11 May 2004

Swimming Pool (2003)

This post includes two reviews here: My own and a guest review by Michael Leary. • The supremely talented French actress Charlotte Rampling and director François Ozon clearly enjoy working together. Rampling relishes psychologically complex roles. Ozon respects his leading ladies enough to give them challenges. In Ozon’s Under the

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11 May 2004

Gangs of New York: a Looking Closer Film Forum

This edition of Film Forum was originally published at Christianity Today on December 19, 2002. • Gangs of New York is director Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated film about an uprising of Irish immigrants against a gang called “Nativists” who seek to drive them out of Civil-War-era New York City. Leonardo Dicaprio

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11 May 2004

Coming Home to Ohio: Linford Detweiler on OTR’s double album

[This interview was originally published July 30, 2003, at the original Looking Closer website.] – On August 19th, 2003, Over the Rhine will celebrate the release of their tenth album by making it a double. Ohio boasts two full-length discs of new material. And that most astonishing thing is that,

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11 May 2004

Radio (2003)

An earlier version of this review was originally published in a Film Forum column at Christianity Today. • Radio is another sport-oriented true-life drama from writer Mike Rich, who wrote The Rookie. Like that film, which was one of 2002’s most rewarding and surprising releases, Radio focuses on the way

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