Posts Tagged ‘filmmakers’

This Means War: Bad Threesome

Two CIA guys date the same ditz: Bullets fly, the film doesn’t.
KRISTIAN LIN
These days, romantic comedies often come packaged with gunfire, explosions, and car chases because filmmakers and studios think that’s the only way to make male moviegoers sit still. This Means War is one of those. While that...


Lone Star Power

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We wondered how Lone Star International Film Festival would fare now that it’s no longer the new kid on the block. Well, this year LSIFF has rounded up its most prestigious lineup yet, giving us a chance to see some entries t...



A Lame Old Fashioned Orgy

Though occasionally funny, this sexually preoccupied comedy fails to deliver.
STEVE STEWARD
Aiming for the sort of hi-larious raunch that appeals to people who grew up on a diet of Porky’s, Meatballs, and the scattered, precious moments of unscrambled Playboy Channel, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy engages in some middli...


The Trouble With Harry

The seventh Potter film doesn’t hold up. Does that matter?
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m in a difficult position here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the seventh installment of an eight-part series. As such, it’s not necessarily meant to stand on its own. Instead, it’s a means to an end, ...



Infinite Jest

Kristian Lin
It’s high time that America discovered Steve Coogan. The 43-year-old needle-nosed native of Manchester, England, is hugely popular in the U.K. as the star of several TV shows and smart, funny postmodern comedy films (Tris...


Teen Dreams

Kristian Lin
The title of American Teen makes me suspicious. Just as it was with the excellent late-1990s TV miniseries American High, the word “American” in the title gives off the unwelcome impression that these documentaries ...



Northern Exposure

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Last week may have been the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest, but this week UNT is offering even more interesting events for our readers up north or for downtowners who might want to head over there.


Carlitos’ Way

Under the Same Moon, a Mexican kid travels illegally and weepily across America.
Kristian Lin
The recent surge in Mexican-made films on both sides of the U.S. border has had mostly positive results, but I suppose we were due to see a downside at some point.



Lost Children

Last year’s scariest horror movie is the Spanish import The Orphanage.
Kristian Lin
A look back on 2007′s horror movies doesn’t exactly reveal an embarrassment of riches.


Oh, the Horror!

Why Fort Worth filmmakers are focused on vampires and zombies instead of neurotic urban singles.
Kristian Lin
The footage we see is in grainy black and white. A heavy-set man in a shirt and tie is getting a lapdance from a stripper when she’s murdered in mid-gyration.