Your Favorite Wes Anderson Movie: Which One… and Why?

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Moonrise Kingdom? The Royal Tenenbaums? The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Rushmore? Which Wes Anderson movie is your favorite? And why? Are you going to take a stand for The Darjeeling Limited? Bottle Rocket? The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou? I want to know. And if you're willing to share, I might share your perspective on an upcoming podcast. Here are the details... … [Read more...]

When You Wish Upon Star Wars – Episode Seven

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It took about five minutes for this news to go from an announcement to total domination of Twitter. My hopes? … [Read more...]

A River Runs Through It (1992)

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"A Tale of Two Rivers" — my reflections on Robert Redford's film A River Runs Through It and the territory that it explores — are posted today at Good Letters, the blog hosted by IMAGE. … [Read more...]

In Which I Reveal Who I’m Voting For

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Who am I voting for? I'll tell you. But in a rather roundabout way. I have to begin by telling you about Image, the journal about the arts and religion that has changed and enriched my life in ways too great to measure. In the new issue of Image, there's an interview with Marilynne Robinson that is so inspiring I find myself slowing down and reading small pieces of it again and again. I'll share an excerpt, but proceed with caution. Marilynne Robinson is one of those writers who, as one … [Read more...]

Happy 20th Birthday to a Great American Movie

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Maybe you remember these lines. "My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things — trout as well as eternal salvation — come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy." I love these lines. I love this book. I love the first page of this book as much as the first page of anything, I think. And I love this film, which is radiant with love: Robert Redford's love of Montana and Norman Maclean, and Norman Maclean's love of … [Read more...]

Fellini’s 8 1/2, Revisited

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Today at Filmwell, a film blog (?) that lives at The Other Journal, Michael Leary and I begin an epic journey, playing Siskel and Ebert all the way through what the Sight and Sound 2012 critics poll has voted the top ten films of all time. We begin with #10... Federico Fellini's 8 1/2. In it, Leary writes... … [Read more...]

Here Comes Good Letters Post #88. What Movie Should I Choose?

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I'm about to write my 88th post for the Good Letters blog, the daily blog hosted by the prestigious IMAGE, a journal of the arts and religion. It's such an honor to contribute to that beautiful, one-of-a-kind blog. Such a colorful, talented, insightful family of bloggers contribute there, often providing the best thing I'll read that day. (Take today, for example, when one of my favorite bloggers, Allison Backous Troy, wrote a heartfelt reflection on Pixar's Brave.) I can't believe they … [Read more...]

From “Sinister” to Stephen King

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Deadline reports that Scott Derrickson, enjoying the success of his new horror film Sinister (here's my review), is moving to direct a film based on a Stephen King novella called Breathing Method. The adaptation was written by Scott Teems (That Evening Sun). What's it about? The novella was part of the 1982 King collection Different Seasons and was the only story in the volume that hasn’t yet been adapted. If focuses on an elderly physician named Dr. Emlyn McCarron who recounts an … [Read more...]

Sinister (2012)

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A word of advice: If you ever stumble onto a serial killer's personal records of his crimes, turn them over to the police. Don't keep them in your home and stay up late examining them night after night. Ellison Oswalt might have saved himself a lot of trouble had he done that. But then, if you're buying a ticket to Sinister, you've come to get the wits scared out of you. And reasonable behavior just isn't on the menu for characters in this genre. The title Sinister should tell you what … [Read more...]

Argo (2012)

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The best thing about Argo is that director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio deliver a true story so outrageous that it seems like something that could only happen in a movie. The worst thing about Argo is that is takes that already too-amazing-to-be-true story and adds a bunch of unremarkable, even familiar action-movie contrivances, which makes something we've never seen before feel increasingly familiar in spite of itself. Okay, Argo fans — I know you're enthusiastic, and prone to … [Read more...]


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