Look!: “Ivan’s Childhood”; “La Pivellina”; Steven Greydanus’s Top 10 List Collection; Joel Avery on “Melancholia” & the Apocalypse; More…

Ivans-Childhood-Criterion

Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on.-Last night, thanks to the new Criterion blu-ray release, I finally got around to watching Ivan's Childhood, the first feature film by master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.I've seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, Zerkalo (The Mirror), Solaris, and The Sacrifice enough times to count them among my favorite films, but have never managed to sit … [Read more...]

Lost Highways: Two Big-Screen Journeys into Darkness That Drove Me From the Theater

Lost Highway

I can't explain this: On two occasions in the last eight months, I’ve walked into Seattle’s Varsity Theater on a Tuesday night during an unexpected cloudburst and bought a ticket to a critically acclaimed motion picture, only to march right back out of the theatre about 70 minutes later.Yes, that whole description fits both situations.I cannot explain why the circumstances — the location, the night of the week, the weather — were so strangely similar. I can, however, say that my patience … [Read more...]

The Five Obstructions (2003)

The Five Obstructions was one of the films I shared in my week-long film seminar at The Glen Workshop in 2011. … [Read more...]

Manderlay (2005)

Danish director Lars von Trier gave us a remarkable, audacious film in 2004 called Dogville. The film starred Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Anne Bancroft, and a supporting cast of familiar faces, but it also demanded our own participation. The story played out on a stage decorated with a few props and chalk outlines that told us where the houses, streets, and other important landmarks were.The film told the story of a gangster's daughter, Grace, who happens upon a small town and, during her vi … [Read more...]

Dogville (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today on March 26, 2004. -There is an unforgettable scene in Dogville. It is unconventional, risky, unsettling, and it sums up writer/director Lars von Trier's rage against human hard-heartedness. In a wordless moment, the camera, the actors, the stage and the silence offer us a sobering observation. All that comes before it has set the stage for this moment, when the movie makes its chilling revelation.Like Jesus' parable of the Good … [Read more...]


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