Stoker and the Shadow of Alfred Hitchcock

A Review of Stoker, Directed by Park Chan-wook “Shadow of a Doubt” seems a particularly American film, although it is part of a tradition that starts with Dante, culminates with Dostoevsky (whom Hitchcock has called a “master”) and includes in it as well the best writings of Henry James and Graham Greene. … But the [Read More...]

Stoker’s Identity and Inheritance

Review of Stoker, Directed by Park Chan-wook (WARNING: This review contains mature content of a sexual nature. Reader discretion advised. Spoilers are also included.) How much of our lives is determined by our heritage? What does it mean to be an adult? These kinds of questions form the undercurrent in Stoker, the newest film by [Read More...]

The Call: Trouble on the Line

Review of The Call directed by Brad Anderson Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) works in “the Hive”—a 911 call center in California. When she receives a call from a girl being abducted, Jordan does her job efficiently and well, dispatching the first-responders and assuring the girl that help is on the way. Unfortunately, help does not [Read More...]

Howl’s Moving Castle

Review of Howl’s Moving Castle, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rating: 8/10 Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young woman named Sophie, who owns a hat store in a European-looking town. War is coming to the kingdom. It so happens that Sophie meets Howl, a wizard, and the Witch of the Waste is immediately [Read More...]

A Wizard of Goodness in the Land of Oz

This prequel wants to be great. Does it succeed? [Read more...]

Is the EMPEROR Guilty?

Review of EMPEROR, Directed by Peter Webber Depending on your level of interest in WWII’s Pacific theater, you will have heard of the post-surrender dilemma: should the United States place Emperor Hirohito on trial for war crimes? To do so would satisfy the populations of the West, but it would also throw Japan into turmoil [Read More...]

Robin Williams, Biblical Counselor: Good Will Hunting

Review of Good Will Hunting, Directed by Gus Van Sant By PAUL D. MILLER Will Hunting is preternaturally brilliant, but has a troubled soul. His friends–Chucky, Morgan, and Billy, from Boston’s rough South Side–work menial jobs and pass the time drinking and cursing. Will, while working as a janitor at MIT, stumbles across an impossible [Read More...]

A Boy, a Beanstalk, and the Power of Storytelling

Review of Jack the Giant Slayer, Directed by Bryan Singer By ALEXIS NEAL Once upon a time, giants roamed the English countryside, crushing and consuming anyone who stood in their way. After much violence and property damage, a solution was finally found in the form of a magical crown that enabled the wearer to control [Read More...]

Hungry, Hungry Americans

Review of A Place at the Table, Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush By COYLE NEAL A Place at the Table is a documentary exploring the problem of hunger in America. And if your first thought was “wait, what? Hunger in America? The land of the dollar menu and people so regularly fat that it’s [Read More...]

Life, Above All

Review of Life, Above All, Directed by Oliver Schmitz By KENDRICK KUO Rating: 7/10 Life, Above All is not a film for the faint of heart. This gut-wrenching South African film, adapted from Alan Stratton’s novel Chandra’s Secret, is a fictional thread in a very real piece of South Africa’s fabric—namely, children orphaned by AIDS. [Read More...]


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