Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Grey Review

Midpoint in The Grey,  a group of men sit around a fire reflecting on their lives while literally staring death in face. One of them insists on the pertinence of faith and the existence of God in the midst of their suffering, while two others refute the claim and call his belief a “fairy tale,” claiming there’s no life after death. These opposing ideologies stand front and center of this chilling new adventure by writer-director Joe Carnahan.
Read my review at Christianity Today.

Albert Nobbs Review

It might be easy to dismiss Albert Nobbs as a pro-homosexual, pro-feminist film with a heavy-handed political message—but only if you’ve merely read a synopsis or watched a trailer. In an Oscar-nominated role, Glenn Close stars as a cross-dressing lesbian in 19th century Ireland, but as it turns out, Rodrigo Garcia’s period drama transcends the superficialities of issues of gender and politics to probe deeper into spirituality and human experience.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

Miss Bala Review

A giant metaphor for Mexico and the dismay that plagues the country, Miss Bala, the new action-drama from Mexican writer-director Gerardo Naranjo, is visceral eye candy with steady performances and a seamless marriage of sight and sound. Yet with its bleak vision and apathetic treatment of undeveloped characters, the film falls short of the early acclaim it has received on the festival circuit.

Read my review at Paste.

Red Tails Review

Producer George Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway concurrently create a somewhat bland and archaic piece of cinema that, despite its distinguished retro aesthetics, doesn’t totally work.

Read my full review @Paste.

More on the New Wes Anderson Film

Over a year ago, I blogged about news of a new film from Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom. Now I’m excited to announce that both a release date and trailer have emerged.

The film will hit limited American theaters on May 25. Watch the trailer here.

For more on Anderson and his films, read this article by Armond White and watch this video essay series by Matt Zoller Seitz.

The Divide Review

The latest from young French director Xavier Gens is a bleak vision muddled by uneven form and a hopeless depiction of humanity.

Read my full review @Paste.

My Top 20 Films of 2010

In posting my top 20 films of 2011, I realized that I never posted my list from 2010. So I combed through the archives of my Gmail account, looking for a particular email and eventually found the list. Continue reading

My Top 20 Films of 2011

2011 marked yet another optimal year at the movies. It was the first year in several years that the Coen brothers didn’t give us something new, which felt like a tragedy given how spoiled we’ve become. Continue reading