Sometimes the best way to view the man behind the curtain is through the lens of the Fall.
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. ***Spoiler Alert*** Set with great effect to a memorably haunting Thomas Newman score, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects begins as a puzzle to be pieced together by giving the viewer a flash-forward glimpse of an apartment floor spoiled with fresh blood. The film is framed [...]
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. Confession: I love lists. I love making to-do lists, favorites lists, even grocery lists. All kinds of lists. I’m that person with a computer home screen filled with those little electronic notepad stickies–and my computer sits on a desk with various material notepad stickies [...]
“Hollywood loves a good disaster movie, but only if they can cast certain stars, ones that look and act like the majority of the Western audience they are trying to reach.”
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. This week, Image released a Top 25 Films About Marriage list as voted on by the Arts and Faith community. You can read an excellent introduction to the list written by my Filmwell colleague, Michael Leary. I am privileged to have had the opportunity [...]
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. There’s a recurring scene in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret that may recall for you memories of high school Civics (or Literature or History)–any class that fostered student interaction constituted by almost unmediated opinion-giving. If your experience is like mine, then you’ll probably remember moments of heated, [...]
“We can’t immerse ourselves in the miracles without first confronting the grim realities of our world.”
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. During a typical urgency-inducing CIA staff meeting, a leading operative named George (Mark Strong) is delivering one of his characteristically blow-hard speeches meant to incite his team of intelligence gatherers to a more precise persistence. In a memorable, if seemingly insignificant, moment, he makes [...]
All criticisms aside, let’s hope that the Force is strong with this one, and that he is able to rise to the occasion.
Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. The Hobbit (Peter Jackson) & Les Misérables (Tom Hooper) At the moment when Bilbo Baggins answers the door to his Hobbit-hole home to unexpectedly find a Dwarf inviting himself in as if summoned, followed by all that ensues in that sequence of scenes [...]