Film Reviews

MyDeath.com

Kristian Lin
Hollywood has been remaking Japanese horror flicks for some years now, and quite frankly I’m amazed that the movies haven’t been screwed up in the translation. Hideo Nakata’s The Ring Two has been the only out-and-out fai...


Olive the Family

Kristian Lin
An enormous crowd-pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival, Little Miss Sunshine now looks poised to be this year’s “little indie movie that could” box-office hit. The packed house at the Angelika in Dallas, where I saw it l...



Stone Monument

Kristian Lin
I feel like I’m having a flashback to the early 1990s, because I’m pissed off at Oliver Stone. Again. I didn’t think he could do it. He was once one of Hollywood’s most vital talents, certainly its most controversial.


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...



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, ...



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...


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 ...