It's hard to find a consensus No. 1 movie of 2018. The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (of which The Big Screen is a part) picked "A Star Is Born." The Big Screen went with "You Were Never Really Here" (Chris) and "The Favourite" (Stephen). And everything from "Roma" to "If Beale Street Could Talk" to "Black Panther" has topped other lists. So with that, here's our picks. Check out Dallas Morning News culture critic Chris Vognar's top movies of 2018. And find Stephen Becker's here.
“Roma,” the new film from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, takes its title from the Mexico City neighborhood in which it is set. It’s a part of town Alfredo Corchado knows well as the Mexico correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. This week he joins us for a conversation about how the film captures a slice of Mexican life.
In 2014 a white, Methodist minister set himself on fire as a protest against racism in his home town of Grand Saline, about an hour east of Dallas. This week, we talk with Joel Fendelman, the director of a new documentary about the incident and how it's forced the town to reconcile its past and present.
"Man on Fire" begins streaming on PBS.org on Tuesday and will air on KERA-TV in January.
It’s been three years since a traffic stop in Waller County, Texas, erupted into a physical confrontation between a white officer and black motorist and ended with her death while in custody. This week, we talk about a new documentary that tells the story of Sandra Bland’s death and her family’s search for justice.
"Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland" is currently airing on HBO.
In “Boy Erased,” a young, gay man is forced by his deeply religious parents into what’s known as conversion therapy. Growing up in Oklahoma, Curtis Smith went through years of similar therapy before he was able to accept who he is. And today, he's pastor of Trinity Metropolitan Community Church in Grand Prairie, which serves the LGBT community. This week, Smith joins us to talk about how "Boy Erased" handles a practice that leaves some scarred for life.
In a new documentary, seven veterans mostly from Texas detail their experiences in Vietnam - from the draft to boot camp, battle and back home. This week, we talk with the editor of "The Mark of War," who searched through thousands of hours of footage from the war to tell a personal story of people who served. Humanities Texas hosts a free screening of the film Thursday night at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.
The Lone Star Film Festival begins five days of films Wednesday in Fort Worth. And Gregory Beck is going to be busy. The Fort Worth director has not one but TWO shorts in the fest. His documentary "Buck 'Em" tells the story of a North Texas bullrider making a living on the rodeo circuit. And his narrative film "You're Served" centers on a process server with a unique sense of humor. Plan your festival going and report back on what you see.
In the film “1985,” a young man returns home for the holidays burdened with how he’ll tell his family that he’s dying of AIDS. It’s the latest from Austin resident and former North Texas director Yen Tan, who talks with us about how a story set in the past can inform the present. The film previously played at SXSW and the Dallas International Film Festival in the spring and opens at the Texas Theatre on Friday.
When we watch horror movies, it’s the creepy music that sets us up for the big scares. So it’s notable that one of the original horror movies -- 1931’s “Frankenstein” – doesn’t have any music at all. That changes next week when the Dallas Winds perform a newly conceived score alongside the film. This week we talk about how music works to put us on edge with Jerry Junkin, who will conduct the score.
Oct. 17-21, Moviegoers in Fort Worth will get an early look at some films that will soon be vying for Oscars. This week, we preview Modern Cinema, which runs through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Joining us is Christopher Kelly, the former Fort Worth Star-Telegram movie critic who curated the lineup.
Robert Redford has said that his new movie, “The Old Man and the Gun,” will be his last. And if that’s true, it means a Dallas director will guide his final performance (which is getting great reviews, BTW). This week, we talk about the experience with the film’s director, David Lowery.
Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O’Rourke are in the home stretch in their campaign for the U.S. Senate. And while many Texans have their minds made up, a new documentary is taking a nonpartisan look at the race to educate the undecided. This week, we talk with Steve Mims, director of "Run Like the Devil," which screens Oct. 12 as part of Docufest.
