Film Reviews

Nodding Off

Is The Science of Sleep a great movie? In your dreams, pal!
Kristian Lin
Often you hear about how comedy stars who act in movies need to be kept in line by directors. Well, Michel Gondry is a director who needs comic geniuses to stay disciplined. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the...


Rat Traps

Celebrity moles infest Boston’s gangland in Scorsese’s terrific, twisty The Departed.
Kristian Lin
A lot of big names are connected with The Departed, so let’s start with two of the not-so-bigs: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. They’re the Hong Kong filmmakers who made Infernal Affairs, the excellent 2004 police drama on which T...



Dr. P. and the Women

Jon Heder fails to lead the problematic School for Scoundrels to big laughs.
Kristian Lin
This Jon Heder thing needs to stop before it gets out of hand. I mean, OK, we all loved Napoleon Dynamite, or at least you all did. That movie’s success deservedly landed its star a few supporting roles in Hollywood stuff and...


Kutcher Coo

Two movies inspire some thoughts on a pretty, and pretty annoying, actor’s career.
Kristian Lin
Have we underestimated Ashton Kutcher? You can hardly blame us if we have. There are so many good reasons to hate him. His starring role in a bunch of lame movies such as Dude, Where’s My Car? and others that were almost as b...



Stark Failure

Kristian Lin
Between the dimming of the lights and the opening credits, something happened when I saw the new film version of All the King’s Men. While the screen was showing the studio logos, the movie’s music started up on the soundtr...


Air France

Kristian Lin
Before the United States entered World War I in 1917, there were already a small number of American men who had gone to France to fight the Germans. Some of them trained to fly airplanes. These were the first American fighter p...



Sacrificing Stars

Kristian Lin
The road to the remake of the 1973 pagan drama The Wicker Man was paved with good intentions, not to mention some formidable talent. Leading man Nicolas Cage also acts as an executive producer on playwright-filmmaker Neil LaBut...


Gripping

Kristian Lin
In The Believer, Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of a self-loathing Jewish neo-Nazi who plots to bomb his community’s synagogue, enchanted audiences at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Five years later, and the lanky Canadian did ...



Kryptonite

Kristian Lin
I’m not sure why this film is called Hollywoodland. The name refers to what Hollywood was originally known as, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the movie. None of the characters even mentions the earlier name....


World Traveler

Kristian Lin
Most filmmakers I interview are quite happy to chatter about their own work. It is, after all, the purpose of our conversation. Not so with Justin Hilliard, the tall, thin UTA graduate whose beard doesn’t distract from his bo...