Posts Tagged ‘films’

Let Me In: “I’ve Been 12 for a Long Time”

All the vampire movies just got their asses handed to them.
KRISTIAN LIN
The insinuating Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In took the world (including the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival) by storm, and ever since an American remake was announced, fans of Tomas Alfredson’s origina...


Talk of The Town

Is Ben Affleck the next Michael Mann? Could be.
KRISTIAN LIN
After all this time, after having his private life extensively dragged through the tabloids by a series of high-profile romances, after becoming a pop culture punching bag, after starring in Gigli for God’s sake, what if Ben ...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 25 Texas Family Musicals closes out its season with two performances of Neil Simon’s chestnut The Sunshine Boys, about two old vaudeville actors who reunite one last time to reprise their routine for television. The sho...


Pixar Re-Opens Its Toy Chest

Toy Story 3 can’t match the first two, but it’s fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
The following statement is true –– and also pretty much meaningless: Toy Story 3 is the weakest Pixar movie in the last 10 years. It’s true, because the movie never achieves the emotional weight of so many of its fellow P...



Please Give Weaves a Guilt-Edged Story

Charity begins at home in this richly observed comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If there’s any doubt that Nicole Holofcener should have filmed the Sex and the City movie, her latest comedy Please Give should remove it. The independent filmmaker directed episodes of the TV show in the 1990s, presumably to...


Calling All Docs

Big Ticket
Lovers of nonfiction cinema can enjoy five –– count ’em: five! –– documentary films being offered at various local venues. KinoMonda kicks things off on Wednesday with Waltz With Bashir, the Oscar-nominated animated f...



Unhappy Haneke

Funny Games tortures you to make a point. This review will save you some pain.
Kristian Lin
When you watch slasher flicks and other movies that kill off innocent characters like ants, do you feel bad for those onscreen victims?


Scene 2 for Scenesters

KRISTIAN LIN
Fort Worth movie fans may well remember The Scenesters as the opening selection of the Lone Star Film Festival last November. Now the movie’s enjoying a new wave of interest, having been screened at the Slamdance Film Fes...



Bienvenue de Belleville

Big Ticket
The influence of Django Reinhardt continues to pop up in the most unusual places, like the 2007 video game BioShock, which contained several Reinhardt songs on its soundtrack.


The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
America’s economy may still be in recovery, but our film industry is in good health financially and (more importantly) artistically. That seems to be the major conclusion that I’ve drawn from the more than 200 movie...