Trailer Mix: Which Trailer Works for You?


Okay, moviegoers... today's questions are: Which trailer is most effective? Which one makes you say, "I'm going to see that!" And why? … [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Magic in the Moonlight, The Insider, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Mood Indigo

Magic in the Moonlight

Here are clips from a few intriguing things I've overheard at the movies this week, regarding Woody Allen's new movie; my favorite Michael Mann film; Disney's latest talking-vehicle adventure; and the latest fantasy from Eternal Sunshine's Michel Gondry... … [Read more...]

The Prince of Egypt Returns…


Didja hear? Disney's asked the writer of Transformers to pen the script for a live-action version of... Dumbo. Seems to be the thing to do now: Turn animated classics into live-action versions that nobody wants.Along the same lines, remember Dreamworks' animated epic The Prince of Egypt? Well... doesn't this look an awful lot a live-action version of that? (Here's a better high-rez version of  the trailer.)Yes, Ridley Scott — director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Kingdom … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Bargain: Auralia’s Colors is Less Than $5 at Amazon


Are you ready to go back... to the Expanse?Do you remember the colorless city called House Abascar?Do you recall the mischievous artist who emerged from the woods, revealing colors no one had ever seen before?Did you glimpse that shadowy behemoth that lives beneath the surface of Deep Lake? … [Read more...]

Five Years Later: Pixar’s Up Remains an Achievem- … SQUIRREL!


This summer is the fifth anniversary of the theatrical release of Up, and it is standing the test of time as one of Pixar's greats. If it weren't for the "dogfighting" at the end, which took things a bit too far for me (talking dogs — okay, I'll go there, but talking dogs that fly airplanes?), I'd be tempted to call it a masterpiece.Here's my original commentary on the film, which was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image, on July 24, 2009. … [Read more...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

Derrickson and Greydanus

I love it when people I love interview people I love. … [Read more...]

Viewer Discussion Advised! 12 Steps to More Rewarding Moviegoing


Well, the secret is out.I've been hosting a secret church-basement movie club. It's controversial. It's lively. It's unpredictable. It's populated by a wide range of people, from film students to casual moviegoers to people who are extremely suspicious about movies. And... … [Read more...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant – Contestant 2: Ewa


I've been searching the cinema of 2014 for beautiful women.I don't mean fashion models. I'm looking for female characters who manifest true beauty rather than the superficial sort celebrated by pop culture and Hollywood. And I'm not looking for supporting characters — I want central characters. Surprisingly, I've found several impressive new movies that deliver just that. In this "beauty pageant," I first focused on the lead character of Pawel Pawlikowski's film Ida.Here's another — Ewa, … [Read more...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant — Contestant 1: Ida

Ida 3

"Mirror, mirror, on the wall... who's the fairest of them all?"In the famous fairy tale, that's what the vain and wicked queen asks her own reflection. Nevertheless, when it comes to the women of pop culture, that seems to be the question that American moviegoers can't stop asking. The more I watch the ways in which actresses become household names — making themselves a more popular subject than their characters — the more I see similarities between the Celebrity Factory and the lurid mat … [Read more...]

You’re Not a Sexist Moviegoer. Or… Are You?

Trinity the Matrix

We're about halfway through 2014, and as I look at the Top 20 Box Office hits so far, something troubles me. Where are the substantial, meaningful leading roles for women? … [Read more...]