Posts Tagged ‘author’

Young Adult: Gary Unmarried

A bitter hot mess gives this comedy its zip.
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone connected with Young Adult seems to have something to prove. Director Jason Reitman, typecast as a purveyor of crowd-pleasing entertainment that’s mature and intelligent enough to win awards, wants to show that he ca...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 26 HGTV viewers will recognize Cathy Whitlock as an on-air guest on Decorating With Style, but she’ll be at UNT to talk about her work as an author of both a book and a blog devoted to art direction and costumes in po...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 27 UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus goes in for German funeral music this evening, and while that probably doesn’t fit your idea of a good time, the program consists of great choral works, namely Mozart’s Requi...


Plain-spoken

Local author Jarid Manos spares no detail in telling of his troubled youth and inspired adulthood.
Books
There are a lot of hard-knock stories that follow a character from the bottom of society’s barrel to a better life full of clean living.



Martyr and Man

Big Ticket
Dr. Samuel Johnson once wrote that “when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrate his mind wonderfully.” The condemned character in Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying needs a bit of assi...


Conduct Unbecoming

A not-so-plain Jane is a major problem with this literary period piece.
Kristian Lin
Anne Hathaway is easy to look at under normal circumstances, but in Becoming Jane she is downright breathtaking, with her hair in photogenic upswept curls framing her alabaster skin and those marvelous lips.



Potter Books

The creator of Peter Rabbit remains flat on the page in this stuffy biopic.
Kristian Lin
Remember last week when I praised Notes on a Scandal as an antidote to what I called “tea-and-crumpets” British cinema?


Dash It, ‘Jeeves’!

Stage West’s adaptation of an old piece of ‘light writing’ reveals its subversive, prescient edge.
Stage
In 1957, the prolific author and playwright P.G. Wodehouse said, “I go in for what is known in the trade as ‘light writing,’ and those who do so are looked down upon by the intelligentsia and sneered at.” Indeed, certif...



Tru and Two

The story of last year’s Oscar-winner is told again, to lesser effect.
Kristian Lin
Infamous tells the story of author Truman Capote and his career-defining decision to write In Cold Blood, his novel about a mass murder in Kansas. Sound familiar? That’s because the film was in production at the same time as ...


Posse Prose

A bunch of Fort Worth scribes collaborate on a Western that hits more often than it misses.
Books
A baker’s dozen of Texas writers have set egos — and some might say common sense — aside to write a collaborative novel (which might be better described as a novel of unexpected outcomes) about the adventures and misadven...