Posts Tagged ‘film’

Ricky Bobby’s Guide to Life (Or At Least the Movies)

How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema
Kristian Lin
One of the things that makes movie-going such an enjoyably unpredictable business is that every once in a while, a lowbrow comedy tells us more about ourselves than all the self-serious Oscar-baiting epic films and self-congrat...


Klaatu Barada Nikto

Big Ticket
While the 1950s produced great science-fiction movies such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, many people associate the decade’s sci-fi with the films of Edward Wood — dreadful special effects, hilariously stilted dialogue,...



Company Man

The Good Shepherd doesn’t go astray, but doesn’t lead anywhere exciting.
Kristian Lin
If you want a big-name actor to play a colorless guy with a hole in his soul, Matt Damon is now officially your man.


Along Came a Spider

Humble and sometimes radiant, Charlotte’s Web is better with your eyes closed.
Kristian Lin
The new big-screen version of Charlotte’s Web moves me to a sentiment that may be a first for me: This movie should have been an audiobook. E.B. White’s classic children’s novel was turned into a film once before, a rathe...



Sundance Kid

A Californian-via-Fort Worth with no film experience gets his debut short accepted by the mother of all U.S. festivals.
Brian Abrams
On a whim a couple of months ago, the 29-year-old Fort Worth native took a short break from his full-time job as a mechanical engineer for Apple Computers and wrote and directed a 19-minute short on the North Side. Had Beltran ...


My Oh Maya

Apocalypto isn’t the end of the world, just an inconsistent action thriller.
Kristian Lin
OK, so a few months ago, Mel Gibson had the year’s biggest celebrity meltdown, unless somebody comes up with a better one in the next few weeks.



Wishing and Hyping

For Your Consideration, this comedy isn’t the best from Christopher Guest.
Kristian Lin
Having worked in the mock-documentary format since This Is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest has ditched the form in his latest movie, For Your Consideration. You’ll hardly notice, though, since the movie takes place in an area (...


Out of the Past

The heroes of The Fountain and Déjà Vu come unstuck in time, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
Unlike painting or sculpture, movies exist in time, a fact that we’re reminded of whenever we hurry to grab a seat before the 7:20 showing starts. The medium is also uniquely equipped to play with story time and screen time t...



Windsor Knot

The show must go on, says The Queen, an excellent account of a monarchy in crisis.
Kristian Lin
Honestly, I can’t imagine what British people must feel watching The Queen. The movie evokes the flood tide of emotions that washed over the U.K. in 1997: the surge of hope that accompanied Tony Blair’s election, the crushi...


Million Dollar Mandy

A local producer and Fort Worth Country Day School grad lands a major Hollywood deal.
Brian Abrams
A lot of grads from Fort Worth Country Day School, one of the most elite private high schools in Texas, have experienced some success in the film industry.