Film Reviews

Same Old Steps

Kristian Lin
It’s August, which means that Hollywood has finished putting out its big summer blockbusters and is giving us toaster leavings such as Step Up to kill time before the Oscar contenders come prancing out in the fall. Now would ...


NASCAR Gags

Kristian Lin
We’ve seen great movies about baseball, football, basketball, even soccer and golf. But we’ve never seen one about auto racing (Days of Thunder doesn’t count as great), which is strange, given that the sport has been arou...



Velveteen Rabbit

Kristian Lin
The Night Listener has a great story, so great that it indirectly causes the movie’s downfall. It’s based on an Armistead Maupin novel, which in turn was based on an incident that actually happened to the author. Watching t...


Bringing Heat

Kristian Lin
Few tv shows are cool. Even fewer manage to define cool. But Miami Vice did when it debuted back in 1984. The show didn’t just succeed in convincing large numbers of men that they’d look better with three days’ worth of r...



Gassed to Death

KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Paine’s documentary asks Who Killed the Electric Car? I thought we knew. It was that secret society that Homer Simpson was trying to join. They even sang about it in a musical number. The movie gives you the real story,...


Trippy Dick

Brian Abrams
Back in his heyday some 30 years ago, pulp author Philip K. Dick was the literary equivalent of a paranoid nut-job. Some of his more popular edgy, Orwellian dramas have already been given the Hollywood treatment (Total Recall, ...



Dining In

KRISTIAN LIN
Why do animators on films like Monster House and The Polar Express spend so much energy trying to realistically render people? The wave of the future is clearly the rotoscoping technique developed by Bob Sabiston, which can be ...


Night Swims

KRISTIAN LIN
Lately, the “M” in M. Night Shyamalan has started to stand for “maddening.” Like his underappreciated previous film The Village, his current movie Lady in the Water has its share of bad moments but isn’t a bad movie s...



The Patients of JOB

Brian Abrams
John Gray is one sick puppy, and he’s made quite a good living from his state of wry derangement.


Murder in Suburbia

Kristian Lin
To begin with, Tommy Stovall is not related to Dave Stovall, the Fort Worth filmmaker and former president of the Lone Star Film Society. The two men have both recently completed movies with gay themes that played at Fort Worth...