Will Martin Scorsese Ever Give Us Some Silence?

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To be frank, I hope nobody tries to make another movie of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence.The experience of reading this novel is so harrowing, so moving, that I would prefer to have people experience the story on the page, and in their own imaginations, rather than have them spend two hours watching how someone else pictured it. Participating in this novel, and living in it for a while, by reading it... it's an incredibly personal experience.Nevertheless, I can't help but wonder what … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part Two: The Biggest Loser

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[This is Part Two of my series on the heroism of Indiana Jones. If you missed it, here's Part One.]-Perhaps it’s not so much Indy’s virtues or successes that distinguish him. Consider, instead, his failures.Has there ever been a hero so prone to failure as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Let’s review:Indy gets the golden idol from the temple, then promptly loses it to his nemesis, and never gets it back. He gets his old girlfriend back, then gives her every reason to … [Read more...]

Mystery and Message, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Art

Anne Overstreet and Jeltsje Cusveller consider a painting at the Kroller Muller Museum.

No one has taught me more about considering and making art than "Mr. D." That's Michael Demkowicz, who was my high school English teacher, and who remains a dear friend to this day. Demkowicz is a photographer, and several of his prints hang on the walls of my home. But he has also influenced what I read, how I watch movies, and how I listen to music. I'm making it an annual event to feature my favorite single article on art, an essay called "Mystery and Message" that he contributed to … [Read more...]


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