The most revolting movie commercial I’ve seen.

"Bones" is a TV show I rather enjoy for the clever banter, the amusing actors, the slick effects, and the humor, But last night's episode was sickening. … [Read more...]

Up in the Air (2009) – Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I'm not allowed to post my review of this film before its release date, due to studio policies.So I'll wait. In the meantime, here are some reviews that have been online for a while now...1. Amiable and innocuous, Up in the Air offers a disingenuously smooth flight over choppy waters and rugged terrain. ... Up in the Air is neither funny enough to be a straight comedy nor serious enough to be a telling drama about the human toll wrought by economic crisis. Instead, the film is merely a … [Read more...]

Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman: Together again.

My heart rate is elevated, and I'm typing as fast as I can.My favorite American filmmaker is working with one of my favorite American actors, and the film looks like just the thing to stir up an exciting conversation. … [Read more...]

A Serious Man (2009)

This review was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image.-There’s an envelope full of cash on Larry Gopnik’s desk.He didn’t put it there. But he can guess who did. A student in Larry’s physics class has been begging him for a good grade. This money looks like a bribe. Nevertheless, when Larry goes seeking a confession, he’s given a confounding answer....“Accept the mystery!”Larry is a play-by-the-rules kind of guy. He cares about precise measurements; he … [Read more...]

Five Auralia’s Colors Confessions: “The Merchant’s Daughter”

Run for your lives! It's...The Top 5 Confessions about Auralia's Colors, Chapter 4 - The Merchant's Daughter … [Read more...]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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2009 UPDATE: It's been more than five years since I wrote this review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and my appreciation for this film has only deepened since then. It went on to become quite an important film to many of my colleagues, so important, in fact, that when the team of a dozen or so film critics at Christianity Today voted on the films that were most important to them in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind took the #1 spot on the list. Remarkable, considering how … [Read more...]

Five “Auralia’s Colors” Confessions: A Basket of Blue Stones

Ready or not, it's...The Top 5 Confessions about Auralia's Colors, Chapter 3 - A Basket of Blue Stones … [Read more...]

November 24th Will Forever Be Known as The Day The Muppets Sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” … [Read more...]

Brett McCracken Interviews the Director of “The Road”

Christianity Today has posted Brett McCracken's interview with John Hillcoat about directing The Road. Here's an interesting excerpt: … [Read more...]

“The Road”: A Meaningful Nightmare

My review of John Hillcoat's film The Road is still in progress, but I've written an article about the story, how people respond to it... and how such dark, troubling visions like this one can be meaningful and even—dare I say it?—redemptive. … [Read more...]