Movies

“A Dirty Shame” Redux

Jimmy Fowler
The Sundance Channel has screened John Waters’ underappreciated 2004 comedy “A Dirty Shame” several times over the past month. (Another showing is scheduled January 31). Unfortunately, they have so far played the “neute...


Is the Right Wing Right About ‘Avatar’?

Kristian Lin
The latest dispatch from the culture wars is the right wing’s attack column forming against Avatar. The Weekly Standard‘s John Podhoretz and John Nolte call the movie anti-American. Town Hall’s Jonah Goldberg tell...



The Talented Miss Highsmith

Jimmy Fowler
Joan Schenkar’s “The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highmith,” reviewed on this week’s ”Books” page, could’ve been a slog at 686 pages. But Schenkar does a marvelous job of ac...


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 ...