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Much Acclaim About Almost Nothing

June 19, 2013 |

Much Ado About Nothing is easy bait for would-be Shakespeareans. The low-hanging fruit of the comedies, it is the most translatable to a modern audience because of the simplicity of its plot and characters. In some …

Scarface

June 11, 2013 |

THE WORLD IS YOURS … proclaims a marquee atop the Goodyear Blimp. The phrase clearly strikes a chord with Tony Montana since he has it inscribed on a giant, Atlas-like globe and sets it as the …

Stepping Back: The Key to Star Wars

May 25, 2013 |

“One of the things that I’m doing in these films, to give it a little bit of a reality, is to give the shots a kind of documentary feel, where things float off the shot. I …

The Forgotten Virtue of Star Trek

May 17, 2013 | 3

Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that …

Why Star Trek Endures

May 17, 2013 |

In the realm of science fiction, there is a big divide between Trekkers and Star Wars fans. I consider myself the latter, and always enjoyed the more mystical, quasi-religious elements of Star Wars to the technical …

Grace and Modernism in "Journey to Italy"

May 9, 2013 |

Take it for what it’s worth, but speaking as a bachelor, if there is a greater movie about marriage than Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954) floating around out there in filmdom, then I haven’t seen …

John Huston's "Wise Blood"

April 28, 2013 |

Periodically at my church, St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, I host an evening in which I show a film and then lead a discussion afterwards focusing on the finer points of film artistry and …

Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”

April 26, 2013 | 1

In The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick crafted a grandiose yet personal theodicy through a family story against the cosmic backdrop of creation and redemption. His new film To the Wonder is equally existential …

Oblivion: Obliviously Obvious

April 19, 2013 |

Near the beginning of Oblivion, Tom Cruise stands in the middle of a destroyed stadium and eagerly recounts the climactic moments of a big football game to his colleague. Despite his enthusiasm, she doesn’t seem …