The Coens and The Golden Compass You can now download my conversation with radio show host Paul Edwards as we discuss the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men... and then the controversy surrounding The Golden Compass.-The Coens... They're Not NihilistsAmong people who write about movies, few writers capture my attention as consistently as the insightful Matt Zoller Seitz.And now he's eloquently making an argument for what I've always believed about the Coen Brothers: That, for … [Read more...]
Defending Bubble. What to do when friends disagree over movies?Jessica Poundstone wrote in to take issue with Adam Walter's assessment of Soderbergh's Bubble: The real reason I'm commenting is that I think Bubble deserves a much more careful viewing than Mr. Walter has given it. I'm not saying it's one of Soderburgh's very best, but I thought the film was a fascinating attempt to make a movie via a method (using non-actors, filming in their own town using elements of their real lives) that … [Read more...]
NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]
IF YOU VOTED FOR CRASH, DOES THAT MEAN YOU HATE GAY PEOPLE? Roger Ebert asks the question that needs to be asked: Just 'cause I didn't vote for Brokeback, does that make me a homophobe? Good question. And by the way, if Hollywood is so homophobic, why did they spend the evening congratulating themselves for being so progressive? And why did they give Ang Lee Best Director? Why did they give Capote Best Actor?DE NIRO AND PFEIFFER GET STARDUST-ED Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer... … [Read more...]
More Tuesday specials:MUST READ At Town Hall, Erik Lokkesmoe powerfully sums up ten... count them, ten... big mistakes that conservatives tend to make when they meddle (or fail to meddle) in the arts.(Thanks for the link, Bubba.)YES, BUT DOES BILL THE PONY GET TO SING A SOLO? At last, The Lord of the Rings - The Musical opens to raves! Okay, so maybe it's not exactly a musical... "... the world needs to know what the concept is. It's not a musical. It's not a Stratford … [Read more...]
Tuesday specials:DON'T GO READ THIS! (Now you're curious, aren't you?) Sean Gaffney boycotts boycotting! Because, as they said in Field of Dreams, "If you protest, they will come." He also congratulates Cory Edwards, and so do I, for its continuing top ten success at the box office. Bring on Hoodwinked 2: Hoodwinked Harder!GEEK ALERT: CINEMATICAL'S GOT BATMAN CASTING RUMORS Who would YOU cast as Joker? As Harvey Dent? Here are some interesting ideas...U-WHO? CBN notices this … [Read more...]
Specials: Rosenbaum on "Three Burials." Walter on "Crash." And the sequel we’ve all been waiting for.
Monday specials:"A QUIRKY COWBOY MASTERPIECE" Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. There are elements in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that I tend to distrust when they crop up in other movies. There's the theme of redemption, which can all too easily lead to a Hollywood cop-out, even (or maybe especially) when it's tied to some notion of religious transcendence. There's the taken-for-granted dysfunctional … [Read more...]
Specials: Beware Knightley! Moring interviews Emma Thompson. Evangelical NY Times Writer: Oxymoron? Shea on Spear.
WHAT I'M SEEING TODAY Tsotsi. Anybody else here seen it?IS KEIRA KNIGHTLEY'S SMILE DANGEROUS? Can you look away from that smile? It has a strange and dismaying power. I mean, look at her! There's something almost violent about that smile. She's she's brandishing a weapon with complete confidence that no one can withstand its power... Slap some green makeup on her, and you've got the sequel to 28 Days Later.[Graham Chapman voice] RUN AWAY!!![/Graham Chapman voice]I await Pirates of … [Read more...]
Specials: Sundance review. Walter’s "New World" rave. "Lost" money. DaVinci debut. X3 pic. New mom Jessica Poundstone. And Seahawks.
Monday specials:SUNDANCE ME TO THE END OF MEDIOCRE FILMS GreenCine coverage of the Sundance Film Festival is almost too expansive to comprehend. So many movies, so many reviews. From a review of Thank You for Smoking that calls it "I Heart Huckabees For Dummies," to a review of the intriguingly titled A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, to a review of Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man ... they're all over it.NEW WORLD'S NEW RAVE Adam Walter joins me and the rest who were swept away by … [Read more...]
Sunday's specials:What a friendly neighborhood I live in! This morning, I'm walking around the streets of Shoreline, Washington, and as I'm waiting at a crosswalk, I see in the window of the house next to me......a wooden cross...... a Bush/Cheney poster...... a digital-readout message panel that is flashing these words to all who pass by: "Liberals - THE ENEMIES WITHIN"...... and a security camera, pointing right at me and anyone who happens to walk by and notice the sign. … [Read more...]