Movies
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, Local Movie Mogul

Kristian Lin
North Texas’ filmmaking scene got an unlikely addition yesterday, as former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and unsuccessful presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced he had been named CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dall...


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R.I.P., James Gandolfini

Kristian Lin
When I heard that James Gandolfini passed away yesterday, I didn’t think about his performance as Tony Soprano. I thought about a much earlier one in True Romance, a 1993 thriller directed by the late Tony Scott and writt...



THIS HOUSE by Graham,

The Modern and The ‘Phibs Present “This House”

JIMMY FOWLER
Americans like to harumph that they’re sick of the dysfunction in the U.S. Congress –– too many special interests, career ambitions, dubious backroom deals, and above all, too many elected officials who disdain consensus ...


A 19th-century artist's rendering of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry starring in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

DFW Film Company Does Shakespearean Musical

Kristian Lin
Interrupting my Cliburn coverage to bring you this local film story: North Texas film production company TradRad Pictures just announced that they’re starting work on a musical film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado A...



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Drive-In Culture Returns to North Texas

JIMMY FOWLER
This Friday night (May 10) is the official opening of the Coyote Drive-In just south of Lagrave Field near downtown Fort Worth. This revival of a staple of North Texas pop culture from the ‘50s through the ‘70s couldn’t b...


Django 5

Blogging “Django Unchained” (The End Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I mentioned this before, but I’ll repeat my SPOILER ALERT: All plot developments are given away in this post. • In a drawing room at Candyland, a harpist (Ashley Toman) is playing a solo harp...



Deanna Durbin

R.I.P., Deanna Durbin

Kristian Lin
I’m interrupting my series of Django Unchained posts to bring you this piece of movie news: The passing of Deanna Durbin at the age of 91 was announced by her son through a newsletter for his mother’s fans. If you&#...


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Blogging “Django Unchained” (Heading to Candyland)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I’m thoroughly confused about the spelling of the name of Calvin’s estate. The DVD chapter heading has it “Candieland,” but the English-language subtitles render it as “Candyland.” Meanwhile, my...



Django Unchained

Blogging “Django Unchained” (The Greenville Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 Part 2 • Over a shot of our two heroes on a plain backdropped by a snowy mountain, these words scroll up the screen: “And after a very cold and very profitable winter, Django and Dr. Schultz came down from the mounta...


Django-Unchained

Blogging “Django Unchained” (The Tennessee Chapters)

Kristian Lin
Part 1 is here. • In some sheltered rocky campsite on the road to Tennessee, Dr. Schultz is taking his clothes down from a laundry line and putting them back on, while Django eats by a campfire. The doctor asks Django what he...