Posts Tagged ‘film’

Custodial Interference

If you want a sharp little thriller, take The Lookout to the bank.
Kristian Lin
Saying that The Lookout is a terrific little film may sound patronizing, but it’s actually high praise.


Where the Wild Things Are

The Modern tests and soothes childhood in Pretty Baby.
Art
In art, theater, music, literature, film — basically, any artistic discipline — there are themes, and then there are themes.



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Big Ticket
For all of you who were outraged when Pan’s Labyrinth lost the Best Foreign Film Oscar to The Lives of Others, you can see the latter film this week and take comfort in the fact that it’s pretty good, too. And if that doesn...


Men With Choppers

Wild Hogs is bad enough to make you trade in your motorcycle for an SUV.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some years ago, political satirist Mark Russell observed that guys caught in mid-life crises tended to handle them in one of three ways: They bought motorcycles, cheated on their wives, or became spies for the Soviets. He wound...



What’s the Big Idea?

Three movies this week are dominated by men and their obsessions.
KRISTIAN LIN
George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.


Little Children

Big Ticket
File this under the heading of The More Things Change … :



A Lonesome Dove and a Yalid

Kultur
Filmmaker David H. Hickey is an oddity in these parts — he generally avoids making movies about dead teenagers.


The Way to Wonderland

It’s tough to bring a beloved fantasy novel to the screen, as this movie shows.
Kristian Lin
An unusual number of people have come up to me in the last month or so to tell me how marvelous they found Pan’s Labyrinth.



Capturing Katrina

A local filmmaker’s forthcoming documentary on the storm’s aftermath is apolitical in a political way.
Brian Abrams
David Redmon might be the most earnest documentary filmmaker around. His subject matter is always edgy, he finances all of his projects himself (to avoid any implied or explicit biases and to have complete artistic control), an...


Violation

Breaking and Entering makes hash out of big issues, and that’s a petty crime.
Kristian Lin
Anthony Minghella made his name as the director of lush, cosmopolitan, epic literary adaptations with period settings, beginning with The English Patient in 1996 and continuing through The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.