Climbing “Raven’s Ladder”

My birthday was a month ago, but a bunch of gifts have arrived in November... thoughtful comments from a few readers who have read Raven's Ladder. And I'm grateful.Here's what they're saying... … [Read more...]

Is Having a Film Festival?

No, not quite.But the truth is even better. … [Read more...]

Hoop Dreams: Why the Academy Snubbed It

At long last, we know the story about why one of the great American documentaries was kicked to the curb by the Academy. Here's the story. … [Read more...]

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)


This review was originally published at the Image blog, Good Letters.-By the time Max shouted “Let the wild rumpus start!” on opening day ofWhere the Wild Things Are, a rumpus was already raging among the film’s critics.Reviewers have been roaring and beating their chests in debate. Were director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers faithful enough to author Maurice Sendak’s lavishly illustrated pages? Should they be treated like kings? Or sent to their rooms without dinner? … [Read more...]

Moviegoers Who Stare at So-So Comedies

Meh.Or better... meh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh.The Men Who Stare At Goats is... amusing. Not much more than that. … [Read more...]

An Invitation to a Celebration

I have a special invitation for film-lovers... … [Read more...]

Guillermo Del Toro’s Hints About “The Hobbit”

TotalFilm has a revealing interview with Guillermo Del Toro about his two upcoming Hobbit movies. … [Read more...]

Criterion’s Wings of Desire: My Favorite Movie Gets Its Ideal Treatment

The best way to see Wings of Desire is on a very big screen. But it's also important to see a print that delivers its extravagant imagery without distortion or damage. Thanks to The Criterion Collection, a pristine version is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.My revised review of the film is here. … [Read more...]

“Raven’s Ladder”: Somebody’s Starting Rumors

Uh oh.Now I'm getting notes in my email that a copy of Raven's Ladder has slipped out of the publisher's hands. And somebody's read it. And they're spreading around reports like this one and this one. How delightful... I mean, how premature! … [Read more...]

The Blue Raft on Cyndere’s Midnight

Many thanks to the folks at The Blue Raft for their encouraging words about Cyndere's Midnight. … [Read more...]