In the past few weeks, Dallas Sonnier pulled off an impressive feat by bringing his film "Dragged Across Concrete" to the Venice Film Festival and then turning around a week later and taking "The Standoff at Sparrow Creek" to the Toronto International Film Festival. The producer joins us to talk about sharing those films with the world - and about basing his production company, Cinestate, here in North Texas.
From “Singin’ in the Rain” to “Saturday Night Fever,” "Dirty Dancing" and “La La Land,” dance has made its way into countless Hollywood classics. An event this weekend celebrates how these two art forms complement one another, which we talk about with Danielle Georgiou, whose short film and choreography will be featured.
Artist Frank Reaugh lived and worked in Dallas through the first half of the 20th Century. And his pictures of longhorn steers roaming the landscape helped to define Texas at the time. This week, we talk about Reaugh’s legacy, the subject of the documentary “Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.” It airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. on KERA-TV as part of the new season of Frame of Mind, curated by Bart Weiss, who joins us for the conversation.
For the last decade, Josephine Decker has made the festival circuit with her short films and documentaries (we first talked with her at SXSW way back in 2009). And now, with her third feature - called “Madeline’s Madeline,” she’s getting the attention of major critics and earning raves in the process. This week, we talk with the Highland Park native about her big break - and about her next project starring Elizabeth Moss.
Blaze Foley is a name only diehard music lovers are familiar with. But if you’re a fan of Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt or John Prine, you’re a fan of Foley’s. A new movie about the Austin singer-songwriter’s life opens this weekend, and we sat down with its writer, director and native Texan, Ethan Hawke to talk about it.
Appalachia is seen as one of the keys to President Trump’s 2016 victories. And since then, scholars and historians have turned their attention to the often overlooked region. Appalachia and the stereotypes about it are explored in a new documentary called "Hillbilly" playing the Women Texas Film Festival, and this week, we talk with Justina Walford, the fest's artistic director.
"Hillbilly" screens Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley and will be followed by a Q&A with director Ashley York.
In the “Never Goin’ Back,” a pair of hard-partying teenage girls dream of hitting the beach. Instead, their lives are consumed with keeping their heads above water as they struggle to make rent. The film has made the rounds on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance before slots at SXSW and the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It's collected some nice reviews along the way. And now, it's finally out. This week, we talk with Augustine Frizzell, its Dallas-based director, about telling a story she once lived.
Guitar players the world over idolize Stevie Ray Vaughan. But the guitar player he idolized was his big brother, Jimmie. The Oak Cliff natives are the subject of a new documentary called "From Nowhere: The Story of the Vaughan Brothers," and this week we talk with director Kirby Warnock, who covered the duo from their earliest days through their rise to fame. His film screens Thursday and Friday night at the Texas Theatre, just blocks from where they grew up.
Santos Rodriguez was just 12 years old when he was murdered in the backseat of a Dallas Police car. A new documentary called "Santos Vive" marks the 45 anniversary of that day, and this week we talk with its director, Byron Hunter. For more on efforts to memorialize Santos, take a listen to KERA's Stella Chavez's report from earlier this week.
Every year, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas shows selections from Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. This year’s festival looks beyond those traditional hotbeds, by including a movie from Kashmir. We preview this year's event, which also includes the repertory favorites "Tokyo Drifter and "Yi Yi."
“Broadcast News” earned 7 Oscar nominations for its portrayal of the inner-workings of a television newsroom. The movie is part of a local series that looks at how the media is portrayed on screen, and this week we talk about how “Broadcast News” is one of the few that gets it right.
The Houston Chronicle has published a new list of the greatest Texas movies of all time. And if you were expecting, say, “Giant” or “The Last Picture Show” at the top … you’re in for a surprise. This week, we look at the list with one of the critics who put it together.
The Nigerian film industry – known as Nollywood – is the established hub of the African film world. This weekend, though, North Texas audiences will get a chance to see movies made in Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and other countries across the continent. This week, we preview the African Film Festival.