The Illusionist (2010) – a guest review by Kenneth Morefield

I'm grateful for this guest review submitted by Kenneth Morefield from the Toronto International Film Festival. Morefield has generously contributed reviews to this site from previous festivals, and I'm glad he thought of including LookingCloser.org in his coverage.Here, he writes about one of the films I'm eager to see for myself: The Illusionist... … [Read more...]

Winter’s Bone (2010)

My review of Winter's Bone is up at ImageJournal.org, in their daily blog called Good Letters. … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2006)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about conscience, … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2005)

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[This review was originally published at Christianity Today.]-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about … [Read more...]

Inception (2010)

My review of Inception is published in two parts at Good Letters, the Image blog.Here's Part One.And here's Part Two.  … [Read more...]

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

My review of Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is published on the site for Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. … [Read more...]

Fight Club (1999)

UPDATE 2010: Looking back at my original review for Fight Club, I find my feelings haven't changed about it... except in one significant way. The conclusion of the film is much, much more disheartening. It portrays a calamity that, at the time of the film's release, seemed over-the-top and incredibly bleak. Apocalyptic, even. Well, a couple of years after the film came out, we came to know calamity just like that. And so, what was once a sort of absurd comedy is now a very real scar on the … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Here is a two-part conversation about The Secret of Kells, published in the Good Letters blog at Image journal: Part One and Part Two … [Read more...]

Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2010)

My two-part review of Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky has been published at Image journal's blog Good Letters.Part One. Part Two. … [Read more...]

Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation.-Here’s the pitch:Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie A … [Read more...]


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