24 May 2011

Happy 70th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

In honor of the king of American music, here is my review of I’m Not There, the great film by Todd Haynes about the life of Bob Dylan.

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23 May 2011

Be Mindful: Beginners is Coming.

On Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of shaking hands with filmmaker Mike Mills and actor Ewan McGregor, and sitting down with two other journalists (Sarah Fetters and Keith Simanton) to interview them about their new film Beginners, which also stars Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent. They were

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23 May 2011

Filmwell Returns!

Over the last week, I’ve been thrilled to see Filmwell – the collaborative and strange film blog for adventurous cinephiles that I started with Michael Leary a couple of years ago – transplanted to a new home base at The Other Journal, an online magazine I’ve admired and enjoyed for

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23 May 2011

Wait… Who Gets "Left Behind"?

My friend Matthew Dickerson, author of Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis, presented this meditation – a challenge to the conventional understanding of “the Rapture” – at a gathering of The Chrysostom Society a couple

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23 May 2011

Return to The Suburbs: Two New Arcade Fire Songs!

Thanks to the folks of ListenBeforeYouBuy.net, we can listen to two new songs from the upcoming deluxe edition of Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning album The Suburbs.

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23 May 2011

Worst/Best Fake-Out Trailers of All Time

I submit that this was the worst fake-out trailer of all time. When the audience realized the real subject of the movie, and saw the horrible execution of an already idiotic idea, there was almost a riot in the theatre. Wow. Every time I see it, I feel physical pain.

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19 May 2011

Remembering Raiders

On June 12, LookingCloser.org will celebrate the 30th anniversary of my favorite adventure film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. How? Here are the details:

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19 May 2011

Reviews and Reviews and Reviews! The Ale Boy's Feast on the CSFF Blog Tour

  Terrence Malick’s new film The Tree of Life played at Cannes this week, and there are suddenly dozens and dozens of reviews all over the Internet. The differences in viewers’ reactions are striking, sometimes even confounding. And many of their responses read more like reactions than reviews. But some

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16 May 2011

In Memory of Jim Henson.

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16 May 2011

The New World (2005)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today. A follow-up review was published at Image upon the release of the “extended cut” of the movie.. Both are reproduced below. – The New World – Theatrical Release Review (January 20, 2006) It’s all in the eyes. That’s one of the lessons

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