Archives for November 2010

Trash Transformed

Okay, so if I tell you that Waste Land is a movie about the world's largest landfill, you probably won't want to see it.What if I tell you it's about extraordinary works of art made from stuff that was taken from the world's largest landfill?No?What If I told you it's such an inspiring documentary, I watched it twice in one week? … [Read more...]

Waste Land (2010)

My review of Waste Land, one of the most inspiring films I've seen this year, is up at Image. … [Read more...]

Big Letdown

Can you guess what my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, is writing about here? Too much feels haphazard. Stuff happens, and later other stuff happens, and in between there’s a lot of moody standing around and angst and stuff. There’s very little action or spectacle — a couple of chase scenes, a couple of showdowns, and not much more. What’s more, where the first chase involves seven parallel chases, the story only follows [its central character] — which means that [a] major supporting char … [Read more...]

Really, MPAA?

Before I start describing the MPAA with language they would consider inappropriate, I'll just hand the microphone over to Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, whose film Blue Valentine was just rated NC-17.Why was it given that rating? … [Read more...]

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

[November 2010 Update: It's been almost a decade since we turned the page on our calendars to 2001. And yet, Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, still feels prophetic. So I'm digging up my review of that re-release and posting it again, and I'll include this - an article that appeared just today on Kottke called "Kubrick Explains 2001."] -(Warning: This review is offered with the assumption that readers have seen this film. No attempt has been made to avoid plot … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Christmas Gift Recommendations: A Kingdom Far and Clear

Looking for a great fantasy book to give for Christmas?Here's an idea: Mark Helprin's glorious "Swan Lake" trilogy is being republished in one volume - A Kingdom Far and Clear - with beautiful illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg. … [Read more...]

Twilight redux

Good grief.Looks like Catherine Hardwicke isn't coping well with having the Twilight franchise taken away from her. She's gone out and made a copy. Check it out... … [Read more...]

The Porpoise-Driven Life

Has there been a better news story in November than this one? … [Read more...]

Stone (2010)

My thoughts on John Curran's film Stone are up at Image's blog, Good Letters.  … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Podcast on the Election… I Mean, on Zombies and Vampires

“Oh the Horrors!"What's the best way to regain perspective after election-week madness? … [Read more...]