Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Sneak Previews

Big Ticket
Christopher Kelly’s Great Movies You Haven’t Heard Of … Yet continues to give Fort Worth moviegoers a valuable advance look at likely Oscar contenders. This year the mini-festival expands to nine movies.


Smoke Screen

Big Ticket
Made in 1936, Reefer Madness owes much of its current fame to its rediscovery in the 1960s. That’s because Louis J. Gasnier’s film (properly titled Tell Your Children) is so incredibly, laughably wrong about the effects of ...



Eclipse: Lady Ante Bella

The third Twilight movie is the best so far, for what that’s worth.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Twilight movies have frustrated me, not because they’re made out of junk but for the opposite reason. Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling series of novels gets unfairly knocked because the fan base is mostly teen and pre-tee...


Sex and the City 2: Hanging On

Despite bad writing, the franchise keeps its buddy-buddy heart.
COLE WILLIAMS
Sex and the City 2 picks up two years after the first, with the wedding of Stanford (Willie Garson) and Anthony (Mario Cantone), Carrie’s and Charlotte’s gay best friends. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and John “...



This Movie Is Kick-Ass

It’s also a psychotic, satirical ode to superheroes.
KRISTIAN LIN
How do I describe the awesomeness of Kick-Ass? I could say this is the superhero flick that Watchmen desperately wanted to be, but that doesn’t quite cover it. I could call it a comic book fan’s dream come true, but then I...


It’s Not a Wonderful After.Life

Or even the best movie set at a funeral home this week.
KRISTIAN LIN
Eleven years ago, a great Japanese film came out in American theaters under the title After Life, a joyful meditation that imagined all of us going to a Buddhist temple/studio after our deaths to have our favorite memories made...



The Ghost Writer: A Real Roman à Clef

Polanski’s thriller happily skewers the war on terror.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve had examples of prison literature throughout history, but The Ghost Writer may be the closest we’ve ever had to prison filmmaking. Roman Polanski shot the footage prior to his arrest last year, after which he proceede...


Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hey, look! It’s an Oscar ceremony in March, just like we used to have every year. With all the attention on the Best Picture and acting races as usual, I’m running my third annual rundown of some of the lesser-known categor...



Firth of Force

KRISTIAN LIN
Talented though he is, Colin Firth has never shown that much range. While his close contemporary Hugh Grant has made a career out of playing different variations on the same randy bon vivant, Firth has made his largely by playi...


Imaginarium, Youth in Revolt Finally Out

KRISTIAN LIN
Some films go from blank page to your local movie screen relatively quickly; Up in the Air wrapped principal photography last spring, which is why it feels so timely. In other cases, exigent circumstances (better known as real ...