Posts Tagged ‘story’

What’s the Big Idea?

Three movies this week are dominated by men and their obsessions.
KRISTIAN LIN
George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.


The Way to Wonderland

It’s tough to bring a beloved fantasy novel to the screen, as this movie shows.
Kristian Lin
An unusual number of people have come up to me in the last month or so to tell me how marvelous they found Pan’s Labyrinth.



Potter Books

The creator of Peter Rabbit remains flat on the page in this stuffy biopic.
Kristian Lin
Remember last week when I praised Notes on a Scandal as an antidote to what I called “tea-and-crumpets” British cinema?


Off the Island

Letters From Iwo Jima is an Oscar nominee, but it falls short of the hype.
Kristian Lin
Clint Eastwood shot Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers as companion pieces.



Scent to Death

Something smells amiss in the totally insane Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Kristian Lin
Since its publication in 1985, Patrick Süskind’s German novel Das Parfum has been hailed as an instant classic.


Slavery’s Many Faces

In The Willie Lynch Letters, The Butterfly Connection examines the whip’s reach through time.
Stage
If you skipped the Rose Marine Theatre last Friday night, you missed one of the more, um, unique moments to occur in Fort Worth theater in quite a while: a sock-puppet play in which 19th-century methods of slave punishment were...



God Parents

Tiny baby Jesus, help us in our struggles with boredom as we watch The Nativity Story.
Kristian Lin
I had an epiphany while watching The Nativity Story. An angel spoke in my ear, if you wish, though I prefer to believe I came up with the thought myself.


Out of the Past

The heroes of The Fountain and Déjà Vu come unstuck in time, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
Unlike painting or sculpture, movies exist in time, a fact that we’re reminded of whenever we hurry to grab a seat before the 7:20 showing starts. The medium is also uniquely equipped to play with story time and screen time t...



Water Marks

A New Orleans writer’s collected columns document everyday life post-Katrina.
Books
By his own admission, Chris Rose spent most of the last 10 years “reveling in the frivolity of the entertainment industry.” As a columnist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, he churned out quirky copy detailing everythi...


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.