Category: Film Reviews/Hollywood

Don’t Waste your Blackjack: Holy Rollers and Christian Gamblers

What Ben Mezrich did for card counters in Bringing down the House, Bryan Storkel aims to do for The Church Team, a now defunct group of Christians who made a hefty sum playing blackjack. “What’s that, you say?  Christian gamblers?”...

/ March 14, 2012

Cowboys and Aliens and Entertainment

Saturday I went to the movies with my family. When I discovered that the plan was to go see Cowboys and Aliens, I was, um, hesitant. All I knew of the film was from the poster I’d seen on the...

/ August 25, 2011

Marriage, the Medium, and Friday Night Lights

I’m still thinking through the finale to television’s best show and determining what to do next with it.  After four years together, I’m not quite ready to let go yet. Mostly that’s because somewhere between seasons one and five Coach...

/ August 1, 2011

Harry Potter and the Age Old Story

Tonight is the opening night of the final installment of the Harry Potter movies. I have lots of feelings about this. A little over a year ago I was still refusing to read those little children’s books about a boy named Harry...

/ July 14, 2011

The Music and Meaning of *Tree of Life*

  Terence Malick’s Tree of Life is a profound meditation on the possibility of joy in a world where the brokenness threatens to overwhelm our sense of the presence, power, and fundamental beauty of goodness. Bold words for an opening...

/ July 6, 2011

Tree of Life: A Review by Nathan Hitchen

Note from Matt:  I invited Nathan, who is a friend of the blog, to write up his thoughts on Terence Malick’s new film Tree of Life.  I’ll be posting my own take tomorrow.   My first thought after finishing Terrence...

/ July 5, 2011

Under Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

I’ve got something of a soft spot for crime dramas and legal thrillers.  I don’t read the books, as I prefer to spend my reading downtime doing other things.  But I don’t mind taking a few hours on a weekend...

/ April 9, 2011

The Polarization of Hollywood

Movies are getting worse, Moki tells us.  And the way they know that is that successful movies are increasingly more polarizing.  The chart is of the top 20 movies from the past 20 years, and the one’s that are red...

/ March 1, 2011

Get Ready for The Tree of Life

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the trailer for the most anticipated movie of 2011: Terrance Malick’s fifth film, The Tree of LIfe, is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of May (don’t hold your breath, it has...

/ December 23, 2010

Eat. Pray? Love. Love?

One of my best friends is a film critic here in Los Angeles. A perk of this particular job is that she sees movies a few days early and sometimes takes me along (this really is more of a perk...

/ August 14, 2010