Posts Tagged ‘film’

Look Up in the Sky

Kristian Lin
Forget the buzz that the latest Superman movie has a “Superman is gay” subtext. The real subtext of Superman Returns is that Superman is Jesus. The film is drawing raves from my fellow critics, and I wish I could join in, b...


Hesses’ Messes

The makers of Napoleon Dynamite find their act doesn’t travel south of the border.
Kristian Lin
Nacho Libre is the second comedy from husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jared and Jerusha Hess, whose debut Napoleon Dynamite somehow became a huge hit two years ago.



Gram Parsons

Listen Up
Fallen Angel, a documentary on singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, has an interesting angle: that the Southern man’s career goal was to die young and become a legend. This charismatic, troubled, self-assured, and self-indulgent r...


Post Romanticism

Lovers come unstuck in time in the surprisingly good The Lake House.
Kristian Lin
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Sandra Bullock is best known as a comic actress, but her best work tends to come in roles where she isn’t concentrating on being cute and lovable. In movies as different as Whi...



Outback Slaughterhouse

Kristian Lin
During an interlude late in The Proposition, a member of an outlaw gang (Samuel Budge) sings a song to his fellow gang members about lost love in a thin, soulful tenor voice. The other outlaws are all moved by the song’s beau...


Red Scare

Arlingtonian Blake Calhoun’s Killing Down has all the makings of a top-shelf action thriller.
Brian Abrams
Arlington native Blake Calhoun appears to be on his way. His action-packed thriller and third feature Killing Down had its world premiere earlier this month in Dallas at the 36th annual USA Film Festival (sponsored by giants IF...