My Sinister Birthday

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Early reviews suggest that Scott Derrickson's new movie Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, is going to ruin moviegoers' peace of mind across the country over the next several weeks.Today, the director himself admitted as much, when he responded to me on Twitter like this... … [Read more...]

Caille en Sarcophage? Hallelujah! — A Tribute to “Babette’s Feast” and Other Big-Screen Cuisine

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of Babette's Feast, my favorite food-related film, I'm revisiting this post. It was originally published, in a greatly abridged edition at Christianity Today, and then a larger version was published at Filmwell. I've brought it up to date by mentioning 2012's most scrumptious documentary...-Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the only documentary in 2012 that I've bothered to watch more than once. And I admit that this has nothing to do with artistic merit.David … [Read more...]

No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Five years ago today, No Country for Old Men played in the U.S. for the first time. The buzz had begun at the Cannes Film Festival a few months earlier, and anticipation was high.It went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, surprising some by winning over Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton; the Coens won the Best Directing award and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; and Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor.Meanwhile, my first draft of … [Read more...]

Winners of Auralia’s Fifth Anniversary Contest (Correction)

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[UPDATE: I've just been informed that, due to a strange corruption of the file in which the submissions were compiled, some of the names and toasts were mixed up. Thus, the vote-tally turned up a bad result, with the wrong name attached to one of the winning toasts. My apologies to the person who was erroneously congratulated, and to the true winner - Adam Beckmeyer - whose toast is the Second Place Winner. Fortunately for Adam, prizes have not been mailed yet, so he will receive his rewards for … [Read more...]

A Three-Star Rant About Thumbs (or, Why I Won’t “Rate” Movies)

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Have you seen the new film-review site called Letterboxd? I like it. A lot. I need a convenient online moviegoing journal, and it provides that.But most of my colleagues who are chronicling their reviews there are rating movies with stars or "likes." I just can't bring myself to start any such thing. So it's time to say again what I said at Filmwell a few years ago... I think "rating" movies does us all more harm than good.Here's how I explained that at Filmwell in April of 2009...  … [Read more...]


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