Posts Tagged ‘issues’

We Bought a Zoo: Animal House

Like his hero, a filmmaker tries to find a new purpose.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are two ways to evaluate Cameron Crowe’s family-friendly new film We Bought a Zoo. One is by the standards of other PG-rated Hollywood movies that revolve around cute animals. By that measure, this is a drama that deals...


Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...



Tea Party; Local Brew

Tarrant Tea Partiers are training their sights on issues like the Trinity River Vision project.
BY DAN MCGRAW PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
On an early spring evening, inside the Elks Lodge meeting room on Fort Worth’s West Side, about 75 locals — most of them older white men — watched a presentation by Mike Brasovan. He’s a conservative Republican ...


Seeing No Evil, Re-Redux

Static
For, what, the umpteenth time, critics of the city’s actions on gas drilling and ethical issues got no respect Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council. The council voted 6-0 to deny appeals from activists Jim Ashford and Lou...



More Trouble

Static
The cover story in this issue describes how the Zetas drug cartel is wreaking havoc on the social fabric of huge swaths of Mexico. Apparently, the organization’s vicious ambitions go even further. According to Grupo Savant, a...


Muzzled Watchdogs

There wasn’t much barking on the public’s behalf at a recent hearing on gas drilling regulation.
CLYDE PICHT
The headline on Fort Worth Weekly’s Static column on Nov. 17 advised “Go Get ‘em, Watchdogs,” referring to the public’s chance to weigh in on gas issues in a hearing before the Texas House Committee on Energy Resource...



Bad Blood in Flower Mound

It’s a banner year for small-town backstabbing.
ERIC GRIFFEY
What do phallic vegetables, narcotics passwords, butt-pinching, and gas drilling have in common? They’re all related to a bizarre political melodrama unfolding in the town of Flower Mound.  


Death at a Funeral: Back from the Grave

A British farce returns, African-Americanized and slightly better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Marginally less annoying than the British movie that it’s based on, Death at a Funeral stars Chris Rock as a tax accountant/unpublished novelist named Aaron who’s dealing with a host of troublesome family issues after his f...



GasLand Drills for Answers

A Pennsylvania filmmaker visits North Texas to get the dirt on gas drilling.
DAN MCGRAW
In December 2008, live-theater producer and filmmaker Josh Fox (his 2008 film, Memorial Day, was based on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal) was approached by several landmen who wanted him to sign a deal to lease mineral rights fo...


New Sheriff Armendariz Reads ‘Em Their Rights

Peter Gorman
Regional Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Dr. Al Armendariz made quite a splash last night at the February meeting of the North Central Texas Communities Alliance. Featured speaker Armendariz drew between 250 and 3...