On “Difficult” Movies

themaster - suspended above the water

As we're in a season busy with film festivals, I'm reading reviews of what sound like extremely challenging movies. Some of those reviews sound like the kind of comments that might provoke filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami to repeat what he said here... … [Read more...]

Sean Penn, The Tree of Life, and the difference between prose and poetry.

The L.A. Times, In Contention, Hollywood Elsewhere... everybody's getting worked up because Sean Penn apparently "dissed" director Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life: I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. ... Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what … [Read more...]