About “300″… A Clarification

I have been out of line in some of my statements in relation to 300. I wrote things that made it sound like I was condemning the film. And I made some people who really liked the film uncomfortable. That wasn't my intention. And I apologize for getting so worked up about it. As a critic, I should not judge films I haven't seen. That's unprofessional. Now, technically, I haven't judged it. I would, in fact, be delighted if I were to discover that the film was meaningful and … [Read more...]

Opus on “300″, and More on Why I’m Not Getting in Line

I'm responding yet again about the movie 300 for this simple reason: I have been baited, again and again, into extremely violent or explicit films that proved to be empty... and worse, even abusive to audiences. I have been told, "You have got to see it!", and I've been promised that all of the graphic material was justified because of what it meant. "It's about fighting for freedom! It's about fighting for a higher cause!" Most of the time, I've regretted it. While a character or two might … [Read more...]

Film Forum: 300, The Ultimate Gift, The Namesake, Beyond the Gates, The Host

Oh, no. It's... Looking Closer's Film Forum! The soundtrack for this week's Film Forum is provided by The Arcade Fire's new abum Neon Bible. How do you get the soundtrack to play while you read the column? Easy. Buy Neon Bible from iTunes and start playing it. The column will be much more exciting to read if you do. Trust me. DO MOVIE CRITICS MATTER? Do movie critics matter? Absolutely not, says Brian Robbins, director of the hit comedy Norbit. Standing on top of the mountains of cash … [Read more...]


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