Redbox Reviews – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 In defense of The Hobbit http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/07/in-defense-of-the-hobbit/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/07/in-defense-of-the-hobbit/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:55:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3617 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 art, rather than its faithfulness to Tolkien’s book. If we view the film as an …

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The verisimilar edge http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/05/the-verisimilar-edge/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/05/the-verisimilar-edge/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2010 22:11:46 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2099 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 foundational sense of what makes┬ásomething good. All else flows from that. For some critics, this …

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Book it http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/03/book-it/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/03/book-it/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:10:54 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2090 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 it wasn’t surprising to see in what manner David Denby unleashes his ire on The …

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Heresy, thy name is Legion http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/24/heresy-thy-name-is-legion/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/24/heresy-thy-name-is-legion/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:45:23 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2022 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 of demons has possessed townspeople, who must now be fended off by the inevitable rag-tag …

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Redbox Review: The New Stupid http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/08/27/the-new-stupid/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/08/27/the-new-stupid/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:31:11 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=965 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 formative years in prep school. And everyone knows it’s a sure-fire formula in action film-making …

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The Unbearable Lightness of Binoche http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/08/17/the-unbearable-lightness-of-binoche/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/08/17/the-unbearable-lightness-of-binoche/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2008 05:16:40 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=878 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 was brilliant in each of these films. Asking her to play opposite Steve Carell and …

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Redbox Review: Half-Cocked http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/28/redbox-review-half-cocked/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/28/redbox-review-half-cocked/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2008 02:10:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=853 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 litany of errors that ultimately makes Hancock a disappointment includes the apparent employment of someone’s …

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Redbox Review: Anti-Morality Play http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/24/redbox-review-anti-morality-play/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/24/redbox-review-anti-morality-play/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:21:32 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=845 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 least until recent times. The fussy Christians seem to want morality plays in place of …

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Redbox Review: Disadvantaged http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/18/redbox-review-disadvantaged/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/07/18/redbox-review-disadvantaged/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2008 12:48:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=839 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 “postmodern” because it’s, well, so very different. We are accustomed to being omniscient observers, or …

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