Posts Tagged ‘class’

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 4 The cavernous Metropolitan Opera was long assumed to be a bad place to stage Baroque operas, with their smaller ensembles and intimate dramas. Yet the New York venue’s staging of Handel’s Rodelinda, about a royal ...


Stage West’s Arms

An 1894 Shaw classic doesn’t seem topical. However …
JIMMY FOWLER
At one point during Stage West’s top-shelf revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 comedy Arms and the Man, a seasoned manservant tutors a lady’s maid on the secret to being a successful servant: “The key to get on as a s...



Wrong War

When will the middle class wake up?
E. R. BILLS
My father grew up on Gordon Avenue on the South Side of Fort Worth. After high school at Trimble Tech, he apprenticed in the construction industry and became a journeyman electrician. In the 1970s he earned an average of $40,00...


They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...



Feed a Cabin Fever

Chow, Baby
Last week’s icy roads and rolling blackouts (no TV for several minutes at a time!) meant that homebound Chow, Baby actually had to turn to books for entertainment while (the whiny tone spikes here) it cooked for itself using ...


Thanks for Making Me The Fighter

David O. Russell thinks inside the boxing movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you go to The Fighter expecting a generic uplifting sports drama, you will get a very good one. If you go to it expecting a crazy stylistic exercise like David O. Russell’s other films, you’ll be disappointed. I must adm...



Any Way You Slice It

Chow, Baby
One of Chow, Baby’s valiant attempts to impose order on the food universe is its gyros classification system. It’s pretty straightforward: Class A is slabs of lamb and/or beef that have been marinated in a secret family rec...


We Are the Beasts

When we don’t speak up, bullying can be fatal.
E.R. BILLS
In many ways, Hunter Layland was like any other freshman boy in the Metroplex. He played football, spent time with his friends, and tried to adapt to high school. But unlike most young people learning the ropes in our communiti...



Can We Fill Out the Form Under the Covers?

Static
There are days in this country when being a sentient human seems to have become a lost art (look no further than some comments on Blotch for proof that Idiocracy is occurring as we speak). On those days, Static would just like ...


Too Much Heaven

KRISTIAN LIN
As far back as 2001, when Peter Jackson first took on the Lord of the Rings saga, I kept wishing that he’d find time to go back to the more life-sized films like Heavenly Creatures that first marked out this New Zealander...