Browser: “Penelope.” Terry Gilliam. Cinema and the City. Whit Stillman. Denby’s Oscar rant.

1. I found some time during my travels to jot down thoughts on an overlooked, underrated fantasy film -- Penelope -- and its relationship with other "Beauty and the Beast" tales.2 Someday, Charlie Kaufman will make a movie about the career of Terry Gilliam, depicting the astonishing, relentless calamities that befall the imaginative director. Everyone knows that Heath Ledger died in the middle of filming Gilliam's upcoming picture. If you've seen Lost in La Mancha, you know what I mean - … [Read more...]

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...]

V for Very Disappointing

I won't publish my review of V for Vendetta until opening day. But I will say that I managed to make it until the closing credits without walking way in boredom and disgust... but just barely.I will, however, link to one of those pages where the reviewer (David Denby of The New Yorker) is apparently somehow exempt from the industry standards. And I find myself agreeing with him. ...even if one enjoys the craft of “Vendetta,” and, viewing it as an extravagant pop myth, cuts it as much slack a … [Read more...]


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