Posts Tagged ‘love’

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 1 After breaking up with her boyfriend, animator Nina Paley took solace in reading the Sanskrit epic poem Ramayana while listening to vintage jazz records. The result was Sita Sings the Blues, an animated film that re-t...


Big Miracle: Fish Story

Three whales trapped in ice; moviegoers trapped in sentimentality.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last fall we saw the release of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, a terrific thriller that took in a single event (a global pandemic) from the points of view of a wide array of characters affected by it. The cuddlier and well-in...



Victim of Circumstance

This drama’s calling card: Iranian teen lesbians in trouble.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes the idea of a movie is more powerful than the movie itself. That’s certainly the case with Circumstance, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. At its infrequent best, this lesbian rom...


Cal’s State: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

A great cast saves this romance from itself.
KRISTIAN LIN
Not so long ago, a movie like Crazy, Stupid, Love. would have been released at the height of Oscar season and touted for awards. This dramedy set squarely in middle-class American life recalls the 2000 Best Picture-winning Amer...



Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

The iconic filmmaker’s latest is a valentine to the City of Light.
COLE WILLIAMS
So I’ve now seen two Woody Allen movies, the first being 1973’s Sleeper. I saw that when I was in high school, when the film was already nearly two decades old. The second is his latest, Midnight in Paris, and I can tell I...


Trinity Shakes Rosalind

The TCU festival recruits a top-notch talent to tackle one of The Bard’s greatest characters.
JIMMY FOWLER
If any Shakespearean character deserves to be rediscovered by contemporary audiences, it’s Rosalind from As You Like It (probably written in the year 1600). Literary critics and amateur bardolators alike have long been infatu...



Texas Ballet Theater Mixes It Up

All dourness aside, TBT’s mixed repertoire programs had Bass Hall rocking.
LEONARD EUREKA
Mixed repertoire programs can be a tough nut to crack. Without the unifying music and storyline of a full-length work, success depends on lining up shorter ballets that make a satisfying evening together. Texas Ballet Theater, ...


Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Welcome to my fourth annual look at the mid-major categories of the annual Academy Awards (to be televised Sunday) It’s my way of pointing out who did the best work last year in these aspects of filmmaking that immeasurably a...



Phillip Morris: Liar Liar

Jim Carrey’s back on his game in this gay caper flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of 2010’s most charming movies is I Love You Phillip Morris, the demonic gay bastard child of The Informant! and Brokeback Mountain. This madcap caper film played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews that, a...


Rutledge Goes from Farm to Market

The Fort Worth painter has a startling new exhibit up now at Artspace 111.
JIMMY FOWLER
As anyone who knows her can attest, Fort Worth artist Jo LeMay Rutledge is both blunt and a bit of a wisecracker. When one of her oil paintings was recently accepted in a citywide show, the 61-year-old was asked to write a shor...