Posts Tagged ‘movie’

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.


Dream Supreme

And I am telling you Dreamgirls is a stunning, star-powered musical spectacle.
Kristian Lin
When Dreamgirls debuted on Broadway in 1981, it won over an entire generation of theatergoers, African-American and not, with songs by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyer that skillfully evoked a wide range of black music through recent...



Along Came a Spider

Humble and sometimes radiant, Charlotte’s Web is better with your eyes closed.
Kristian Lin
The new big-screen version of Charlotte’s Web moves me to a sentiment that may be a first for me: This movie should have been an audiobook. E.B. White’s classic children’s novel was turned into a film once before, a rathe...


Force of Will

A San Francisco man’s golden son shines for him in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Kristian Lin
I’ve been watching so many movies lately that maybe my usual defenses are worn down.



My Oh Maya

Apocalypto isn’t the end of the world, just an inconsistent action thriller.
Kristian Lin
OK, so a few months ago, Mel Gibson had the year’s biggest celebrity meltdown, unless somebody comes up with a better one in the next few weeks.


God Parents

Tiny baby Jesus, help us in our struggles with boredom as we watch The Nativity Story.
Kristian Lin
I had an epiphany while watching The Nativity Story. An angel spoke in my ear, if you wish, though I prefer to believe I came up with the thought myself.



Wishing and Hyping

For Your Consideration, this comedy isn’t the best from Christopher Guest.
Kristian Lin
Having worked in the mock-documentary format since This Is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest has ditched the form in his latest movie, For Your Consideration. You’ll hardly notice, though, since the movie takes place in an area (...


Out of the Past

The heroes of The Fountain and Déjà Vu come unstuck in time, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
Unlike painting or sculpture, movies exist in time, a fact that we’re reminded of whenever we hurry to grab a seat before the 7:20 showing starts. The medium is also uniquely equipped to play with story time and screen time t...



The Fools of Rock

Tenacious D offers up a satanically good comic rock opera.
Kristian Lin
This is what I remember most about Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.


Slipping a Mickey

Animals were definitely harmed during the making of Fast Food Nation.
Kristian Lin
One thought prevailed in my brain as I watched Fast Food Nation: Richard Linklater has turned into John Sayles. That’s not a good thing, by the way, though I’m sure it’s only temporary. The multifariously talented filmmak...