Movies

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...



Whole Lotta Bunny

Jimmy Fowler
Good luck snagging a ticket for the upcoming final weekend of Theatre Arlington’s revival of Mary Chase’s sweet n’ strange 1944 comedy ”Harvey”. It’s a solid, well-timed production that features B.J. Cleveland as El...


More Inglourious Thoughts

Kristian Lin
I had a lot of leftover thoughts about Inglourious Basterds that I didn’t have the space to share in my review, so I thought I’d air them here. As you can imagine, some movie critics more serious-minded than myself have tak...



A Lonely Holdout in District 9

Kristian Lin
One of my fellow film critics has caused a bit of a dust-up: Writing in the New York Press, Armond White trashed District 9 in his review, in stark opposition to the majority of film critics. (Including me.) The bad review caus...


Mini Femme est Grande Brat

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s ”Night and Day” piece by Kristian Lin gives historical background to The Modern’s two-weekend ”Catch the Wave” festival of French New Wave classics. Many famous titles are here – “Breathless,” “T...