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  • Is it more than a cheap escape?
    Is it more than a cheap escape? Lacing his violence with comedy, Tarantino produced the quintessential post-modern movie. Rather than delivering us funny detached from… Read More...
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  • Do you want to be lied to?
    Do you want to be lied to? If Batman Begins is about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, it might be fair to say that The Dark Knight… Read More...
  • How do our responses to the past affect the present?
    How do our responses to the past affect the present? “Surely we are being punished because of our brother.” These are the resigned words uttered by Jacob’s sons in… Read More...
  • Who shall overcome?
    Who shall overcome? First-time director Behn Zeitlin leads this unassuming cast in a tale of survival within one of America's poorest communities,… Read More...
  • Do you ever get that feeling?
    Do you ever get that feeling? “The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever… Read More...
  • How will you live into death?
    How will you live into death? There have been some memorable, intense, and eye-catching opening scenes in several recent films: Hugo, A Serious Man, Girl… Read More...
  • How far is too far?
    How far is too far? The world is both enchanted by, and wary of, the other. From the homeless man on the street corner… Read More...
  • What is real?
    What is real? Let’s start with the irony. No film genre employs the power of technology more fiercely than science fiction does… Read More...
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  • Who am I in the context of what came before me?
    Who am I in the context of what came before me? Not often enough do films emerge from the Sundance Film Festival to receive even one nod from the Academy,… Read More...
  • What do we hunger for?
    What do we hunger for? Something was missing from the recent novel-turned-film, The Hunger Games. Training montage? Check. Close, heartfelt shots of the protagonist? Check.… Read More...
  • What if life was censored?
    What if life was censored? The Oscars will be awarded in a couple of weeks and The Artist (fortunately) has a decent shot at… Read More...
  • Does death give rise to living?
    Does death give rise to living? As Harold Crick [Will Ferrell] realizes he’s not just living life, he’s actually living a story, things start to… Read More...
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  • Who can resist Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen?
    Who can resist Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen? The answer - I'm confident - is not you. And in the film, Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman emerges… Read More...
  • Is it time to wake up?
    Is it time to wake up? As I received the opening images of The Descendants, I leaned over, looked at Kate (my wife) and spoke… Read More...
  • How do we experience?
    How do we experience? Honestly, I have been trying to think of a clever way to write this piece without words. But it… Read More...
  • Does your life make good art?
    Does your life make good art? American playwright Tennessee Williams said that, “if the writing is honest, it cannot be separated from the man who… Read More...
  • Can I be fixed?
    Can I be fixed? Let’s be honest. Martin Scorsese and “family friendly” have never gone hand in hand. But what Scorsese forgoes in… Read More...
  • What if we were not alone, really?
    What if we were not alone, really? Let’s play the “What if?” game for a minute. What if there was life on another planet? (Seen this… Read More...
  • Is there a better way?
    Is there a better way? You may have already read his sister’s eulogy that was released this weekend. In it we learn that… Read More...
  • Where do decisions come from?
    Where do decisions come from? Most of us will never face the spectacular decision which confronted the monks of Tibhirine. Based on events… Read More...
  • Is change possible?
    Is change possible? Remember how you thought it would be terrible? Remember how you were wrong? Well, it’s happening to you again. Read More...
  • How is man made?
    How is man made? One of the most relentless and intense movies of recent years, There Will be Blood remains in our collective… Read More...
  • Who decides whether or not you are loved?
    Who decides whether or not you are loved? HappyThanksYouMorePlease, the 2011 Indie Film by Josh Radnor, takes a stab at answering this question with just the right… Read More...
  • How does story change our treatment of people?
    How does story change our treatment of people? Stories are vehicles for vision. They are dust rags and power-washers for the silt that settles in our souls.… Read More...
  • What inspires wonder?
    What inspires wonder? JJ Abrams’ life has been filled with wonder boxes. There are few people making films these days that put… Read More...
  • Why do the innocent suffer?
    Why do the innocent suffer? The Tree of Life resurrects the era when Hollywood still aspired to greatness. Not since 2001: A… Read More...
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  • Can we see past our own reality?
    Can we see past our own reality? We all grow up and at some point dream of becoming a prince or princess, right?  At the very… Read More...
  • Can the real me be loved?
    Can the real me be loved? The transformative moments of our lives always begin somewhere. And in the case of Juno MacGuff, it all begins… Read More...
  • Can reality shift when we choose to see a little differently?
