Posts Tagged ‘films’
What We Do In the Shadows

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
opening What We Do in the Shadows (NR) Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-write, co-direct, and co-star in this mockumentary comedy as vampires who get on each other’s nerves when they’re forced to share an apartment. Als...


Milena Canonero’s costumes are Oscar-worthy in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
Welcome once again to my Oscar preview that ignores the A-list categories in favor of handicapping the mid-major races, giving me the chance to praise work by the artisans whom I didn’t always have space for in my regular mov...



Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (NR) Spike Lee’s remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 blaxploitation film Ganja & Hess stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as a scientist who develops an insatiable thirst for blood after being stabbed b...


Song of the Sea

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Song of the Sea (PG) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this Irish film by Tomm Moore (The Book of Kells) is about a selkie (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) who determines to return her fellow fairy creature...



Still Alice

Losing My Mind

Julianne Moore deserves an Oscar but not for Still Alice.
Kristian Lin
Julianne Moore looks like a mortal lock to pick up an Oscar next week for her performance in Still Alice, an honor that she should have won years ago. I yield to no one in my admiration for this actress, yet I find myself curio...


The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...



Mommy

Beautiful Boy

One-third of the screen yields three times the emotion in the Quebecois drama Mommy.
Kristian Lin
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone. Xavier Dolan started out as a child actor in his native Canada, and at 25 his career in front of the camera is still going. However, he has become known to the world as a...


Duke of Burgundy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Duke of Burgundy (NR) Like Fifty Shades of Grey, but a lot more lesbic. This drama by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as a lepidopterist who engages in an S&M sexual relation...



Amira-Sam

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Amira & Sam (NR) Martin Starr stars in this comedy as a U.S. Army veteran who falls in love with an Iraqi woman (Dina Shababi). Also with Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, Ross Marquand, Taylor Wilcox, and David Rasche. (Op...


CAKE

Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...