Posts Tagged ‘film’

Kryptonite

Kristian Lin
I’m not sure why this film is called Hollywoodland. The name refers to what Hollywood was originally known as, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the movie. None of the characters even mentions the earlier name....


Homing Instinct

Kristian Lin
I’ll start with a not terribly revealing confession: I managed to get through childhood without any meaningful contact with Lassie. I never read Eric Knight’s 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home, and I never saw the 1943 Hollywood ...



The Magic Man

KRISTIAN LIN
A big draw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Illusionist didn’t do much for me except remind me of the awesomeness of Paul Giamatti, which is no small achievement. Giamatti found his greatest success in American Sp...


MyDeath.com

Kristian Lin
Hollywood has been remaking Japanese horror flicks for some years now, and quite frankly I’m amazed that the movies haven’t been screwed up in the translation. Hideo Nakata’s The Ring Two has been the only out-and-out fai...



Velveteen Rabbit

Kristian Lin
The Night Listener has a great story, so great that it indirectly causes the movie’s downfall. It’s based on an Armistead Maupin novel, which in turn was based on an incident that actually happened to the author. Watching t...


Back from the Celluloid Grave

Kristian Lin
The Fort Worth Film Festival began with such promise. The first movie it screened, on Oct. 23, 1998, was Rushmore, a Texas-made film that would go on to be one of the best-reviewed releases of that year and make the reputations...



Gassed to Death

KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Paine’s documentary asks Who Killed the Electric Car? I thought we knew. It was that secret society that Homer Simpson was trying to join. They even sang about it in a musical number. The movie gives you the real story,...


Night Swims

KRISTIAN LIN
Lately, the “M” in M. Night Shyamalan has started to stand for “maddening.” Like his underappreciated previous film The Village, his current movie Lady in the Water has its share of bad moments but isn’t a bad movie s...



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...