Film Reviews

Make It Rainn

Kristian Lin
Modestly watchable, The Rocker is nowhere near the level of Almost Famous or The School of Rock, this decade’s great movies about rock bands. However, it is the only rock-and-roll movie I can recall in which the drummer i...


Teen Dreams

Kristian Lin
The title of American Teen makes me suspicious. Just as it was with the excellent late-1990s TV miniseries American High, the word “American” in the title gives off the unwelcome impression that these documentaries ...



Cool Catalans

Kristian Lin
Three years ago Woody Allen left New York for London and made his first good movie in a decade, Match Point.


Movie Shoot

Kristian Lin
Here’s a fantastic movie idea: Tropic Thunder takes place on the set of a big-budget Hollywood Vietnam War film also entitled Tropic Thunder.



Over a Barrel

Kristian Lin
A film with an interesting subject rather than an interesting film, Bottle Shock dramatizes the event known in wine circles as the Judgment of Paris.


Supergrass

Kristian Lin
Marijuana makes you mellow, so movies about people who smoke lots of marijuana usually try to be mellow.



Failed States

Kristian Lin
Our country’s chaotic political climate has given birth to all sorts of monsters at the movie theater – look no further than the Joker’s grotesque visage for proof.


High 90s

Kristian Lin
“Do you ever feel like a fuck-up?” So inquires recent high-school grad Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) of his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley).



Move On

Kristian Lin
I always found ABBA’s melancholy ballads more interesting than their better-known disco-influenced hits, but I find those latter songs pleasant enough in small doses.


Out of the House

Kristian Lin
Is it true? Did Talladega Nights really come out only two summers ago? It seems like ages, mainly because Will Ferrell has starred in so many other movies since then.