Archives for September 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 Son at Seattle's Grand Illusion theater in 2003, and knew immediately that I had enjoyed a film that would become a personal … [Read more...]

A Best-Selling Brain Scientist, a Renowned Memoirist, a Grammy-Winning Rock Star, a Legendary Book Reviewer, a Celebrated Poet, and a Fantasy Writer Walk Into a Texas Retreat Center…

Sounds like the setup for a big joke, doesn't it?In fact, it describes the 2012 Laity Lodge Writer's Retreat.Are you a writer looking for inspiration? Guidance? An unforgettable vacation in one of America's most beautiful places?You're invited to register now, so you can join me and some amazing writers at Laity Lodge in just a few weeks. Relax, unwind, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Frio River Canyon in the breathtaking Hill Country of Texas. Regardless if you are a … [Read more...]

Look! Spielberg Teases Lincoln; Clint Eastwood: Conservative?; Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare; Steven Greydanus Sings to Babies!

Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel is Called…

According to an AV Club report, the second Star Trek movie from J.J. Abrams will be called... … [Read more...]

Raise a Toast Before the Deadline! (Deadline Extended to 9 p.m.)

I forgot to post a reminder over the weekend.So I'll give you a little more time. You now you have until 9 p.m. (Seattle time) tonight to enter the Auralia's Colors 5th Anniversary contest and turn in your toast to Auralia.If you missed the initial announcement, check out the prize packages that are up for grabs in this toast-a-thon. … [Read more...]

Lost Highways: Two Big-Screen Journeys into Darkness That Drove Me From the Theater

I can't explain this: On two occasions in the last eight months, I’ve walked into Seattle’s Varsity Theater on a Tuesday night during an unexpected cloudburst and bought a ticket to a critically acclaimed motion picture, only to march right back out of the theatre about 70 minutes later.Yes, that whole description fits both situations.I cannot explain why the circumstances — the location, the night of the week, the weather — were so strangely similar. I can, however, say that my patience … [Read more...]

Five Years Ago Today, She Passed From Chronos to Kairos…

First: Today's vocabulary word... Kairos.Kairos is “That time which breaks through chronos with a shock of joy, that time we do not recognize while we are experiencing it, but only afterwards, because kairos has nothing to do with chronological time.  In kairos we are completely unselfconscious, and yet paradoxically far more real than we can ever be when we’re constantly checking our watches for chronological time.The artist at work is in kairos.  The child at play, totally thrown outsi … [Read more...]

Before Sunrise, Certified Copy, My Dinner with Andre: Who Would You Cast in a Two-Person Movie?

Before Sunrise... Before Sunset... and now, just like that, Richard Linklater has reunited Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and filmed Before Midnight.That's right. Even as some of us were still speculating as to whether this movie would actually happen, shazam! There it is!Deadline reports: … [Read more...]

Neil Gaiman’s Girls, Part Two – MirrorMask (2005)

2012 Update: I doubt that you'll find anybody to argue that the world lost one of its great imaginations when Jim Henson died. Since he departed, The Jim Henson Company has continued to do admirable work, but its feature films have been hit-and-miss affairs.Unfortunately, MirrorMask, the company's most wildly imaginative post-Henson release, remains fairly obscure. I didn't discover it until long after it had left theaters, and that's a shame, because it is a big-screen spectacle par … [Read more...]