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In defense of The Hobbit

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 Posted in Redbox Reviews, The Artful Life | 4 Comments »

Look, it's not like The Hobbit is Holy Scripture. It's not even, last I checked, part of the Apocrypha. It seems to me that the standard for judging Peter Jackson's film rendition, then, ought to be whether it succeeds as ...

The verisimilar edge

Friday, February 5th, 2010 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 3 Comments »

Listening to a local film critic's tired dismissal of the new film, Edge of Darkness, I was struck by the need, in film, literary, and art criticism just as much as in theological or architectural or epicurean criticism, for a ...

Book it

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 6 Comments »

I'm pretty sure that somewhere in the unofficial New Yorker film critic handbook there's a rule that goes something like this: If Christian faith is central to a film, don't be afraid to stoop to name-calling and character assassination. Thus ...

Heresy, thy name is Legion

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 Posted in Redbox Reviews, Theology | 3 Comments »

Perhaps you've seen commercials for the movie Legion, which appears to be two very different movies, depending on whether you've seen it advertised in the theater or on your television. On television, the premise appears to be that a host ...

Redbox Review: The New Stupid

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 5 Comments »

It's accepted American wisdom now that smart people are not to be trusted. Thus our presidential candidates sprinkle the occasional "ain't" when speaking to the little people, and strive to project the image of someone who did not spend his ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Binoche

Sunday, August 17th, 2008 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 4 Comments »

I confess that I'm not a French movie buff. I've never seen La Veuve de Saint-Pierre or Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge. I never bothered with The English Patient, for that matter, or Chocolat. For all I know, Juliette Binoche ...

Redbox Review: Half-Cocked

Monday, July 28th, 2008 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 1 Comment »

I don't know what film-school genius is teaching his students to use handheld cameras in lieu of stationary shots, but once the dizziness fades I'm going to track him down and beat him to death with his seldom-used tripod. The ...

Redbox Review: Anti-Morality Play

Thursday, July 24th, 2008 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 3 Comments »

The opposition that fussy Christians voice toward Juno seems to boil down to the fact that it is filled with sinful people who live, think, and speak like sinners. Then again, this used to be true of the Church, at ...

Redbox Review: Disadvantaged

Friday, July 18th, 2008 Posted in Redbox Reviews | 2 Comments »

The mistake people make about modernism is thinking it's old-fashioned. Thus a movie like Vantage Point comes along, built around the premise that it will be clever to show the same events through several characters' eyes, and people call it ...