Category: Film Reviews/Hollywood

Under Review: 3:10 to Yuma

I have sometimes experienced a rather odd sensation of not knowing whether I liked a movie. When I exited The Departed, for instance, I knew that I had just witnessed a well made film with some outstanding performances, a decent...

/ September 16, 2007

Two Reflections on Tombstone

I’m on holiday these days, which means (a) reading books rather than blogging and (b) watching far too many movies.  Tonight:  that quintessentially male western, Tombstone.  Somewhat surprisingly, I found myself not merely being entertained by Val Kilmer’s salacious lines,...

/ August 7, 2007

Transformers: For Teenage Guys Only

Continuing my summer blockbuster binge, I dropped in to Transformers two nights ago.  In sum, I got about what I expected:  teenagers who are little more than eye-candy falling in love without any clear reason, large explosions and face chase...

/ August 2, 2007

In Which I Watched Two Movies in One Night

First up, The Simpsons: The Movie. Typically irreverent, cheeky and at points bizarre. Unlike Serenity, the writers for the Simpsons managed to transfer the show from TV to movie without suffering too great a loss. What is dangerous about the...

/ August 1, 2007

Idiocrasy – White Magic for our time

In one of the essays in the Weight of Glory collection, CS Lewis interrupts himself to break the “fourth wall” of literature and confront the reader with this question: (And I paraphrase,) “Do you think I am trying to charm...

/ June 14, 2007

On Providence: Peter Jackson vs. JRR Tolkien

One of these days I’m going to do a thorough comparison of the crucial differences between Tolkien’s version of Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s film adaptation.  The differences illuminate much, I think, about our contemporary values in very...

/ May 17, 2007

“Hey, Who Smuggled the Gospel in Here?”: Thoughts on Stranger Than Fiction

Warning: I’m writing this assuming you’ve seen the film. There are spoilers. (Then again, C.S. Lewis thought it was a vulgar pleasure to want to know what happens in a story.) “Harold,” Dustin Hoffman’s remarkable character flatly states, “I’m sorry....

/ March 13, 2007

Movie Review: Amazing Grace

I can not discuss the merits of the film.  To do so would require moving beyond the film’s effect on me, and I am not yet ready to do so.  If I reliquinsh criticism and surrender to mere promotion, then so be it.  I...

/ February 23, 2007

Go See Amazing Grace!

I haven’t been so excited to see a film in theatres for some time. Walden Media is releasing a film about British abolitionist and statesman William Wilberforce’s life. It is only being releasedin 800 theatres nationwide and its wider distribution...

/ February 20, 2007

The Only Thing That Matters: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

It’s Valentine’s Day.  The day for romance.  The day for love.   But that’s not stopping me. My wife and I watched “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” this last weekend, so I was planning this post before Melinda Penner at STR...

/ February 14, 2007