Film Forum and My Review of “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

This is collection of reviews that I found interesting and helpful. The collection will be revised as I find more notable assessments online. Feel free to submit more reviews, or even your own, in the comments below.HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMYWith his newest fantasy, Guillermo Del Toro has earned a place at the table with Jim Henson, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and Hayao Miyazaki as one of the big screen's most imaginative inventors of new worlds. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is far … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Sex and the City; Reprise; Stuck; Bigger, Stronger, Faster; Body of War; Savage Grace; The Edge of Heaven; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;

SEX AND THE CITYCourtney: Most of the few Christian voices speaking to the growing single segment of the population offer ten easy steps to find our soulmate. As if it's that wondrously simple. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, however, show how challenging it really can be for intelligent, accomplished, and admittedly neurotic women to find lasting love. They, unlike many Christians, don't insult my intelligence. Instead they speak to the complexities of relationships in a … [Read more...]

How “Prince Caspian” Botches the Meaning of the Book

Want to know if Andrew Adamson's Prince Caspian is fun and entertaining? Check out the reviews archived at Rotten Tomatoes.But if you're a fan of C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian, which is something quite different, and if you hope to see Lewis's ideas come to life on the big screen in Adamson's film, well... what follows is a collection of reviews that address that question.This collection will be updated as I find further interesting reviews on the subject. Feel free to submit more reviews, … [Read more...]

Film Forum: “The Fall”

This is collection of reviews of The Fall that found interesting.Morehead: Throughout the film, I felt like Tarsem was trying to get my attention, to get me to notice this really alluring costume, or the angle at which he shot this stunning castle wall, or how he was able to seamlessly transition from the shot of a pinned butterfly to a deserted butterfly-shaped island. Simply put, The Fall ends up drowning in its own excesses, constantly trying way too hard to wow the viewer and sweep them … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “Away from Her”

I'm eager to see Sarah Polley's directorial debut, Away from Her, because it is reported to include a brilliant performance by Julie Christie. But most of all, I want to see it for its subject. How often do filmmakers give moviegoers the privilege of deeply and carefully considering the lives and challenges of characters older than 40? Pshaw!! say the moviegoers, rushing out to keep Disturbia and Delta Farce in the top five at the box office.Oh well... Sarah Polley has never been one to … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “28 Weeks Later”

Is 28 Weeks Later just another sequel designed to cash in on the success of its predecessor, 28 Days Later? Is is just a bunch of bloody action, or is there something meaningful going on here?As a big fan of the first film -- an extremely violent film by Danny Boyle (director of Millions) that was thought-provoking and haunting -- I'm eager to see if this sets the bar even higher for zombie movies, or if it's just recklessly indulgent.I'm encouraged by the review at Crosswalk. Christian … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “Spider-Man 3″

Spider-Man 3 explores the latest chapter of Peter Parker's education in the balance of power and responsibility. In the first film, he was exhilarated by newfound talents, and learned to use them for the greater good. In Spider-Man 2, he felt the burden of responsibility, and considered tossing the mask aside and living a normal life. This time, Spider-Man's brought crime to a standstill and become the most popular celebrity in New York. But pride comes before a fall, and when you're swinging … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “Hot Fuzz”

Folks have been asking what I thought of Hot Fuzz. (In fact, when I spoke at Seattle's Chesterton Society last Thursday about the complicated questions facing Christians in the moviemaking arena, the very first question after my presentation was: "So what did you think of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead?" Long awkward silence. I blinked, stammered a bit, and shifted into fanboy mode... but it was an awkward shift.) Why haven't I bothered to write about it? Maybe it's because, while I enjoyed it, … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “Jindabyne”

Jindabyne is the first dramatic feature film I've seen in 2007 so far that has greatly impressed me. My review will be up at Christianity Today when it opens wider than the current limited release. But for those of you who have a chance to see it, make sure you do: It's riveting, complex, and deeply rewarding if you have the patience for it. I've been reading several reviews that get to the reasons for my enthusiasm. It's not as satisfying as Ray Lawrence's 2001 drama Lantana, but there is a … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: “Fracture”

Fracture Ryan Gosling. Anthony Hopkins. You would think those would be two great reasons to run out and see Fracture. And yet, the current reviews have discouraged me from rushing out to see it. See for yourself... In The National Review, Peter Suderman says it's "another plodding exercise in legal proceedings and implausibly mangled plotlines. Primal Fear and Fallen were at least diverting, but this time around, Hoblit and his writers didn’t even have the decency to learn why the genre works … [Read more...]


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