Posts Tagged ‘penn’

Penn’s States

A student filmmaker makes movies on the fly.
KRISTIAN LIN
“Why are you interviewing me?” Lindsay Penn suddenly asked me in the middle of our recent talk. She wasn’t asking out of false modesty or disingenuousness. She really wanted to know. I was interviewing her because her sho...


Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.



Curry Rice Krispies

An Indian guy with a Russian name is confused about his identity in The Namesake.
Kristian Lin
Jhumpa Lahiri’s excellent novel The Namesake takes much of its inspiration from the 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Gogol.


Stark Failure

Kristian Lin
Between the dimming of the lights and the opening credits, something happened when I saw the new film version of All the King’s Men. While the screen was showing the studio logos, the movie’s music started up on the soundtr...