Posts Tagged ‘life’

F for Fake

The Hoax that Clifford Irving pulled is recounted in this enjoyable movie.
Kristian Lin
In interviews and public appearances, Richard Gere has repeatedly said that the most fun he has ever had on the job was playing Billy Flynn in Chicago.


Shoestring Budget

Though underfunded, Metropolitan Classical Ballet proves with its latest outings that it can still tackle Russian repertory, no matter how elaborate.
Leonard Eureka
Every time Metropolitan Classical Ballet goes onstage, the Arlington-based, Russian-influenced company dances a fine line between ambition and reality. Co-directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov are tops in their fields and h...



Potter Books

The creator of Peter Rabbit remains flat on the page in this stuffy biopic.
Kristian Lin
Remember last week when I praised Notes on a Scandal as an antidote to what I called “tea-and-crumpets” British cinema?


Life of Johnson

Big Ticket
The Amon Carter’s newest exhibit is called William H. Johnson’s World on Paper, and it pays tribute to the African-American artist associated with the Harlem Renaissance.



A Dream Not Deferred

One of Ed Smith’s earliest professional aspirations was to run an African-American theater — now he’s at one of the best.
Stage
Ed Smith, the man who has replaced the late Rudy Eastman as artistic director of Jubilee Theatre, has taught graduate level theater courses in prestigious universities as well as directed productions at regional stages across t...


Pilgrim and a Preacher and a Problem when He’s Stoned

His country-music raising got him started, but Waylon Payne’s talent — and his demons — drive him on.
Jeff Prince
The stereo in Waylon Payne’s 1989 Mercedes Benz is blasting “Mama, Drive On” as he barrels down a farm road west of Fort Worth. A breeze whips through the sunroof and knocks ashes off his Marlboro, but he doesn’t notice...



Lord of the Wings

Big Ticket
When it came out in 1980, Airplane! was considered frenetically paced for a comedy film.


Narrative Voice

It’s Stranger Than Fiction when your main character hears he’s going to die.
KRISTIAN LIN
I can safely say that Stranger Than Fiction is stranger than your average movie.



Nodding Off

Is The Science of Sleep a great movie? In your dreams, pal!
Kristian Lin
Often you hear about how comedy stars who act in movies need to be kept in line by directors. Well, Michel Gondry is a director who needs comic geniuses to stay disciplined. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the...


Air France

Kristian Lin
Before the United States entered World War I in 1917, there were already a small number of American men who had gone to France to fight the Germans. Some of them trained to fly airplanes. These were the first American fighter p...