Margaret – The Extended Cut (2012)

I'm grateful to the good folks at The Brehm Center for inviting me to contribute to their film site Reel Spirituality. Special thanks to Elijah Davidson, whose writing I've read regularly and appreciated for years.And my first contribution there is about a movie I've been eager to see for several years. I can't believe I'm finally reviewing it. … [Read more...]

Browser, 8/16: Lonergan returns; Phillips; Moriarty Says “Star Wars is Dead”

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines will be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned. … [Read more...]

You Can Count On Me (2000)

2007 Update: It's been a few years since I've seen this 2000 film, and yet I remember moments from it so vividly. Terry and the boy taking a nature walk. The reverend informing Sammy that fornication is a sin. Sammy's office confrontation with the boss. And yet, I wonder... what has become of Ken Lonergan, who wrote such a delicate, heartfelt screenplay? He was a co-writer on Gangs of New York, and then what?Turning to the IMDB, I learn that he's written and directed a drama called Margaret, … [Read more...]

Specials: Boyle’s Sunshine. Lonergan’s Margaret. Burnett’s B.R.M.C.

Today's specials:Danny Boyle's next film boasts a diverse cast.At long last, Ken Lonergan, director of You Can Count On Me, is preparing another project that looks likely to star Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, and Mark Ruffalo. It's called Margaret.Just how much did T-Bone Burnett meddle with the new album from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club? … [Read more...]