I’m Not There (2007)

This review of I'm Not There was originally published at Christianity Today Movies.-If you want to inspire a challenging discussion about art and culture, try this: Watch Martin Scorsese's excellent 2006 documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and discuss it. Then, reconvene a week later for a viewing of Todd Haynes' surreal new movie I'm Not There. Their differing, complimentary portraits of Bob Dylan will give you so much material to ponder and discuss, you won't know where to … [Read more...]

What Was It You Wanted?

¬†Jean Bethke Elshtain, in Books and Culture, contemplates Todd Haynes' film about Bob Dylan -- I'm Not There -- and Andrew Dominick's film about a different, but similarly enigmatic, hero -- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And she contemplates the resilient ghosts of both Dylan and James, digging deep into the questions we confront as we pursue both elusive figures. … [Read more...]

Web debris: Cruise, "Sin City," Leary and Loy on Eastwood and "Closer"

So, here are a few pieces I stumbled across today...A mind-boggling update on director Todd Haynes' spectacularly weird concept for a movie about Bob Dylan. I cannot wait to see this. Haynes said he wanted to capture the many aspects of Dylan's character, and his solution was a "multiple refracted biopic" in which Dylan would be played, among others, by an 11-year-old black boy and a young white woman. I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan, now going ahead via Paramount, … [Read more...]