The best science fiction films are only part fiction. The characters and locales are made up, but the themes are rooted in real human emotions and problems. That’s the kind of film that Duncan Jones has made with Moon.
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Apologies to you – and to Stephen – for not getting to this earlier today. But Tuesday night I went to the Tex Avery award presentation, which honors achievement in animation. As we’ve noted, Henry Selick was this year’s winner. Selick had a great conversation with Gary Cogill, which was broken up by three clip […]
Might I recommend: Paris 36 – A theater manager tries to keep the lights up on his stage during a tumultuous period in the City of Lights. Some knockout singing from lovely newcomer Nora Arnezeder and heartfelt conviction from the manager (Gerard Jugnot) make this one a must for Francophiles. 4 p.m., NorthPark The Two […]
AFI BITS: As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I’m not the only person in this town covering AFI Dallas. And with more than 170 features and shorts, I can’t get to every one of them. So I thought I would pass along some of the good work being done on films I haven’t […]
Tonight, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival presents its Tex Avery Animation Award to a director many people may never have heard of. Yet henry Selick has already created at least two major animation landmarks — as well as an instantly recognizable style that combines the gloomy and giggly.
The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced its Cliburn Concerts lineup for 2009-2010. Seven programs, including performances by superstar Yo-Yo Ma and hypervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, will be presented in Bass Performance Hall. Three contemporary-music programs will be presented in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Bass series will open on Sept. 22 with the […]
Get the Flash Player to see this content. March ends with a bang not a whimper on the Art&Seek blog, as the newest Artist Studio Video Tour debuts with Andrew Tolentino’s converted garage in Addison. Andrew’s work is currently on view (and for sale) in Kettle Art’s Birds v. Skulls show. And on Saturday, you can […]
The opening image of Monday night’s centerpiece film, The Burning Plain, shows am Airstream-like trailer engulfed in flames in the middle of an open field. As the story unfolds, we learn who’s in that trailer, why they are there and how that fire got started. But what was it about a fire, as opposed to […]
A little later today, I’ll fill you in on last night’s centerpiece screening of The Burning Plain, the directorial debut of Babel writer Guillermo Arriaga. But until then, consider these options as you plan your AFI day: Valentino: The Last Emperor – Raves met this portrait of the famed fashion designer when it played at […]
Desdemona: A Love Story may well be the most gorgeous looking film at the AFI Film Festival. Good or bad, consciously or not, it’s one of those judgments viewers make about an independent film: Does this thing look as good as a Hollywood studio product? Thanks to cinematographer and editor Philip Roy, Desdemona doesn’t look like a Hollywood film. It looks like a beautifully crafted Hollywood film.
Yes, a beautifully crafted Hollywood film whose slowness and obviousness are likely to make a viewer pinch himself on occasion to make sure he hasn’t fallen into a coma.