Posts Tagged ‘story’

Amphibian Production

KRISTIAN LIN
Traditional hand-drawn animation has been out of fashion for much of this decade. Most of Hollywood followed Pixar’s lead years ago and went to computers for their animated family movies. Now the novelty value of that has...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Armored (PG-13) Nimród Antal (Vacancy) directs this thriller about an armored truck security guard (Columbus Short) who sabotages his co-workers’ plan to steal $42 million. Also with Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dil...



Carrying the Flame

DAN MCGRAW
Unlike seemingly everybody else, I don’t know any famous actors. However, I do have personal ties to a character from a new Danish biopic who was famous, wasn’t, and now because of the movie is famous again.


Round Ones

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Was it really seven years ago — an eon in restaurant years — that my oldest daughter had her wedding reception in the very same room as Chubby’s Burger Shack? (It was called something else back then.) One cons...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) Werner Herzog’s remake of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film stars Nicolas Cage as a drug-addicted cop trying to solve the murders of five Senegalese immigrants in post-Ka...


Studying Fire While Rome Burns

Static
“I woke up in a puddle of my vomit … I might have stopped breathing … I might have been slipping into a coma … I might have actually temporarily died. I can’t say for sure.”



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Antichrist (NR) Lars von Trier’s horror film stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple who descend into madness while vacationing at a secluded cabin in the woods. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Messe...


Protection Scheme

KRISTIAN LIN
Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just about every character in The Blind Side, including the heroes of the story, ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (R) Troy Duffy’s sequel to his 1999 cult thriller stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as brothers and former hit men who return to Boston to clear their names after...


Don’t Rock the Boat

KRISTIAN LIN
The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...