Star Trek (2009)

Let us consider the most prominent franchises that begin with the word "Star."Star Wars and Star Trek have been famously different in their storytelling and style. Some moviegoers enjoy both of the beloved series, but I grew up hearing heated debates about which was the better sci-fi franchise. I had (still have) friends in both camps.Me? I've always been a Star Wars man. The episodic nature of Star Trek, which meant you could watch the shows in almost any order without much trouble, … [Read more...]

Earthshaking news for fantasy fans: George R. R. Martin’s “The Game of Thrones”…

Tom McCarthy, director of The Station Agent and The Visitor, is going to direct HBO's series The Game of Thrones.And it will star Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.Master Martin himself broke the news.Thanks to Beth Rambo for this link! … [Read more...]

When you watch Benjamin Button, can you forget about Brad Pitt?

During a roundtable interview with Michael Caine, I watched the actor make a tent of his fingers, furrow his brow, and ponder this question: “Is there something that you wish moviegoers and filmcritics would learn to understand about movies, something we just don’t get?”Caine's reply intrigues me. Come on over to Filmwell, and find out what he said in answer... and what that has to do with the title of this post.Also, check out these recent Filmwell entries:Mike Hertenstein, the brai … [Read more...]

In Memory of Dom Deluise…

I have fond memories of Dom Deluise for his enthusiastic opening scene in one of the most influential films of my childhood. … [Read more...]

Was It All In Her Head?

Sam Phillips is currently without a label, an intolerable circumstance.So she's releasing new songs for free on her website.There's a new track up today, available here. Okay, it's not exactly new. It was recorded in 2004, and produced by T-Bone Burnett (which is rather ironic, if you think about what was going on with Sam in 2004, and what this song seems to be about). She's played it live, but the song's never been released before.It'll only be up for a couple of weeks, so get it … [Read more...]

Still Life (2006) and Up the Yangtze (2007)

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[These reviews of Still Life and Up the Yangtze were originally published in the "Through a Screen Darkly" column at Christianity Today.]-Nothing here along the Yangtze River is what it seems.If we just look at the mountains, we'll be fine. They're breathtaking, looming green and formidable over the river's winding silver path. They flow into and out of one another like waves, shrouded in an eerie mist as if the ghosts have gathered here to rest. If we watch cruise ships drifting … [Read more...]

Times and Winds (2008)

This review was originally published at Good Letters, a blog published by Image.-Sharing cigarettes, two boys recline on a sun-baked rock high above their village. Here, close to heaven, they’re able to forget their troubles and enjoy the view.A gunshot jolts them from their reverie. Down among the technicolor trees, a hunter blasts at a bird with his rifle. He hits his mark, but then wanders off without claiming it.Bewildered, the boys descend and find the bird. Why did the h … [Read more...]

Guess Why I Love This Trailer

I'm rather excited about this.Anybody want to make a guess as to why I've watched this trailer several times? … [Read more...]

Eldorado (2008)

My review of Eldorado, a bizarre comedy from Belgian filmmaker Bouli Lanners, is published at Filmwell. … [Read more...]

Who’s the Fairest of Them All? (As Documentaries Go, Anyway…)

If I say "documentaries," most readers will probably stop reading and move on to something else.But for those of us who who are enjoying a "golden age" of documentaries, finding that they are often more engaging and rewarding than other kinds of films (Was there a better suspense-thriller last year than Man on Wire?)... here's a question: … [Read more...]


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