Look!: “Ivan’s Childhood”; “La Pivellina”; Steven Greydanus’s Top 10 List Collection; Joel Avery on “Melancholia” & the Apocalypse; More…

Ivans-Childhood-Criterion

Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on.-Last night, thanks to the new Criterion blu-ray release, I finally got around to watching Ivan's Childhood, the first feature film by master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.I've seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, Zerkalo (The Mirror), Solaris, and The Sacrifice enough times to count them among my favorite films, but have never managed to sit … [Read more...]

Hughes: Don’t miss Munyurangambo, "far and away the best debut I saw all year"

Darren Hughes, a moviegoer whose recommendations have led me to some memorable and profoundly inspiring films over the last few years, has just posted about another one I'm adding to my must-see list.He writes: Munyurangabo was one of my favorite films of 2007 and was far and away the best debut I saw all year. I'm really eager to see what [filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung] does next. His in-depth article about the film, which includes a conversation with the filmmaker, has just been published in … [Read more...]

For the Love of Movies That Never Played at the Mall…

In my experience of discussing movies online, few people have challenged me to dig deeper and look closer at movies than Ken Morefield.That's why I'm enthusiastic about having his as a "guest reviewer" so often at Looking Closer.So I am delighted to discover that... … [Read more...]

“Secret Sunshine”: Best Depiction of Evangelical Christianity?

Darren Hughes calls Secret Sunshine "the truest depiction of evangelical Christianity I've seen on film."Victor Morton doesn't quite agree. (You have to scroll down for his review.)And J. Robert Parks has mixed feelings about it. ...GreenCine Daily has even more reviews of the film from Toronto and from Cannes.  … [Read more...]

Darren Hughes at The San Francisco International Film Festival

Your chances of finding a great film at the multiplex are probably much slimmer than your chances of finding one at the San Francisco International Film Festival.Darren Hughes was there, and here are his summations of a few films he saw there. I'll be adding several of these to my must-see, or must-rent, list. … [Read more...]

Darren Hughes on film as "Spiritual Contemplation"

Darren Hughes is writing an essay on non-narrative filmmaking: "The Limits of Traditional Narrative Cinema as a Medium for Spiritual Contemplation" ... which he qualifies as "A Witless and Obnoxiously Literal Working Title." I can't wait to read it.Darren is one of those writers who always strikes me as being miles ahead on a journey I'm trying to make (as time allows). And yet he writes with grace, with a voice that invites readers along with him, instead of condescending to those who don't … [Read more...]

Are Movies Increasing Your “Capacity to See”?

At Long Pauses, Darren Hughes has posted a quote that I want to share with you here. (Thank you, Darren.) The main problem with narrative in film is that when you become emotionally involved, it becomes difficult to see picture as picture. Of course, the laughing and crying and suspense can be a positive element, but it's oddly nonvisual and gradually destroys your capacity to see.-- Michael Snow, speaking to Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema, Vol. 2 That's beautiful. It expresses … [Read more...]

Tracking Toronto

GreenCine Daily is providing all kinds of coverage on the Toronto International Film Festival, including some comments on The Smell of Paradise, a film that makes me uneasy just in its summary.Meanwhile, the blogging has begun in earnest at Long Pauses by Darren Hughes, who is determined not to be controlled by "blog guilt." He especially praises Sokurov's The Sun. (Great. Now, in future conversations with film buffs, we'll have to say, "The Sun.... No, S-U-N, not the Dardennes Brothers … [Read more...]

Darren Hughes on Beau Travail

Darren's elaborating on an exquistely filmed Claire Denis film, its provocative soundtrack, and one of my all-time favorite closing scenes. … [Read more...]

Au Hasard Balthazar

My favorite moviegoing experience of last year was Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar.Now, Darren Hughes at Long Pauses has given me the best news I've heard all week... … [Read more...]


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