Father-Figuring It Out: “Margaret,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and More

Margaret - poster

What does Moonrise Kingdom have in common with The Master, Sinister, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Margaret? … [Read more...]

The “Be the Man!” Problem in Beasts of the Southern Wild

I remain flummoxed as to why Beasts of the Southern Wild is garnering so much acclaim. I'd begun to feel a deep distrust of my own first impression, and considered withdrawing my review.But here, in this Nashville Scene review, Michael Sicinski gets right at what bothered me about the whole film. I don't feel so alone anymore. … [Read more...]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – A Looking Closer Film Forum

A Looking Closer Film Forum is an evolving "conversation" among critics... a "round-table" review of perspectives from critics I regularly consult as I revise my list of viewing priorities. I haven't seen the film yet, but these reviews have intrigued me.Check back from time to time, as I may add more reviews to the list.Beasts of the Southern WildJeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere): "The passionately praised Beasts of the Southern Wild ... is everything its admirers have said it i … [Read more...]


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