Film Reviews

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 ...


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...


The Fall of a Sparrow

Kristian Lin
There are filmmakers who look back wistfully on the Hollywood of the 1930s and ’40s, when the studios had directors and other creative personnel under contract. Why the wistfulness for a system that placed such unfair restric...



All the Real Girls

Kristian Lin
My expectations were modest going into The Devil Wears Prada. The film is based on Lauren Weisberger’s dishy 2003 novel, which became a best-seller because of its supposed portrayal of legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour, for...


Look Up in the Sky

Kristian Lin
Forget the buzz that the latest Superman movie has a “Superman is gay” subtext. The real subtext of Superman Returns is that Superman is Jesus. The film is drawing raves from my fellow critics, and I wish I could join in, b...



Hesses’ Messes

The makers of Napoleon Dynamite find their act doesn’t travel south of the border.
Kristian Lin
Nacho Libre is the second comedy from husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jared and Jerusha Hess, whose debut Napoleon Dynamite somehow became a huge hit two years ago.


Thirteen

An absentee dad turns granddad and steals the show in Keeping Up With the Steins.
Kristian Lin
First of all, Keeping Up With the Steins isn’t to be confused with 2002’s Kissing Jessica Stein. Between the Judaism and the low-budget depictions of life in ritzy neighborhoods, the two films would make an interesting doub...



Fahrenheit 911

Global warming will kill us all unless we change, says Al Gore.
Kristian Lin
Did you see Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch a few weeks ago? The one that had Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election and leading America to universal health care, gasoline at 19 cents a gallon, an $11 trillion bu...


Post Romanticism

Lovers come unstuck in time in the surprisingly good The Lake House.
Kristian Lin
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Sandra Bullock is best known as a comic actress, but her best work tends to come in roles where she isn’t concentrating on being cute and lovable. In movies as different as Whi...