The Blanton Museum of Art
"...He makes heartfelt, heart stirring, heart pumping treatises which, if they don't always seem to have pointed objectives, do always seem to have bottom lines. So, too, with JFK..."
"...In retrospect, I admire at least this about JFK: On 9/11, George W. Bush went into hiding and didn't come out until he knew he was safe..."
"...JFK Assassination Collection at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image..."
"...Regarding Eric Beck's letter about fact checkers and JFK ["Postmarks," Nov. 14]: In his second paragraph he states that JFK inherited Vietnam, and in the third paragraph he refers to the war in Indochina as the "war he started there." Which is it, Eric?..."
"...This weekend, Austin waits no longer. Through local composer Dan Welcher's JFK: The Voice of Peace, being performed by the Austin Symphony with the UT Choral Arts Society, a longstanding debt is finally being paid in Texas' state capital..."
"...Williams, Beau Starr, Caralissa Gines and Robert Davi. Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination..."
"...Elvis (Campbell) is cooling his blue suede heels here (he’s afflicted with a penile growth). So is JFK (Davis), who’s been alive and kicking since 1963, only he’s black (the CIA dyed him, you see), and no one believes he is who he says he is..."
"...Kennedy. A political assassination is both a personal tragedy for loved ones and an attack on democracy, and the anniversary of JFK's assassination is a time for reflection on that brutality..."
"...When journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman started writing the script for his JFK assassination film Parkland, he knew there was still drama in the oft-told tragedy. He said, "The movie's shocking, not because we don't know the outcome, but because the real journey of how we got there is so interesting and heroic."..."
"...Using the fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963, to frame a series of flashbacks depicting LBJ’s frustrated tenure as JFK’s VP until an assassin’s bullet promotes him to president, this earnest biopic sketchily communicates this consummate politician’s skills through little more than folksy humor and the occasional swear word, without really ever giving the genius of his ability to work both sides of the aisle its due..."
"...The broken heart and the bloodied but fiercely unbowed soul of the film rests squarely on the titular Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Even in her shock and grief she fights to secure her husband’s historical legacy, most pointedly by demanding that JFK’s coffin would rest upon a horse-drawn caisson funeral procession down Pennsylvania Avenue to Arlington National Cemetery..."
"...Certain key elements and figures (i.e., Brian Epstein) are glossed over, and the film’s U.S.-centric biases are front and center. Beatlemania is seen through the fulcrum of such events as JFK’s assassination and the escalating war in Vietnam..."
"...Take: Sen. Ted Cruz: He can't even get through a JFK tribute without that reflex...."
"...If you've got a conspiracy theory about the JFK assassination, Peter Landesman doesn't want to know. The director of Parkland wants facts, not conjecture, and knows that's not always popular..."
"...I have a very clear memory of JFK's assassination, but it's not mine. It's my mother's..."
"...Chronicle staffer Carolyn Phillips, then a student at the University of Houston, saw JFK the day before he went to Dallas...."
"...He cuts quickly from the future president’s fraternity hazing at Yale to his abbreviated courtship of a self-possessed young librarian named Laura (Banks), from his first unsuccessful foray into politics (highlighted by a wonderful but bruising debate between Bush and his opponent, Kent Hance, in the 1978 race for Texas’ 19th Congressional District where the inexperienced Republican learns a valuable lesson in the art of cutthroat politics) to his eventual rebirth as an evangelical Christian and his rise to the governorship of Texas. Had Stone stopped there and gone deeper, had he probed more subtly the Freudian angst and self-doubt of an heir apparent to a stern and disappointed father (would anyone put it past Stone to paint a sitting American president as Henry V?), had he examined more closely Bush’s political education at the feet of mastermind Karl Rove, then I might just be sitting here telling you about a new masterpiece from the man who brought us JFK and Nixon..."
"...To students of the JFK assassination, the strange life of Ruth Paine is yet another reason to insist that the truth is out there. Michael and Ruth Paine moved to Irving from southeastern Pennsylvania in 1959 because Michael went to work for Bell Helicopter, a new company in Ft..."
"...Not so Costner's outrageous Boston-baked-beans accent, which fluctuates from admirably restrained to outright silly (à la “Why'd ya pahk the cah so fah from the bah? Now we gahtta waaahk!”) whenever the actor feels he may be upstaged by the events surrounding him. It's Greenwood, though, as the beleaguered JFK, who steals the picture with a nuanced, subtle performance..."
"...From its opening frames, in which we are privy to the arrival of Jesus Christ (Donovan) and his gal Friday Magdalena (played with irrepressible panache by British indie-rock fave P.J. Harvey) at New York's JFK airport, Hartley washes the images with odd camerawork, primary colors, and staccato editing..."