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Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon in "Jayne Mansfield's Car".

LSIFF Report (Days 1-2)

Kristian Lin
Since I’m the only film writer covering this year’s Lone Star International Film Festival for the Weekly this year, I’m posting my coverage of the festival to this site instead of to our usual LSIFF blog. Perhaps this wil...


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Catching Up With the Classics (Part 2)

Kristian Lin
Continuing the project that I started a few weeks ago, here are thoughts on more of the canonical films that eluded me until now. I’ll have to put this project on hold during the upcoming Lone Star Film Festival, but I sh...



Right-wingers think Lena Dunham is a slut for Obama.

Lena Dunham Gives Right-Wingers Female Trouble

Kristian Lin
When writing a post like this, I become very much aware that there are no women writing regularly on this blog, now that Betty Brink is indisposed. That’s really too bad; this subject cries out for a female point of view....


Don McLeroy, former chairman of the Texas Board Of Education and a guy who believes T-Rexes lived on Noah's Arc.

T-Rex Lived On Noah’s Ark: Film Recaps Texas Textbook Battle

Andrew McLemore
Okay, today we’ll start class with a pop quiz: What do hip-hop, evolution and Thomas Jefferson all have in common? Answer: They were all stricken from Texas textbooks by the group of evangelicals that sit on the Texas Sta...



The staging of Britten's "Noye's Fludde" in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."

Benjamin Britten and “Moonrise Kingdom”

Kristian Lin
Benjamin Britten’s music is one of my specialties, as it happens, and it’s front and center for one of my favorite movies of the year, Moonrise Kingdom. I didn’t have space to address the way Wes Anderson’s film uses Br...


Lithuania's men's basketball team at the 1992 Summer Olympics

Donnie Nelson Screens Basketball Documentary

Kristian Lin
Mavericks fans and devotees of recent Eastern European history will want to show up at Dallas’ Magnolia Theatre tomorrow evening. That’s when Mavs’ president Donnie Nelson will be there for a screening of The ...



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Catching Up With the Classics (Part 1)

Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago I blogged about Sight & Sound’s list of the greatest movies ever and urged you to see some of them. Well, it took some outside pressure, but I’m finally taking my own advice. As part of a poll of critics...


Bruce Willis strikes a familiar pose in "Looper."

Considering Bruce Willis

Kristian Lin
I didn’t have space to get into this in my review of Looper, but I continue to be amazed by the career of Bruce Willis. In fact, I’d say this product of Penns Grove, N.J. (though he was born in Germany) is one of the most u...



Analeigh Tipton, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Carrie MacLemore, Greta Gerwig, and Megalyn Echikunwoke are "Damsels in Distress".

DVD Review: “Damsels in Distress”

Kristian Lin
This is how big a Whit Stillman fan I am: I saw his Metropolitan as a teenager. (Weirdly enough, it was broadcast on local TV while it was running in theaters in New York.) I was so taken with the movie and its teenage heroine,...


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You’re an Imbecile, Sam Bacile

Kristian Lin
Let’s say I find myself a really long, sharp stick. Let’s say I take that stick and go poking an elephant with it repeatedly. Let’s say the elephant gets mad, goes on a rampage, and kills somebody else. Finall...