Posts Tagged ‘films’

The Joint Is Jumpin’

Big Ticket
Spike Lee once behaved like a jackass to one of this paper’s interns, but that doesn’t diminish the artistry of the films made by this unruly, bristling, angry, risk-loving giant of American cinema.


Well Drilled

Remarkable as There Will Be Blood often is, our film critic refuses to gush.
Kristian Lin
I did something unusual while preparing to write my review of There Will Be Blood: I read everybody else’s reviews.



Death Warmed Over

A weepy, fuzzy end-of-life drama will leave you wanting to kick The Bucket List.
Kristian Lin
Remember last year’s Oscars, when Jack Nicholson showed up at the ceremony with a shaven head and everybody said, “Ooh, it’s Jack Nicholson with a shaven head!”?


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.



Black Screens

Big Ticket
The term “film noir” was invented by French critics in the late 1950s as a label for a set of movies that Hollywood started making in the ’40s.


Three Up, Three Down

Small essays on the men behind the Rush Hour series and the passage of time.
Kristian Lin
Surely no one will be surprised to learn that there’s nothing in Rush Hour 3 that can’t be found in either of the first two movies.



Essential Art House

Big Ticket
The death last week of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman triggered a day of mourning for lovers of international cinema.


Freezing Spell

While Harry Potter loses a loved one, his fifth movie loses something else.
Kristian Lin
The opening scene of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes place in brilliant sunshine, which we don’t often see in these movies.



Hit Me Again

Ben Kingsley beats the bottle, but his movie loses the war.
Kristian Lin
Of all the living actors who’ve been knighted by the queen of England, have any of them found their way into more crappy movies than Sir Ben Kingsley?


Off the Island

Letters From Iwo Jima is an Oscar nominee, but it falls short of the hype.
Kristian Lin
Clint Eastwood shot Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers as companion pieces.