In my experience of discussing movies online, few people have challenged me to dig deeper and look closer at movies than Ken Morefield. That's why I'm enthusiastic about having his as a "guest reviewer" so often at Looking Closer. So I am delighted to discover that... … [Read more...]
"Charlton Heston might be said to achieve his apotheosis as Moses ... unless one decides that it's Moses who's achieving his apotheosis as Heston." - Jonathan Rosenbaum Here's the MSNBC story. LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife … [Read more...]
My Netflix queue just went into cardiac arrest as I read about all kinds of new movies on the 2007-Best lists from Doug Cummings and Robert Koehler. What would I do without tour guides like them? Nate Bell separates wheat from chaff. Brandon Fibbs is impressed with many, but only one "gobsmacked" him. David Hudson still has the greatest film-lover's blog on the web, and his own list is as interesting as any I've read. (I can't wait to get into a theater to see his #1 … [Read more...]
It's a bright sunny day in Seattle, and it'll be a bright sunny evening in the theater, as I head out to feast my eyes on Danny Boyle's Sunshine for the first time. I've heard all kinds of things -- severe disappointment (from a trustworthy friend), mixed feelings (from a trustworthy friend), and "Best Movie of the Year" (from a trustworthy friend). Thus... I'm intrigued. Speaking of movies that are sure to divide viewers into enthusiasts and nay-sayers... … [Read more...]
At The Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum weighs in on World Trade Center: “THE HOLOCAUST IS ABOUT six million people who get killed,” Stanley Kubrick reportedly said to screenwriter Frederic Raphael in the late 90s. “Schindler’s List was about 600 people who don’t.” Assuming the quote is right, Kubrick’s speaking about the Holocaust in the present tense and about a movie made half a century later in the past tense suggests something about his priorities. They probably aren’t … [Read more...]
Sure to be one of the year's best, Three Times is the latest from Hou Hsiao-hsien, whose film Cafe Lumiere is one of the best I've seen in the past few years. … [Read more...]
Specials: Rosenbaum on "Three Burials." Walter on "Crash." And the sequel we’ve all been waiting for.
Monday specials: "A QUIRKY COWBOY MASTERPIECE" Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. There are elements in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that I tend to distrust when they crop up in other movies. There's the theme of redemption, which can all too easily lead to a Hollywood cop-out, even (or maybe especially) when it's tied to some notion of religious transcendence. There's the taken-for-granted dysfunctional … [Read more...]
Specials: Dead Can Dance. B&C on Grimm Brothers and Donnie Darko. Dead Can Dance live.! Lanois touring. Rosenbaum on Grimm.
Today's specials: Peter T. Chattaway talks with writer/director Scott Derrickson about The Exorcism of Emily Rose. My own interview will be published at SPU's Response soon. Favorite line from a film review this week: (From the PullQuote review of Broken Flowers.) "Suffice it to say that Broken Flowers is the sort of film where, at the end, you can't believe Patricia Clarkson wasn't in it." At Books and Culture, Thomas Hibbs examines the popularity of Donnie Darko. Also … [Read more...]
Today's specials: I've just discovered an album that's definitely going to be on my year-end favorites list. Lizz Wright's Dreaming Wide Awake is a revelation (at least to me, I didn't hear her previous release, Salt.) Dreaming Wide Awake gives Wright's glorious, smoky, passionate vocals fantastic opportunities in covers of songs like Joe Henry's "Stop" and what may be the definitive version of Neil Young's "Old Man." Craig Street's production is so pristine, T-Bone Burnett would be … [Read more...]
Today, Jonathan Rosenbaum zeroes in on what drove me crazy about Crash. … [Read more...]