Three quick notes before I close up shop here at 1 a.m. ... I had a chat with Fantasy Debut's Tia Nevitt about Auralia's Colors this week, which you're welcome to read. She asked thoughtful questions. (A while back, she finished reading the book and posted her thoughts.) Adam Walter, one of my favorite bloggers, just posted some wonderful observations on my favorite comedy of 2007: Lars and the Real Girl. He also noted Ebert's response (but warns of spoilers). P.S. Don't miss McSweeny's … [Read more...]
The most interesting thing I read all day was Adam Walter's post on the difference between "disturbing" films and "scary" films. He ends up talking about the effect of violence in art, and quoting a lot of Flannery O'Connor, which is always a good thing. Nice work, Adam. Really interesting stuff. And way to go, Nate Bell, for making Adam think and blog. … [Read more...]
Defending Bubble. What to do when friends disagree over movies? Jessica Poundstone wrote in to take issue with Adam Walter's assessment of Soderbergh's Bubble: The real reason I'm commenting is that I think Bubble deserves a much more careful viewing than Mr. Walter has given it. I'm not saying it's one of Soderburgh's very best, but I thought the film was a fascinating attempt to make a movie via a method (using non-actors, filming in their own town using elements of their real lives) that … [Read more...]
NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]
Wow. I... Wow. I am punishing myself today for not seeing MirrorMask in the theater. I sat down to watch this last night because I was tired and wanted something that wouldn't demand too much attention... something that would, basically, take my mind off of the busy day and help me shift gears toward sleeping. I wasn't prepared to see something that would send me running back to revise my Best of 2005 list. I should have trusted the Jim Henson Company... this is an addition to … [Read more...]
Specials: Rosenbaum on "Three Burials." Walter on "Crash." And the sequel we’ve all been waiting for.
Monday specials: "A QUIRKY COWBOY MASTERPIECE" Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. There are elements in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that I tend to distrust when they crop up in other movies. There's the theme of redemption, which can all too easily lead to a Hollywood cop-out, even (or maybe especially) when it's tied to some notion of religious transcendence. There's the taken-for-granted dysfunctional … [Read more...]
Specials: Sundance review. Walter’s "New World" rave. "Lost" money. DaVinci debut. X3 pic. New mom Jessica Poundstone. And Seahawks.
Monday specials: SUNDANCE ME TO THE END OF MEDIOCRE FILMS GreenCine coverage of the Sundance Film Festival is almost too expansive to comprehend. So many movies, so many reviews. From a review of Thank You for Smoking that calls it "I Heart Huckabees For Dummies," to a review of the intriguingly titled A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, to a review of Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man ... they're all over it. NEW WORLD'S NEW RAVE Adam Walter joins me and the rest who were swept away by … [Read more...]
Walter rants. So anyway, yes, I finally got out and saw Narnia. What a waste of time. It's one of the few really boring films of 2005. It's hard to say all of what went wrong--I don't have the time or enthusiasm to compile such a list, frankly. For some reason, the filmmakers felt a need to deviate from Lewis' story on a multitude of details regarding plot, dialogue, setting, character & motivation. Nearly every scene loses its way in a muddle of unnecessary confusion. This was as much a … [Read more...]
Wednesday specials: THIS YEAR'S DEMILLE Lecter will get some lovin'. DOES ASLAN HAVE A THEME? Listen to clips from the first Narnia soundtrack here! WALTER SEZ: GO SHOPPING! After stirring things up with his controversial post about Wendell Berry, now Adam Walter's stirring a different pot... he really liked Shopgirl! IMAGE ANTHOLOGIZED CONGRATULATIONS to Greg Wolfe and Image journal! You'll find the following news in their new Image Update. Every year, Image is proud to publish … [Read more...]
Thanks to Adam Walter for discovering news about the next project from Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco)... Jane Austen's Winchester Races! Walter also links to The Wall Street Journal's review of the new novel by Mark Helprin. Because of these fine discoveries, I'll show mercy to Mr. Walter and skip mentioning that I ever saw him carrying a stack of the Left Behind novels around. (Okay, he works at a bookstore. He was just shelving them.) … [Read more...]