Christopher Kelly

You’d think a movie critic might relish passing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments on all the latest flicks, but for Fort Worth–based writer-at-large Christopher Kelly, that’s the least interesting part of his job. “Movies and TV and celebrities are more than entertainment,” says the Staten Island native. “I like to figure out how they relate to life and the place they take within culture.” The former film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kelly’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Film Comment, and many other publications. His debut novel, A Push and a Shove, was published by Alyson Books and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation award for Best Debut Novel. His favorite movies, in no particular order, are A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Silence of the Lambs, and Nashville.

Stories

From Screening Movies to Releasing Them

Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League starts an independent film distribution company, but can he make it work?

Did It Their Way

Austin filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner prove that Sundance still embraces their type of idiosyncratic, shoestring-budgeted work.

This Is a Robbery

Were Bonnie and Clyde just a couple of crazy kids?

Trite and True

We have met the enemy, and they are Good Christian Bitches.

Ready for Its Close-Up

The SXSW Film Festival finally starts living up to its hype.

Somebody Up There Likes Bob Byington

The Austin-based writer and director’s new film, which is premiering at the South by Southwest film festival, may soon find mainstream embrace.

Her Bust Interests

In The Client List, Jennifer Love Hewitt tries to the breast of her ability.

The Ascent of Joe Lansdale

After three-plus decades toiling in semi-obscurity, the prolific Nacogdoches-based horror fiction author is having a moment.

The Ascent of Joe Lansdale

After three-plus decades toiling in semi-obscurity, the prolific Nacogdoches-based horror fiction author is having a moment.

A Killer Role

In Killer Joe, Matthew McConaughey keeps his shirt on. For a while.

In Praise of Sissy Spacek

Why doesn’t Texas’s greatest movie actress get the respect she deserves?

From Blogging to Book Deal

Houston Chronicle blogger Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) found herself at the center of a two-day auction among twelve publishing houses for the rights to her debut memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. How did she rise from unpaid blogger to New York Times bestseller?

Return to Southfork

The new Dallas smartly pretends the nineties never happened.

The Indie Film Scene of Dallas

The city is home base for a growing community of young filmmakers, who are making their mark on the independent film scene.

Leila Meacham on Being a Septuagenarian Best-Selling Author

The San Antonio-based author of the romance novels Roses and Tumbleweeds talks about her late literary success.

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