Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
3 New Local Frozen Treat Purveyors Will Help You Chill

3 New Local Frozen Treat Purveyors Will Help You Chill

Flavor 2014: Most of us already have our raspa stand of choice. Whether you’re going to wait in line at Las Nieves on Hildebrand—regardless of how many people may... By Jessica Elizarraras 7/29/2014
Chicken with a Cult Following at Pollos Asados

Chicken with a Cult Following at Pollos Asados

Food & Drink: It’s late on a Sunday morning, and the crowd that will soon fill Pollos Asados is just beginning to dribble in. Outside, the smoke from... By Ron Bechtol 7/30/2014
Pub: Stay Golden Social House

Pub: Stay Golden Social House

Flavor 2014: Puro meets Pearl-adjacent at this laidback joint that packs a punch with seriously delicious cocktails... 7/29/2014
\'Most Naked Woman\' Set to Shimmy at San Antonio Burlesque Festival

'Most Naked Woman' Set to Shimmy at San Antonio Burlesque Festival

Food & Drink: The answer came unanimously without prompting or hesitation, as if sent straight from the sexually liberated goddess of... By Melanie Robinson 7/30/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Screens & Tech

Good intentions can’t salvage Tyler’s Gift as cliché melodrama

Photo: , License: N/A

There's no denying the strength and courage local actor John Lambert and son Johnny must've summoned to star in the short film Tyler's Gift. This past March, Lambert's wife of nearly 15 years, Ivania, succumbed to cancer at the age of 48. In this 10-minute drama, which is directed and co-written by Rogelio Salinas III, tragedy is a major theme. While some might consider taking the role a coping mechanism, it is evident the narrative is a very personal poem to a wife, mother, and friend. Aside from that, Tyler's Gift, unfortunately, doesn't make much of an impact.

The movie centers around Connie (Rachel Salinas), a mother and wife who suffers a double devastating tragedy. In spite of some satisfactory camera work, the film's fixation on conventional images and slow-motion techniques does nothing for the heartfelt emotion Salinas tries to convey. Do we really need a scene where a stray basketball rolls across the street to know something bad has happened? Do we need to see a spilled bottle of pills to know anyone is overcome with depression? They're all cliché and ineffective ways to cut corners, as is the uninspired narration.

Tyler's Gift misses its opportunity to make its own statement on mortality. At best, it's about as proficient on the topic as a commercial for MetLife or a compassionate slide show at a wake.

Tyler's Gift

7pm Thursday, July 26
Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes
1255 SW Loop 410
(210) 677-8500

Recently in Screens & Tech
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus