Two Brothers (2004)

My review of Two Brothers was originally published at Christianity Today.-There are at least ten good reasons to go see Two Brothers, especially if you take children along for the ride. It's a delightful success thanks to …1. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud. The director's "grownups-only" films have been hit-and-miss affairs (The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Enemy at the Gates, Seven Years in Tibet), but his "all-ages" films are delightful, unusual, and exemplary. In 1988, he gave us T … [Read more...]

Chattaway and Parks Review Fahrenheit 9/11

My friend and colleague Peter T. Chattaway offers his view of Fahrenheit 9/11 at CT Movies today.At the same time, my good friend, and an exemplary film critic, J. Robert Parks has turned in a review. I've posted it on the Looking Closer film page. … [Read more...]

CT Interviews the Filmmaker Behind America’s Heart and Soul

You'll get more out of this film than you will out of Fahrenheit 9/11... because, for the most part, it's true. … [Read more...]

An Instant Classic is Born?

Boasting equal parts Beatles-esque invention, Sonic Youth recklessness, and Neil Young fuzz-guitar solos, along with an invigorated passion for long instrumental diversions and some of Jeff Tweedy's most provocative lyrics, A Ghost is Born surpasses my hopes for a grand follow-up to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I sat down and listened to it at rock-concert volume last night, and discovered that Wilco is far more confident, bolder, and possessed of a more cohesive vision on this album than on … [Read more...]

My First Impression of Fahrenheit 9/11

I haven't even begun to organize my thoughts on Fahrenheit 9/11, but when I read this blog entry I found myself saying, Yep. Yep. Yep.This guy's thoughts parallel my own experience from last night's screening in Seattle, except that he was able to translate them eloquently into writing whereas it will take me a week to bring my emotions under control enough to write coherent thoughts about this film.But anyway... off the top of my head... here are some initial (and yes, emotional) … [Read more...]

Two Brothers, Two Fine French Filmmakers

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with director Patrice Leconte ("Man on the Train") and found him to be one of the most affable, enthusiastic conversationists I've encountered among movie-folk.This morning I got up at 6AM to talk with Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of the new family-friendly film "Two Brothers," as well as the acclaimed director of "The Name of the Rose," "The Bear," "The Lover," and "Enemy at the Gates." … [Read more...]

Read This Before You See Fahrenheit 9/11

We can expect conservative Republicans to attack Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11."But how about the left's most notorious editorial writer?Sit down, have a bowl of popcorn and a soda, and read this brilliant response to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." I haven't seen the film yet, but even so, this article is quite an experience. … [Read more...]

Ron Reed on the 100 Most Spiritually Significant Films

Film critic Ron Reed considers the Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films today at CT. … [Read more...]

After the Backlash: Some Support from CT Readers

After the lashings I received from Christianity Today readers for my film commentaries there over the last few months, I can only take it as a gesture of sympathy from the folks at CT that they posted these letters this week. … [Read more...]

NYTimes fact-checks Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

I'm not pro-Moore, I'm not anti-Moore. I'm pro-truth, and sometimes, Moore's offering us the truth. I won't have an opinion of Fahrenheit 9/11 until I see it and check to see if his claims are backed up by the facts... and I hope others will follow the same course. … [Read more...]