Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

Shrek (2001)

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Anthony Lane at The New Yorker and Eric Metaxas at Books and Culture — these men are admirable and thoughtful critics. And both of them are upset about Dreamworks' new animated movie. They  think Shrek is trying to teach us that we don't need fairy tales.With all due respect to writers whose work I have admired, I'm a little surprised that they're missing the actual target of Shrek's snarky and irreverent story.Let's start at the beginning: Shrek is a somewhat subversive fairy tale about … [Read more...]

The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane on Nick Cave’s "The Proposition"

Anthony Lane: ... “The Proposition,” in its morality as well as in its geography, is not just basic but Biblical. Directed by John Hillcoat, it shows humanity striving for a New Testament way of life with a Cain-and-Abel drama on the doorstep. … [Read more...]

Specials: Gillian Welch! Kieslowski’s Veronique! The Simpsons!

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Specials: "Bourne 3… 3 as the Wind…" Plus: Indy 4, Jurassic 4, "Capote" beats "Brokeback." Praising "The New World."

Monday is Sequel News Day!"BOURNE THREE... THREE AS THE WIND..." For updates on The Bourne Ultimatum, Indy 4, and Jurassic Park 4, click here. (Looks like Jason Bourne may have a new main squeeze. And no, it's not Ben Affleck.)NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS DOESN'T GO BROKEBACK The NSFC names Capote as Best Picture!5 C's in a row! CHICAGO CRITICS CROWN CRASH, CACHE A good day for Crash and Cache... but not Johnny Cash."THE MOST MOVING AMERICAN [FILM] IN THE FIFTEEN YEARS … [Read more...]

Revenge of the Sith reviews!

My review of Star Wars, Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will be posted on Wednesday. There'll be a long version at CT Movies, and a MUCH more comprehensive version up at Looking Closer. … [Read more...]

Anthony Lane on "Sin City"

Here's The New Yorker's Anthony Lane on Sin City, clever as always: “We have, it is clear, reached the lively dead end of a process that was initiated by a fretful Martin Scorsese and inflamed, with less embarrassed glee, by Tarantino: the process of knowing everything about violence and nothing about suffering."“Needless to say, a short course in movie history would teach them that graphic novels themselves are soaked to the bone in a style that was brought to refinement by film noi … [Read more...]

Read This Before You See Fahrenheit 9/11

We can expect conservative Republicans to attack Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11."But how about the left's most notorious editorial writer?Sit down, have a bowl of popcorn and a soda, and read this brilliant response to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." I haven't seen the film yet, but even so, this article is quite an experience. … [Read more...]

Move Review Quote of the Week: The Day After Tomorrow

The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, describing what happened in the theatre halfway through The Day After Tomorrow... … [Read more...]


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