Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Five-Year Engagement Review

The new romantic comedy by director Nicholas Stoller not only plays for genuine laughs, but it also makes pertinent points about our culture’s struggle with commitment, specifically in marriage. It gets things mostly right—and, of course, a few things wrong.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

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Eight Must-See Silent Films

In lieu of Singin’ in the Rain‘s 60th anniversary, I made a list of eight must-see silent films (plus eight extras) since the classic musical depicts the transition from silent films to talkies.

Read the list at Paste.

Blue Like Jazz Review

Basically, Donald Miller and Steve Taylor have done everything in their power to convince us that Blue Like Jazz is not typical faith fare. By that, they’re trying to say it’s more than an immediately dated fixture in the church library. The problem? It’s not.

Read my guest review at Christ and Pop Culture.

The Top 25 Gangster Films of the Last 40 Years

In celebration of The Godfather‘s 40th birthday, I made a list of the top 25 gangster films of the last 40 years. Eventually, I lost count of how many times I wrote the names Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

Check out the list at Paste.

The Hunter Review

The Hunter showcases Nettheim’s ability to tell a story effectively, grounding it in humanity, while also exhibiting the director’s real sense of scale visually, as he brings his tale to the screen with magnificence and grandeur.

Read my review at Paste.

Mirror Mirror Review

As with all of Tarsem’s work (The Cell, The Fall, Immortals), Mirror Mirror fails to tell a dense and cohesive story or connect with us emotionally.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

4:44 Last Day on Earth Review

The film, aimless and superficial, proves to be nothing more than an excuse for Ferrara to shove his fear-mongering agenda down our throats while getting distracted by sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll amid the lecture.

Read my review at Paste.

The Peculiar Allure of Mad Men

In the last few months, there have been so many “think” pieces on Mad Men  that it’s gotten out of control. I, of course, couldn’t resist joining the conversation with a piece on the redemption and downfall of Don Draper.

Read the article at Relevant.

SxSW 2012: Electrick Children Capsule Review

Sheltered Mormon girl gets knocked up by listening to a rock ‘n’ roll cassette tape and leaves her family to find the father. What does it all mean? Is it supposed to mean anything?

Read my capsule review at Paste.

SxSW 2012: Kid-Thing Capsule Review

Despite a contrast of bright, beautiful scenery—visuals full of life—Zellner wallows in suffering and misery.

Read the rest of my capsule review at Paste.