Posts Tagged ‘film’

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...



Stark Failure

Kristian Lin
Between the dimming of the lights and the opening credits, something happened when I saw the new film version of All the King’s Men. While the screen was showing the studio logos, the movie’s music started up on the soundtr...


Gripping

Kristian Lin
In The Believer, Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of a self-loathing Jewish neo-Nazi who plots to bomb his community’s synagogue, enchanted audiences at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Five years later, and the lanky Canadian did ...



Shocking

Kultur
Even though he’s an independent filmmaker based in lil’ ol’ Fort Worth, Jon Keeyes is probably busier than a lot of Hollywood dudes.


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...