    Can reality shift when we choose to see a little differently? As of late, there has been a resurgence of sorts for the “let’s-mess-with-realities-and-sub-realities” genre that was popularized via The… Read More...
  • What are you searching for?
    What are you searching for? Away We Go (directed by Sam Mendes who also directed American Beauty and Revolutionary Road) is a sweet and… Read More...
  • Are you afraid of being known?
    Are you afraid of being known? It is somewhat shocking to look at Paul Giamatti’s work and realize he’s only been nominated for an Oscar… Read More...
  • What is reality?
    What is reality? Suddenly awakened from a deep sleep, I rolled over to reach for a sip of water and saw that… Read More...
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  • What does he know?
    What does he know? This is, throughout the ravaged landscape of The Book of Eli, the unavoidable question we ask of the title… Read More...
  • Where do we find happiness?
    Where do we find happiness? More often than not commentaries and interpretations tend to direct one to think about specific ideas and messages being… Read More...
  • Can the power of words be lost?
    Can the power of words be lost? In the routine of our daily life, it is doubtful there is anything more powerful than our words. By… Read More...
  • Do you need a prophet?
    Do you need a prophet? When my son loaded up in his cousin’s little powered Jeep and started driving around their lawn he declared… Read More...
  • Why do we blog?
    Why do we blog? I walked into the theater to see Julie & Julia knowing I was in for a good evening. I… Read More...
  • What is love?
    What is love? Really... What is love? Some mysterious "thing" that we spend our lives avoiding and/or seeking? How does one fall… Read More...
  • What does grace look like?
    What does grace look like? The tension surrounding the immigration debate has been the launching point for many filmmakers in recent years. Read More...
  • Is the story true because it happened or because it happens?
    Is the story true because it happened or because it happens? No one creates films quite like Charlie Kaufman. Best known for his screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless… Read More...
  • What gives us real freedom?
    What gives us real freedom? Shock value in art is generally something I frown upon because, if for no other reason, it is a… Read More...
  • Can foolishness humble wisedom?
    Can foolishness humble wisedom? What if Conan O'Brien landed a series of interviews with former President George W. Bush?  And what if, towards… Read More...
  • Can doubt be as powerful as certainty?
    Can doubt be as powerful as certainty? Over the years, Hollywood has managed to condition the viewer with particular movie-going expectations. We expect to be entertained.… Read More...
  • Can we love eachother's imperfections?
    Can we love eachother's imperfections? I love moments in films. The bus scene in Almost Famous. John Cusack holding up the boombox. "Falling Slowly"… Read More...
  • Can we fully know and fully love?
    Can we fully know and fully love? In a world where to run for office or interview for a job or find a mate seems to… Read More...
  • Is it possible to believe in something indispensably good?
    Is it possible to believe in something indispensably good? In 1960 Disney Studios adapted a well-known children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter into a film by the same… Read More...
  • Where does darkness reside?
    Where does darkness reside? With The Dark Knight's claims to box-office pre-eminence secured, the spin cycle begins. What does this hugely popular, amazingly… Read More...
  • What is the price of our idolatry?
    What is the price of our idolatry? Andrew Dominik’s western takes place in the volatile days following the American Civil War. Adapted from Ron Hansen’s 1983… Read More...
  • Is there grace in all the awkwardness?
    Is there grace in all the awkwardness? "So it's basically the New Zeeland version of Napoleon Dynamite?" If you haven't seen Eagle Vs. Shark that's what… Read More...
  • Can we love the unknown?
    Can we love the unknown? Perhaps the most enjoyable movie I saw at Sundance last year, Rocket Science has just come out on DVD… Read More...
  • Can Blood Ever Satisfy?
    Can Blood Ever Satisfy? Meticulous, intense, huge, intimate, bleak, enigmatic. These are just a handful of the words that dance in my mind… Read More...
  • Does your life speak more loudly than your words?
    Does your life speak more loudly than your words? In a presidential election year it is impossible to escape the rhetoric of people who believe they have an… Read More...
  • Are you living in a cage?
    Are you living in a cage? The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who's stroke left his body totally paralyzed with the exception of… Read More...
  • Can we ever go home again?
    Can we ever go home again? Don't know if you noticed, but at some point in the last decade Gen X-ers transitioned to adulthood and… Read More...
  • How does who we are define what we do?
    How does who we are define what we do? Have you ever sat around with friends and asked: If a film were made about your life, who would… Read More...
  • Is love only between humans?
    Is love only between humans? Take a lonely, conflicted young man in a frozen Midwest setting. Add an anatomically correct, blow-up doll… Read More...