Movies

Ewoks on the Wild Side

Jimmy Fowler
The ewoks from 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” were largely responsible for cooling my passion for the original “Star Wars” franchise. Cute and mischevious to a teeth-grinding extreme, they appeared to have been created b...


Coen Brothers Hold True Grit Auditions at Billy Bob’s

Anthony Mariani
Paramount Pictures and the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers (No Country for Old Men; Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Big Lebowski) are remaking the John Wayne classic True Grit and will be holding auditions for the le...



Drive-Ins of the Dead

Jimmy Fowler
Every Halloween season, this boy’s fancy turns to… the memory of drive-in movie theaters around North Texas. I spent quite a few 1970s childhood hours with my family there. Most of those lost hours were dedicated to wat...


Spike Lee and “Good Hair”

Kristian Lin
When I was watching Good Hair, I was disappointed that the filmmakers didn’t use this clip from Spike Lee’s 1990 collegiate musical School Daze, with the straight-haired girls facing off against the nappy-haired one...



Movie Piracy Blues

Jimmy Fowler
More than a dozen years ago, I was one of two official film critics for another publication. What innocent days those were. They were largely devoid of cell phone cameras, internet digital streaming, black market websites, larg...


Picks of the Fall Film Litter

Jimmy Fowler
Fort Worth filmgoers will get a chance to sneak-preview some of this fall’s Prestige Pics thanks to “Star-T” movie scribe Christopher Kelly and The Modern’s Oct 1-4 showcase “Modern Cinema 2009: Great Movies You Haven...



Baby Monster

Jimmy Fowler
It’s that season again – the time when fans of horror, suspense and speculative cinema are scrambling to find something fresh to watch. Let me recommend a low-budget satiric shocker that generated quite a buzz at this year...


Netflix’s Ten Percent Solution

Kristian Lin
Earlier this week Netflix awarded $1 million to a team of researchers calling themselves BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos. At issue is Cinematch, the part of the website that comes up with a set of recommended movie rentals pers...



Another Rainy Weekend

Jimmy Fowler
There are only three more performances in Amphibian Productions’ run of Richard Greenberg’s quietly affecting ”Three Days Of Rain.” Catch it if you can. The play features at least three characters with a grating tendenc...


Post-Labor Day Movie Thoughts

Kristian Lin
How was your Labor Day weekend? Judging by the box-office returns, you probably didn’t spend it at the movies, but that’s OK. I still have a bunch of movie-related thoughts and links for you as the fall gets underway. All A...