kristian Lin
Ramin Setoodeh’s recent culture piece in Newsweek last week has set off quite the conflagration in the gay blogosphere, with repercussions for those of us who care deeply about theater, movies, and TV. Let’s start from the ...


Babies, Babies, Babies

Jimmy Fowler
I’m glad Kristian Lin didn’t jump on the doting nanny bandwagon in his review of the documentary Babies. A friend invited me to see the movie this past weekend, and I declined with an apparently scandalous opinion: Babies a...



Lynn Redgrave: Class Act

Jimmy Fowler
The untimely death of Lynn Redgrave reminded me how cool she was when I got to interview her a dozen years ago. During the session, I struggled with whether I should ask her a rather personal question. Redgrave came through Nor...


“Raid” Doc Seeks Donations

Jimmy Fowler
Award-winning Dallas filmmaker Robert L. Camina, whose short films have played in festivals around the country, is currently working on his first feature-length documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge about last summer’s notor...



Fathers and Sons

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s review of La Mission complains that the movie tries to do too much. It wants to be both a love letter to the spiritually charged street culture of San Fran’s Mission District AND a family drama about a recoverin...


Sonny Disposition

Kristian Lin
We’ve extensively chronicled the exploits of Fort Worth filmmaker Andrew Disney as he’s made ripples on the festival circuit and in the online community of filmmakers. Now comes the latest piece of news about his up...