Katie Kilkenny

Katie Kilkenny

associate editor @PacificStandard, member of LAOFCS

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What woman doesn't have a love-hate relationship with Western movies about male martyr figures? I finally watched Paris, Texas to commemorate the great, late Harry Dean Stanton and Sam Shepard. There was a lot to enjoy here: Stanton is reliably great as Travis, and the screenplay took its time to build to an emotional and believable resolution between son and father. All of this, though, came at the expense of the mother, Jane, a long suffering individual in the genre,…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What woman doesn't have a love-hate relationship with Western movies about male martyr figures? I finally watched Paris, Texas to commemorate the great, late Harry Dean Stanton and Sam Shepard. There was a lot to enjoy here: Stanton is reliably great as Travis, and the screenplay took its time to build to an emotional and believable resolution between son and father. All of this, though, came at the expense of the mother, Jane, a long suffering individual in the genre,…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    Like many, I left mother! with a few burning questions, the most pressing of which was: Why that second half? mother! starts off as a quiet, arthouse horror-comedy premise about an artist forcing his wife to share her marriage with his fans. The beginning of the film takes its time; the camera follows the line of vision of Jennifer Lawrence's eponymous character; and Aronofsky reminds us, again, that he is an effective director and writer of women.

    But then, the…

  • The Fountainhead

    The Fountainhead

    Many viewers will doubtless come to The Fountainhead having read Ayn Rand's book, and knowing what they are getting into. I was not one of those viewers, and so it is with fresh eyes that I once more appreciated King Vidor for his framing and camerawork; Patricia Neal for her wit and quick way of delivering lines; and despaired the leaden screenplay, penned by Ms. Rand herself.

    It's curious to think that a woman penned a story wherein a sharp…