Movies

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...


Must-TiVo TCM

Jimmy Fowler
Don’t miss tonight’s 8:30pm screening of Joseph Losey’s 1964 ”The Servant” on Turner Classic Movies. I’ve loved this Harold Pinter-scripted creepfest for years now, but it’s officially unavailable on DVD except fo...



R.I.P., John Hughes

Kristian Lin
If you came of age in the 1980s, chances are you’ll be flooded with sadness at the sudden death of John Hughes. The director/screenwriter was 59 years old, and though he kept working up until the end (receiving credit und...


No Homo, Watson

Kristian Lin
As an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes stories in my youth, I’m looking forward to this Christmas’ release of the new movie Sherlock Holmes. The star of that film kicked up a bit of controversy recently, when Robert D...



“I Can’t Believe My Grandmother Felt Me Up”

Jimmy Fowler
As a teenager, I was along for the John Hughes ride. His slang-filled, self-consciously hip adolescent movies coincided in near perfect chronology with my high school years (’83-’87). Like most people, I think “Sixteen Ca...


Fort Worth Film Heads to Venice

Anthony Mariani
A film short commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum has been chosen to screen at the 66th annual Venice International Film Festival. Philip Haas’ “The Death of Pentheus” is part of Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons,...



New(-ish) DVDs

Anthony Mariani
The Day the Earth Stood Still In this remake of the 1951 B-classic of the same name, Keanu Reeves stars as himself, a robotic alien who loathes humankind. He comes to earth off his high interplanetary horse to warn us that if w...


The Gay Terminator

Jimmy Fowler
Nothing needs to be added to Kristian Lin’s review of ”Bruno” this week, but I have a few personal notes on watching the movie. As a lifelong gay movie fan who’s frequently been less than satisfied with “gay movies,...