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...]
Specials: Sundance review. Walter’s "New World" rave. "Lost" money. DaVinci debut. X3 pic. New mom Jessica Poundstone. And Seahawks.
Today, for the first time in our... golly, ten-year friendship? ... I received an email from someone asking if Peter Chattaway was one of my pseudonyms. Wow. We do show up in a lot of the same places online and in print. But we frequently disagree on films, and sometimes clash mightily. This time, though, we're both recommending that you rush out and see The New World. My review was posted earlier today. In 2006, it's going to be a hard movie to beat on my Year's Best list. Now, … [Read more...]
F.X. Feeney answers the nagging questions about the theatrical version of The New World ... and teases us with news about the upcoming DVD... news that has made me stand up and rejoice. (Thanks to GreenCine Daily, of course, for the link...) … [Read more...]
I worked on this review until 1 a.m., got up at 5 a.m. and kept working on it. Then, realizing I had 2,500 words, I had to cut it back to the word-limit: 1,500. I didn't quite make it. So it's likely that, in the haze of my sleep deprivation, I may have missed a thing or two. But anyway, here is it is... my review of the I love the most from the past year, maybe two... … [Read more...]
Okay... I'm stuck. Most critics groups, and the Oscars, will consider Terrence Malick's "The New World" a 2005 release, because it screened for some critics a few weeks ago. But the final cut, which is much shorter, includes footage that wasn't in the longer cut, and is apparently quite a different film altogether, was just finished a few days ago... in 2006. So what do I do? Is this my favorite film of 2005... which it is, if it must be listed as a 2005 release? Or shall I go … [Read more...]
Specials: "Bourne 3… 3 as the Wind…" Plus: Indy 4, Jurassic 4, "Capote" beats "Brokeback." Praising "The New World."
Monday is Sequel News Day! "BOURNE THREE... THREE AS THE WIND..." For updates on The Bourne Ultimatum, Indy 4, and Jurassic Park 4, click here. (Looks like Jason Bourne may have a new main squeeze. And no, it's not Ben Affleck.) NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS DOESN'T GO BROKEBACK The NSFC names Capote as Best Picture! 5 C's in a row! CHICAGO CRITICS CROWN CRASH, CACHE A good day for Crash and Cache... but not Johnny Cash. "THE MOST MOVING AMERICAN [FILM] IN THE FIFTEEN YEARS … [Read more...]
Specials: Wong at Cannes. Vote against Pedro. Chattaway’s Top 10. "New World" cut. "Pan’s Labyrinth." "Horror porn." "Scanner Darkly." "Fateless."
Wednesday's specals: President of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury... Wong Kar-wai! Fantastic. This should make for some very interesting choices. Can't wait to see who else is on the jury. (Thanks, Opus, for the link.) No more Pedro the Lion. Please welcome... David Bazan! It was bound to happen. Bazan's dropped the band name, officially declared himself a solo artist. Peter Chattaway and Roy Anker post contrary top ten lists at Books and Culture I like titles on both lists. I … [Read more...]
Tuesday's specials: I found most of these links at GreenCine Daily, and I'm glad I did. GUARDIAN GUARDS CHRISTIANITY FROM GUARDIAN JOURNALISTS (AND OTHERS) The Guardian, home of the now-notorious Polly Toynbee who used her Narnia review to bash Christianity, bashes Narnia critics! The Bible is a narrative blueprint for a lot of western culture - if everything referencing it is dodgy then the nativity is dodgy, a lot of Shakespeare is dodgy, some of The Archers is dodgy, everything is … [Read more...]