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

Gossip Boys

Boy toys will be boy toys.

Minor Movie Star

The Jessica Simpson oeuvre.

I Wish I Knew How To Depict You

The gay cliché.

American Booty

Alan Ball’s near-great teen sex flick.

Porn Yesterday

A porn classic turns thirty.

Frozen Asset

The best sitcom you may never get to see.

Urbane Cowboy

Julian Schnabel’s metrosexual Texanness.

Bombing Iraq

Hollywood loses the Iraq war.

Action Heroes

Action Heroes 2008.

All Your Movie Are Belong to Us

Geeks from Austin will destroy American cinema.

Sorry, Charlie

Charlie Wilson’s warts.

Crude Truth

Paul Thomas Anderson drills a dry hole.

Blood Brothers

The Coen brothers do Cormac.

Blood Brothers

The Coen brothers do Cormac.

Fatally Hip

Hip-checking Wes Anderson.

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