Why I’m Not Doing the Zero-Gravity Dance Over Inception

My review of Inception is a two-parter, and it goes up on Good Letters, the Image blog, today and tomorrow. Here's Part One.Basically, Part One is about why I think it's interesting but ultimately disappointing.Oh, but there are some very cool things in Inception. For example, turn on your speakers and check this out... … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Here is a two-part conversation about The Secret of Kells, published in the Good Letters blog at Image journal: Part One and Part Two … [Read more...]

MINE (2009)

This review was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image.-As I’m writing this, my magnificent mutt of a cat—Jonathan Mardukas—is purring like he’s never been happier.Mardukas (or “The Duke”) does this when he knows I’m not feeling well, or when he’s feeling neglected.This time, he’s climbed onto my chest so he can stand between me and my laptop. Big, black, and beautiful, he’s overpowering my protests.His timing is uncanny. I’m trying to write about a mov … [Read more...]

If Only…

“I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”- Henry David Thoreau... to which I respond, "SHUT. UP." … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Guide to the Films of Jim Jarmusch

I've meant to write about the films of Jim Jarmusch for a long time. … [Read more...]

“The Wolfman and Breaking News”

Okay, so the majority rules that The Wolf Man is a miserable failure of a film.Me? … [Read more...]

Police, Adjective… Review, Adjectives

My review of Police, Adjective is posted at Image. Here's how it starts. … [Read more...]

Is This the Year’s Best Christmas Film?

That's my question in my latest article at Image's Good Letters blog. … [Read more...]

Avatar (2009)

This review of Avatar was originally published at Image. Also recommended: Steven Greydanus's review at Decent Films.-If you didn’t have one, you had a friend who did: The Big Toybox.You know the one I mean: A wooden crate like the Ark of the Covenant, full of mystery and revelation. Opened and overturned, it set loose a tidal wave of miscellaneous pieces from a hundred different worlds spilled across the floor. Building blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys, adventure sets, action figures, pie … [Read more...]

A Serious Man (2009)

This review was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image.-There’s an envelope full of cash on Larry Gopnik’s desk.He didn’t put it there. But he can guess who did. A student in Larry’s physics class has been begging him for a good grade. This money looks like a bribe. Nevertheless, when Larry goes seeking a confession, he’s given a confounding answer....“Accept the mystery!”Larry is a play-by-the-rules kind of guy. He cares about precise measurements; he … [Read more...]


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