More 2007 Lists Worth Noting

My Netflix queue just went into cardiac arrest as I read about all kinds of new movies on the 2007-Best lists from Doug Cummings and Robert Koehler. What would I do without tour guides like them?Nate Bell separates wheat from chaff.Brandon Fibbs is impressed with many, but only one "gobsmacked" him.David Hudson still has the greatest film-lover's blog on the web, and his own list is as interesting as any I've read. (I can't wait to get into a theater to see his #1 … [Read more...]

Specials: Coppola on Great “Young Directors.” Nick Cave Raises Lazarus. Performances We Won’t See.

Coppola's Favorite Young Directors Francis Ford Coppola on his favorite "young directors": Q: With the caveat that you can't name anyone related to you, are there any young directors out there whose work feels to you like the stuff that you and your chums were making back in the day?A: I know this is gonna sound funny, but the one young director I really admire is Woody Allen, because he writes 'em, and he makes 'em, and he goes on undaunted and just does it, and every film he makes has … [Read more...]

Come Hell or High Water (Again), Terry Gilliam Will Make That La Mancha Movie

Paste reports the almost inevitable news (first noted at Empire) that Terry Gilliam is keeping the dream alive. He once was lost (in La Mancha), but he will be found. "[Producer] Jeremy Thomas is very close to getting all the pieces of paper signed from all the people who you gotta get signed," Gilliam told us. "He's been on it for a year now, and he's come the closest to getting it untangled from the legal swamp it was in. And, um, I don't see why, I donæt see anythying that's gonna stop it … [Read more...]

Casting “The Hobbit”: Who Would You Choose?

TheOneRing.net is buzzing again, now that a big-screen version of The Hobbit is a sure thing.The big question of the day: Who should be cast?They perpetuate the popular idea that Martin Freeman should play young Bilbo. Or Colin Firth. I like both ideas, but... … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s 25 Favorite Films of 2007 (With an Introduction About List-Making)

Once upon a time, I was naive enough, and arrogant enough, to post lists of "the year's best films."But now, I'm reluctant to even offer a list of recommendations. It would probably be better if I posted my Favorite Movies of 2007 in 2009 or 2015.And speaking of lists, here are a few reasons why... … [Read more...]

Seitz on Paul Thomas Anderson

Matt Zoller Seitz is still writing about There Will Be Blood. Here he is in The New York Times celebrating Paul Thomas Anderson. … [Read more...]

Monster, Wretches, "Bad People" … and Me.

Guillermo Del Toro, the new king of monster movies, is about to unleash Hellboy 2.But according to MTV.com, his mind is already busy with visions of what might be his his next big project. No, it's not The Hobbit, and no, it's not that Tarzan project he was talking about a while back.Here's a hint: For Kenneth Branagh, it was a big mistake.Can you guess?Personally, I've had this particular monster on the brain lately... … [Read more...]

Fantasy Book Critic on “Auralia’s Colors”

Fantasy Book Critic has just published thoughts on Auralia's Colors, and he's offering a free copy!Thanks to Robert Thompson for the review! Every year, whether you're talking about movies, music or books, you have what are commonly known as "hidden treasures." You know the album that never cracks Billboard's Top 200 list, the film that is forever relegated to "indie" status, the novel that can't be found in your local bookstore.For whatever reason, these releases just don't get the … [Read more...]

Morehead on “Stardust”

I always look forward to Jason Morehead's reviews. He writes when he's passionate about something, and it makes a difference.He's passionate about Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust, so I've been looking forward to his review of the film. It's taken a while for him to see it and to compose his thoughts. But, as usual, it's a passion-fueled review.For the record, my review ran at CTMovies when the film opened. … [Read more...]

What Would You Rather Do? See a Great Foreign Film, or Jump In a Volcano?

Will any conservative Christians go see 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days?Jeffrey Wells doesn't think so. Here's a clip from his blog (Wednesday) on an internationally celebrated film that has yet to show up on the radar of most Christian media sites.Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days "manages to deal with abortion without advocating any stance other than compassion," writes Times Online critic Kevin Maher. "It illustrates what happens when a woman's right to choose her biologi … [Read more...]


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