Posts Tagged ‘story’

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...

Narrative Voice

It’s Stranger Than Fiction when your main character hears he’s going to die.
I can safely say that Stranger Than Fiction is stranger than your average movie.

Windsor Knot

The show must go on, says The Queen, an excellent account of a monarchy in crisis.
Kristian Lin
Honestly, I can’t imagine what British people must feel watching The Queen. The movie evokes the flood tide of emotions that washed over the U.K. in 1997: the surge of hope that accompanied Tony Blair’s election, the crushi...


Kristian Lin
I’m not sure why this film is called Hollywoodland. The name refers to what Hollywood was originally known as, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the movie. None of the characters even mentions the earlier name....

Homing Instinct

Kristian Lin
I’ll start with a not terribly revealing confession: I managed to get through childhood without any meaningful contact with Lassie. I never read Eric Knight’s 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home, and I never saw the 1943 Hollywood ...

Velveteen Rabbit

Kristian Lin
The Night Listener has a great story, so great that it indirectly causes the movie’s downfall. It’s based on an Armistead Maupin novel, which in turn was based on an incident that actually happened to the author. Watching t...

Gassed to Death

Chris Paine’s documentary asks Who Killed the Electric Car? I thought we knew. It was that secret society that Homer Simpson was trying to join. They even sang about it in a musical number. The movie gives you the real story,...

Night Swims

Lately, the “M” in M. Night Shyamalan has started to stand for “maddening.” Like his underappreciated previous film The Village, his current movie Lady in the Water has its share of bad moments but isn’t a bad movie s...