Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Cinderella

Chimes at Midnight

Disney’s new Cinderella is told straight, but what for?
Kristian Lin
The story of Cinderella was first written down sometime in the 16th century by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile. Since then, the tale of the chambermaid who escapes an oppressive life by wearing a pretty dress and impress...


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Killer or Filler?

Killer or Filler?
Fort Worth Weekly
Jetta in the Ghost Tree’s Clandestine, Vol. 1 It’s been almost nine years since former Flickerstick frontman Brandin Lea put out an album. You would never know it by listening to Clandestine, Vol. 1. Recorded at AudioStyles...



These Final Hours.

At the End of the Day

These Final Hours sees the world’s end from the suburbs of Western Australia.
Kristian Lin
Remember this name: Zak Hilditch. You’ll probably be hearing it again soon. That’s because filmmakers who can convincingly evoke the apocalypse on a small budget usually get called by Hollywood to do the same thing on a muc...


The cast kicks up their heels at a wedding dance at the end of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Second Best Indeed

The Exotic Marigold Hotel extends its stay. We don’t get much out of it.
Kristian Lin
I was lukewarm on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it opened two summers ago, so you probably won’t be surprised that I had a similar reaction to its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not terrible by any str...



Chappie

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Chappie (PG-13) The latest film by Neill Blomkamp (Distrtict 9) is about a police robot (Sharlto Copley) in a futuristic society who’s stolen and reprogrammed to think for himself. Also with Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, N...


What We Do In the Shadows

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
opening What We Do in the Shadows (NR) Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-write, co-direct, and co-star in this mockumentary comedy as vampires who get on each other’s nerves when they’re forced to share an apartment. Als...



Ryan Tharp Life So Far

The World According to Tharp

This Fort Worth ax-man steps out from the shadows with a stellar debut.
Jimmy Fowler
Give a listen to Life So Far, the debut album from Ryan Tharp, and one impression may cross your mind: This is an awfully confident freshman effort. The 29-year-old Fort Worth singer-songwriter-guitarist casually but masterfull...


Milena Canonero’s costumes are Oscar-worthy in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
Welcome once again to my Oscar preview that ignores the A-list categories in favor of handicapping the mid-major races, giving me the chance to praise work by the artisans whom I didn’t always have space for in my regular mov...



Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (NR) Spike Lee’s remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 blaxploitation film Ganja & Hess stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as a scientist who develops an insatiable thirst for blood after being stabbed b...


JLD

Street Smarts

Not too long ago, JLD was homeless. Now he’s playing a sanctioned SXSW gig.
Jimmy Fowler
When you ask 32-year-old Justin Derington to cite some of his biggest musical influences, he’ll rattle off names like Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Wonder. Those artists have inspired generations of musicians, of course,...