Posts Tagged ‘movie’

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.


Teacher’s Pet

Judi Dench takes Notes on a Scandal and reveals the blackness of one woman’s soul.
Kristian Lin
The tabloids would have you believe that movie stardom is exclusively for young hotties, but take a look at 72-year-old Judi Dench.



Chinese Opera

Big Ticket
Fort Worth opera lovers haven’t had it easy the last few months. The local opera company has been in hibernation all season and won’t come out until the big festival in the summer. Meanwhile, the New York’s Metropolitan O...


Family Coup

The palaces are pretty but empty in the Chinese epic Curse of the Golden Flower.
KRISTIAN LIN
Four years ago Zhang Yimou made the most expensive film in Chinese history, Hero, with an estimated budget of $30 million.



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...


No Kids Under 18

The human race nears its end in the remorseless sci-fi thriller Children of Men.
Kristian Lin
Two years ago, Alfonso Cuarón directed a luminous adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and revitalized a movie series that might otherwise have died prematurely.



Lord of the Wings

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


Scent to Death

Something smells amiss in the totally insane Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Kristian Lin
Since its publication in 1985, Patrick Süskind’s German novel Das Parfum has been hailed as an instant classic.



Ricky Bobby’s Guide to Life (Or At Least the Movies)

How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema
Kristian Lin
One of the things that makes movie-going such an enjoyably unpredictable business is that every once in a while, a lowbrow comedy tells us more about ourselves than all the self-serious Oscar-baiting epic films and self-congrat...


Top Films of 2006

With so many good movies, our film critic has a hard time sticking to just 10.
Kristian Lin
While it was going on, 2006 didn’t seem to me like that great a year for movies.