The Bard on the Big Screen: Much Ado About “Much Ado,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and More

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Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is winning high praise at film festivals, promising moviegoers an infusion of intelligence, romance, and sophistication during summertime's typically juvenile program of explosions.Glenn Kenny, for example, writes, The entire cast, indeed, revels not just in Shakespeare's language but in the clever way this play both conforms, in its plot points, to the now-antiquated gender roles of its time but also subverts them, giving acute but not overemphatic … [Read more...]

The Son (2004)

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2012 UPDATE: Ten years ago today, Le Fils (The Son) played at the Toronto International Film Festival, sending a second wave of rave reviews around the globe. A few months earlier, the film had inspired audiences at the Cannes Film Festival; it was nominated for the Palme d'Or, won the Ecumenical Jury prize, and lead actor Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor.I saw The Son at Seattle's Grand Illusion theater in 2003, and knew immediately that I had enjoyed a film that would become a personal … [Read more...]

Shrek (2001)

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Anthony Lane at The New Yorker and Eric Metaxas at Books and Culture — these men are admirable and thoughtful critics. And both of them are upset about Dreamworks' new animated movie. They  think Shrek is trying to teach us that we don't need fairy tales.With all due respect to writers whose work I have admired, I'm a little surprised that they're missing the actual target of Shrek's snarky and irreverent story.Let's start at the beginning: Shrek is a somewhat subversive fairy tale about … [Read more...]


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