Neil Gaiman’s Girls, Part One – Coraline (2009)

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2012 Update: ParaNorman has opened to some enthusiastic reviews, and I'm eager to see it because it comes from LAIKA Entertainment , the same movie studio that turned Neil Gaiman's Coraline into a terrific stop-animation feature in 2009. In the three years since its release, I've grown more and more fond of Coraline; it's become one of my favorite animated films, strong work on every level.Here's my original review, which began a two-part focus at Good Letters on movies about "Neil Gaiman's … [Read more...]

The Reviews of Steven D. Greydanus

Movie critics (and this includes me) are too easily tempted into being snarky, sarcastic, and arrogant. We rush to be the first to call things "the best" this, and "the most" that, and the ___________ of the year, and the __________ to beat in 2009, and a _____________ like no other.I'm wearying more and more of critics who merely shout about what they don't like, or who pretend the authority to make claims about a film's place in history before it has even opened in theaters, even as I … [Read more...]

Specials: Winter Solstice. Undertow. Bortz scratches. Aslan talks. Hobos bite.

I'm back from a bout with the flu, and a couple of days of recovery on beautiful Whidbey Island, surrounded by sun, surf, sand, and DEER... deer everywhere.I wanted to tell you about what I saw last week BEFORE falling ill...I rented two films on DVD that had striking similarities. They were both about men trying to cope with the deaths of their wives while raising two sons.Winter Solstice was one. Wonderful, meditative, beautifully filmed, and relatively overlooked by moviegoers, … [Read more...]


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