Archives for July 20, 2011

True Grit (2010)

Pieces of this review were originally published in Image and Response.-The Coen Brothers’ first Western gives us three important stories to consider.The first is the story of what happens when a young justice seeker, Mattie Ross, hires the ruthless manhunter Rooster Cogburn to track down the vigilante who shot and killed her father. It’s a compelling story. Can 14-year-old Mattie make a journey into the violent, lawless wilderness and achieve justice without losing her soul, her inn … [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 (2010)

This review was originally published in an abridged version at Good Letters, the blog for Image.-Fifteen years ago, I approached Toy Story with skepticism. A full-length feature animated on computers? I feared it would look fake and robotic, a poor substitute for the hand-drawn brilliance of Disney classics.But Toy Story won me over in its first five minutes. It had colorful characters, an adventurous spirit, and a big, warm, thrumming heart. It entertained kids and their parents … [Read more...]