Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014)

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There are a lot of lies in play in Whiplash (★★★★), Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated water-cooler fable about a music conservatory drummer (Miles Teller) and the sadistic instructor (J. K. Simmons) he is drawn to like a junkie jonesing for his next fix.

One mark of the film’s greatness: even after a second viewing, I am still not sure how many of those lies the film itself–or any of its characters–believe. [Read more...]

Last Temptation Turns Twenty-Five

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Whatever Scorsese’s expectations during filming—it’s worth remembering that at least one studio backed away from even making the film—he reportedly did not attend its premiere. That event, replete with security concerns so new and alien at the time but so depressingly normal today, is another reminder of the ways America has changed in the last quarter century. [Read more...]

Welcoming Andrew Spitznas to 1More Film Blog

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome Andrew Spitznas to the roster of 1More Film Blog contributors. I have known Andrew for several years, mostly through the Arts & Faith forum. We shared hotel space at the Toronto International Film Festival several years ago. I was immensely gratified when he agreed to contributed an essay [Read More...]

Queen Rock Montreal (Swimmer, 2002)

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My former drama instructor always used to say, though, that the highest praise for art was not that it engendered artistic appreciation but that it prompted personal feeling [Read more...]

Are Christian Films Judged By a Double Standard?

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Are Christian films judged by a double standard? I am going to go ahead and surprise everyone–myself included–and say “yes.” [Read more...]

Snowpiercer vs. The Giver

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I wouldn’t begrudge anyone who thinks the films Snowpiercer and The Giver have as much in common as an elephant and a plum, but I have been thinking about the two in conjunction recently. [Read more...]


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