Archives for September 12, 2012

From the Wisdom of St. Cinemas, Excerpt 2: Contentious Criticism

The letters of St. Cinemas Criticus are leading me to think about the "tone of voice" in which moviegoers and film critics (myself included) discuss and review what they have seen.I was reading a review today in which the reviewer went beyond finding fault with a movie. In fact, she condemned the work because of what she found wrong with it, and could not contain her disgust. I was surprised, because other reviewers who had acknowledged similar weaknesses in the film had also spoken … [Read more...]

The Son (2004)

2012 UPDATE: Ten years ago today, Le Fils (The Son) played at the Toronto International Film Festival, sending a second wave of rave reviews around the globe. A few months earlier, the film had inspired audiences at the Cannes Film Festival; it was nominated for the Palme d'Or, won the Ecumenical Jury prize, and lead actor Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor.I saw The SonĀ at Seattle's Grand Illusion theater in 2003, and knew immediately that I had enjoyed a film that would become a personal … [Read more...]