Posts Tagged ‘life’

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...


Stone Monument

Kristian Lin
I feel like I’m having a flashback to the early 1990s, because I’m pissed off at Oliver Stone. Again. I didn’t think he could do it. He was once one of Hollywood’s most vital talents, certainly its most controversial.



Velveteen Rabbit

Kristian Lin
The Night Listener has a great story, so great that it indirectly causes the movie’s downfall. It’s based on an Armistead Maupin novel, which in turn was based on an incident that actually happened to the author. Watching t...


Universal Hope

Books
As a genre, gay fiction came into its own in the late ’80s/early 1990s, but the coming-out party felt more like a wake. The terrorizing effects of AIDS provided a generation of homosexual men with grand themes like mortality,...



The Good Fight

JESSE JAMES DECONTO
Five years ago outside the Walls Unit in Huntsville, on the night the State of Texas prepared to execute Lois Robison’s son, young photographer Scott Langley watched as she screamed and cried on the sidewalk.


Good Twig Bunting

Books
Author and former major league baseball pitcher Jim Bouton once wrote that statistics are “about as interesting as first-base coaches.” He has a point. First-base coaches are all about patting players on the butt, telling r...



Gram Parsons

Listen Up
Fallen Angel, a documentary on singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, has an interesting angle: that the Southern man’s career goal was to die young and become a legend. This charismatic, troubled, self-assured, and self-indulgent r...


Fahrenheit 911

Global warming will kill us all unless we change, says Al Gore.
Kristian Lin
Did you see Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch a few weeks ago? The one that had Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election and leading America to universal health care, gasoline at 19 cents a gallon, an $11 trillion bu...