Letters to Father Jacob (2009) – Guest Reviewer N.W. Douglas

[Note: This review was submitted by N.W Douglas, an undergraduate film student at Simon Fraser University. He's fired up about a film he recently discovered, and his enthusiasm has certainly put the title on my list of films to see in 2009. - Jeffrey]•A guest review by N.W. Douglas.•In the vein of Robert Bresson, Klaus Härö's Letters To Father Jacob is simple and staggering.Leila (Kaarina Hazard), an incarcerated criminal, receives an unexpected early pardon from her life se … [Read more...]

Superman Returns (2006) – guest reviewer Greg Wright

This is a guest review by Greg Wright•Has anyone but me noticed that only one letter prevents Superman Returns from being an anagram for Superman Reruns? Dan Brown is to blame for doing this to my mind.Before you think I’ve gone entirely off the deep end, though, consider this: The Da Vinci Code postulated that Jesus Christ was not the chaste, virginal young man we read about in The Children’s Bible. Yes, and Ron Howard’s film ratcheted up this daring expose, delivering hard, documen … [Read more...]

“Unwanted Witness” and “At the End of the World” — Two Guest Reviews by Kenneth R. Morefield

Here is Kenneth R. Morefield's consideration of two more features from the Toronto International Film Festival. And my must-see list just keeps on growing...Unwanted WitnessandAt The Edge of the World … [Read more...]

Jen Zug reviews “Sex and the City”

I wanted to invite a guest to review Sex and the City, since I haven't had a chance to see it yet. And, hearing general disgruntlement among most of the guys who chat about movies with me every day, I wanted to ask a woman to share her perspective. And not just any woman, but a thoughtful moviegoer whose perspective would give us some insight into what the film has to offer.So, ladies and gentlement, Jen Zug: … [Read more...]

My Kid Could Paint That (2007) – A Guest Review from Kenneth R. Morefield

Here's the final review from the Toronto International Film Festival written for Looking Closer by Ken Morefield of Campbell University. Thank you, Ken, for such thoughtful reflections on what look like very exciting films.- One of the pleasures of attending The Toronto International Film Festival is discovering new films and, perhaps, being part of the buzz that earns them a wider screening. Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary is just the sort of film that I’m glad I saw and hope to garner some att … [Read more...]

No Country for Old Men (2007) – Guest Reviewer Kenneth R. Morefield

Campbell University's Kenneth R. Morefield has just seen one of the films I'm most eager to see this autumn.Here's his review. (Thanks, Ken!)- There is a polished, poetic plainness to some of Cormac McCarthy’s prose in which his admirers might hear echoes of Flannery O’Connor but which usually leaves me exasperated. At its best, the prose can take on the quality of found poetry, intimating at deep truths that inform surface reality and invigorating tired clichés by reminding us of the se … [Read more...]

Honeydripper (2007) – A Guest Review by Kenneth R. Morefield

Here's our second report from Kenneth R. Morefield of Campbell University at the Toronto International Film Festival... and now he's got me adding yet another must-see to my already long list for the coming months. It's exciting to read that the John Sayles I know and love is still doing what he does best.- I have seen fourteen of John Sayles’s first fifteen films, most more than once, and the only one I didn’t like was his last one (“Silver City”). So it was with an odd mix of excitement an … [Read more...]

Knocked Up (2007) – Two Guest Reviews

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New Guest Reviewers

Joining such insightful reviewers as J. Robert Parks, Ron Reed, and Stef Loy, who have contributed guest reviews to Looking Closer in the past, I'm pleased to share some new reviews by Kenneth R. Morefield, Ph.D., who writes at Viewpoint. … [Read more...]

Grizzly Man, March of the Penguins, Duma (2005) – A Guest Review by J. Robert Parks

J. Robert Parks weighs in again, this time on three beastly films:It's a summer for penguins at the movie theater. The documentary March of the Penguins has become one of the biggest arthouse hits in recent years, so much so that its studio is rolling it out into almost 2000 theaters this weekend, hoping to push it into blockbuster territory. Furthermore, almost every other day someone stops me on the street and asks me if I've seen the film and what I think about it. I respond that I like … [Read more...]