Ben-Hur Discovers the Epic Epicness of Grace

A colossal epic about the journey of faith. [Read more...]

The Godfather’s Justice

“For justice, we must go to Don Corleone.” [Read more...]

Perseverance Leads to Payoff with ’12 Years a Slave’

A reminder that people—and places—can persevere when there’s a hope set before them. [Read more...]

When Mocking Jews Was Cool

Political correctness and anti-Semitism in the Best Picture of 1947. [Read more...]

Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca!

Review of Casablanca, Directed by Michael Curtiz It’s December of 1941 in sunny, depressing Casablanca, where refugees flock in an attempt to flee the ravages of Nazi-infested Europe. They flock to Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and there they stay—unless Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) cares to bestow upon them the coveted exit visas that will allow them [Read More...]

Argo: A Hollywood Feel-Good Fantasy

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck by Paul D. Miller No wonder Hollywood loves Argo.  It is a movie about how movies save the day. Argo has already won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, the BAFTAs, and the Critic’s Choice–and probably the Oscars, by the time you read this.  All for good [Read More...]

Gonna Fly Now; Or, the American (Non)Gospel

Review of Rocky, Directed by John D. Avildsen By ALEXIS NEAL I feel a little silly describing the plot of Rocky (1976). Still, I know there may be a few young whippersnappers out there who never sat around on Saturday afternoons watching old action movies on TNT and who thus don’t know who this Sylvester [Read More...]

Lord of the Rings: A Timeless Trilogy

Review of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Directed by Peter Jackson By PAUL D. MILLER It is hard to remember how firmly entrenched the conventional wisdom was that The Lord of the Rings was unfilmable. A disastrous animated attempt in 1978, stuffed full of 70’s cheese, covered just half the story. The film only [Read More...]

The Slavery of Spite

Review of Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock By PAUL D. MILLER Rebecca (1940) is a creepy film. From the opening shot of trees in the mist to a key sequence in the fog to the closing shot of a mansion engulfed in smoke, the film is pervaded with wisps of the gray stuff, a visual [Read More...]


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