Movies

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2009

Kristian Lin
Part of the fun of this job is scoping out new talent, so here’s my favorite films of 2009 directed by first-time feature filmmakers. I decided not to include documentaries in this list. Oh, and No. 6 on the list is out on DV...


Bruce Wood Film in Fest

Anthony Mariani
Longtime readers probably remember Weekly dance critic Leonard Eureka’s raves about Bruce Wood Dance Company, a Fort Worth-based Modern troupe founded in 1995 by the titular choreographer, who studied under Balanchine at New ...



The Best Movies Directed by Women of 2009

Kristian Lin
The New York Times recently found that only about 10 percent of the films they reviewed in 2009 were directed by women. Of course, women make up much more than 10 percent of the world’s population. The lack of female movie di...


The Best Sports Films of 2009

Kristian Lin
I was trying to figure out whether I had enough material to do this list, and then Bill Simmons beat me to the punch. He even had his best sports movies in more or less the same order as I had. I guess I should file that under ...



The Best Horror Films of 2009

Kristian Lin
Why horror? I just happened to notice a bunch of interesting films in the genre this year. (That will be a theme in my upcoming future posts as well: stuff I happened to notice.) Personally, I found Observe and Report scarier t...


The Best Documentary Films of 2009

Kristian Lin
We’re coming to the end of the year in movies, and I’m going to be posting lots of these Top 10 lists to the blog in the days ahead, in addition to my usual Top 10 movies of the year list. I’ll start you off with the best...



The Best Movies of 1999 (and other years)

Kristian Lin
With the end of the decade fast approaching, movie critics are putting out lists of the best movies of the last 10 years. I’m not doing that, though. I think it’s silly enough to compare the movies I saw last week with the ...


R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

Kristian Lin
I got knocked back by the news that Brittany Murphy has died at the age of 32, apparently of natural causes. She had a run in the early part of this decade landing lead roles in Hollywood movies. In retrospect, that was a mista...



Goldthwait Strikes Gold

Jimmy Fowler
Fans of twisted comedies in general – and 1980s’ standup turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait in particular – shouldn’t miss ”World’s Greatest Dad,” released on DVD last week. Since the movie stars longtime Gold...


FW Indie Comedy Needs Extras

Jimmy Fowler
Hold It Now Films and director Patrick Johnson are shooting an indie feature around Fort Worth called “The High Schooler’s Guide to College Parties.” As the title suggests, it’s a comedy – the story concerns a high sc...