Posts Tagged ‘film’

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...


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 (...



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.



Hijos de la Noche

Big Ticket
This week of Halloween, Rose Marine Theater presents an unusual treat: Drácula. Notice that we didn’t say Dracula.


Terrorist in Training

The South African story Catch a Fire is an object lesson in why torture doesn’t work.
Kristian Lin
Is Phillip Noyce one of the world’s most important filmmakers? Five years ago we all would have laughed at the suggestion, yet now here I am giving it serious thought. After launching his career in 1989 with the effective thr...



If I Were a Queen

Maybe Marie Antoinette didn’t deserve the guillotine. Her new movie certainly doesn’t.
Kristian Lin
Sofia Coppola’s third film, Marie Antoinette comes trailing bad buzz from Cannes this past summer, where a largely French crowd greeted it with boos and hisses. It’s easy to see what they didn’t like. The director’s les...


Politically Incorrect

Man of the Year suffers from dull satire, and then it really goes bad.
Kristian Lin
There are many things wrong with Man of the Year, but the basic premise isn’t one of them.



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 ...


Nodding Off

Is The Science of Sleep a great movie? In your dreams, pal!
Kristian Lin
Often you hear about how comedy stars who act in movies need to be kept in line by directors. Well, Michel Gondry is a director who needs comic geniuses to stay disciplined. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the...