A Pledge of Allegiance: In Search of Beauty at Good Letters

Empire of the Sun

Today, Good Letters — the blog published by Image at Patheos — posted my reflections on Empire of the Sun, a Steven Spielberg film that I love more and more as the years pass. I'm grateful for the opportunity to write about it for Good Letters, as I'm grateful for the whole four-year experience there. As I wrote earlier, I am taking a long sabbatical in order to focus on other projects. Here is an index of all of the Good Letters posts I turned in. Some of the time I offered … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies. So I've taken this first movie and expanded it into two movie reviews... … [Read more...]

Holy Motors (2012)

Holy Motors

As Holy Motors begins, a sleepwalker leans against his bedroom wall, upon which a forest is painted. Or might it be a real forest after all? The sleeper — played by filmmaker Leos Carax — moves into it, like Lucy stepping into Narnia, where he finds a strange movie theater and a catatonic audience. Here comes an ancient dog — both magnificent and menacing — stalking down the theater aisle. Perhaps he’s a portent of the death of cinema in the age of digital media. Perhaps … [Read more...]

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

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

A River Runs Through It (1992)

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"A Tale of Two Rivers" — my reflections on Robert Redford's film A River Runs Through It and the territory that it explores — are posted today at Good Letters, the blog hosted by IMAGE. … [Read more...]

Here Comes Good Letters Post #88. What Movie Should I Choose?

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I'm about to write my 88th post for the Good Letters blog, the daily blog hosted by the prestigious IMAGE, a journal of the arts and religion. It's such an honor to contribute to that beautiful, one-of-a-kind blog. Such a colorful, talented, insightful family of bloggers contribute there, often providing the best thing I'll read that day. (Take today, for example, when one of my favorite bloggers, Allison Backous Troy, wrote a heartfelt reflection on Pixar's Brave.) I can't believe they … [Read more...]

Neil Gaiman’s Girls, Part Two – MirrorMask (2005)

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2012 Update: I doubt that you'll find anybody to argue that the world lost one of its great imaginations when Jim Henson died. Since he departed, The Jim Henson Company has continued to do admirable work, but its feature films have been hit-and-miss affairs. Unfortunately, MirrorMask, the company's most wildly imaginative post-Henson release, remains fairly obscure. I didn't discover it until long after it had left theaters, and that's a shame, because it is a big-screen spectacle par … [Read more...]

Men, Step Aside.

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Lately, I've heard some complaints about the movie Brave. Some men have taken issue with the fact that the men are often the source of comic relief in the film, that their warrior-clan culture is depicted as amusing, bombastic, even buffoonish. Meanwhile, the two central characters, a mother and her daughter, are given complexity, intelligence, even reverence. Apparently, this has troubled some men. They are uncomfortable with this. Funny, I don't remember hearing them complain about films … [Read more...]

The Sound of Silence

This week at Good Letters, Tony Woodlief reflects on the silence of those who witnessed the crimes of Jerry Sandusky. Here's an excerpt: … [Read more...]

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Of Gods and Men made Steven Greydanus say that he felt like he had become a critic in order to be prepared to review that movie. I've only felt that way about a few films. Moonrise Kingdom is one of them. Here is my review, which was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image. (All of the original comments are posted there.) … [Read more...]


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