Her (2013): A Guest Review by Lauren Wilford

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome guest reviewer Lauren Wilford to Looking Closer, with a review of a film that made a strong impression on her: the new film from the director of Where the Wild Things Are. (I posted an "All Thumbs review" of this film last month, but you need a second opinion.) Thanks for sharing this, Lauren!•Depending on your perspective, Her has either an amazing elevator pitch or an awful one: “A guy falls in love with his iPhone.” There’s the reflexive reac … [Read more...]

Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation.-Here’s the pitch:Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie A … [Read more...]

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

This review was originally published at the Image blog, Good Letters.-By the time Max shouted “Let the wild rumpus start!” on opening day ofWhere the Wild Things Are, a rumpus was already raging among the film’s critics.Reviewers have been roaring and beating their chests in debate. Were director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers faithful enough to author Maurice Sendak’s lavishly illustrated pages? Should they be treated like kings? Or sent to their rooms without dinner? … [Read more...]

Save “Where the Wild Things Are”

Ain't It Cool has just posted the impassioned plea of a moviegoer who has seen Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.His plea? Save this beautiful movie, before the studio heads decide to dump it and replace it with something stupid!(Warning: There is some "spoilerish" content in his description of the film.)Here's an excerpt: Needless to say, this isn't a movie for children... it's a movie about childhood and the first fleeting moments where you start to become aware of the world … [Read more...]

Looking Forward to “Where the Wild Things Are”

When I was a kid, one of my favorite storybooks was...Wait, let me start again.One of my favorite storybooks is Where the Wild Things Are. (Forget the part about "when I was a kid." It's still true. If a story is good, a reader will never "outgrow" it.)But there is not nearly enough in Maurice Sendak's surreal book to fill a feature film. Thus, I have felt apprehensive, even depressed, over the inevitability of a revised and embellished full-length movie version. After seeing Ron … [Read more...]

"Wild Thing" Spike Jonze has his new project…

According to Variety, Spike Jonze is the man that Warner Brothers is depending on to take us...Where the Wild Things Are.Let's see... with Curious George also on the way, what other beloved children's books are waiting for their champion? … [Read more...]