Posts Tagged ‘movie’

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 (...


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...



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.


Stray Shot

Spanning the globe, Babel contains at least three movies. One’s really good.
Kristian Lin
Supposedly director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have parted ways over the issue of authorial credit for the three films they’ve collaborated on.



Windsor Knot

The show must go on, says The Queen, an excellent account of a monarchy in crisis.
Kristian Lin
Honestly, I can’t imagine what British people must feel watching The Queen. The movie evokes the flood tide of emotions that washed over the U.K. in 1997: the surge of hope that accompanied Tony Blair’s election, the crushi...


Stale

Circle Theatre’s Bus Stop isn’t the problem — we are.
Stage
If you want to check out a dandy example of the difference between film and stage acting, watch the 1957 romantic comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. It features Laurence Olivier, commonly cited as a titan of 20th-century theater.



Slugging It Out

Nick Park’s animation company goes digital, but something essential is Flushed Away.
Kristian Lin
If Flushed Away looks familiar, there’s no mystery to it. The movie’s a product of Aardman Animation, the British outfit that has turned out Chicken Run and the Wallace & Gromit films. The medium here is pixels rather ...


If I Were a Queen

Maybe Marie Antoinette didn’t deserve the guillotine. Her new movie certainly doesn’t.
Kristian Lin
Sofia Coppola’s third film, Marie Antoinette comes trailing bad buzz from Cannes this past summer, where a largely French crowd greeted it with boos and hisses. It’s easy to see what they didn’t like. The director’s les...



Four Stars

The restaurant-and-a-movie concept goes upscale but is still down to earth, produced by Metro Cinema + Indigo Grille.
Brian Abrams
The restaurant-slash-movie-theater concept hasn’t really taken off here. To sup-and-screen somewhere other than at our beloved Ridgmar Movie Tavern (comfortable, solid neighborhood grill fare), we Tarrant County folk have to ...


Politically Incorrect

Man of the Year suffers from dull satire, and then it really goes bad.
Kristian Lin
There are many things wrong with Man of the Year, but the basic premise isn’t one of them.