Jindabyne (2007)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today Movies.-Fishermen have a tendency to return from fishing trips with tales of "the big one that got away." But not Stewart Kane. No, he's come back from a weekend fishing trip with a very different story. And he'd rather keep it to himself than discuss it with his wife.In Ray Lawrence's new film Jindabyne, Stewart (Gabriel Byrne) and his buddies, Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis), and Billy (Simon Stone), venture out … [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...]

Specials: “Apocalypto” Poster. “Pan’s Labyrinth” rave, and more.

With all of the hubbub over a certain controversial film in recent months, I'd almost forgotten about this...Nice poster. Dumb slogan.NO PANS FOR PAN Salon's Andrew O'Heihr returns from Cannes and raves and raves about Guillermo Del Toro's new fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth. "Hands down the most exciting and original film I've seen here, and the one that had me in tears during its final scenes." He also liked A Scanner Darkly. On one hand, "Scanner Darkly" is a paranoid futuristic … [Read more...]