Tiger, Tiger, Burning Blight: The Problem With Pi-ety

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If A. O. Scott's description of Ang Lee's movie Life of Pi is accurate, then he's confirming my suspicions about the hollowness of the narrative's heart. That is to say, he's assuring me that the movie preserves the fundamental wishy-washiness of the book's core ideas. … [Read more...]

“Life of Pi” interests yet another talented director

First it was Jean-Pierre Jeunet.Then it was M. Night Shyamalan.Now, Variety reports, Ang Lee is considering Yann Martel's Life of Pi.Have you read it? Which director would you pick? It'll take someone with a poetic sensibility and a flair for fantasy. I'd certainly get in line for a Lee version. … [Read more...]

Specials: Winter Solstice. Undertow. Bortz scratches. Aslan talks. Hobos bite.

I'm back from a bout with the flu, and a couple of days of recovery on beautiful Whidbey Island, surrounded by sun, surf, sand, and DEER... deer everywhere.I wanted to tell you about what I saw last week BEFORE falling ill...I rented two films on DVD that had striking similarities. They were both about men trying to cope with the deaths of their wives while raising two sons.Winter Solstice was one. Wonderful, meditative, beautifully filmed, and relatively overlooked by moviegoers, … [Read more...]


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