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Essays & Film Reviews

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 …

Thoughts on "To the Wonder"

April 12, 2013 |

Terrence Malick’s new film, To the Wonder, premieres this weekend. The latest from the acclaimed filmmaker of The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and Badlands, is already prompting quite nuanced …

The Underrated “You’ve Got Mail”

March 25, 2013 |

Tina Hassannia on You’ve Got Mail (1998):

Considering how much technology has permeated our culture in the last decade and how much it continues to evolve through transient shibboleths, a film like You’ve Got Mail seems …

Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

March 15, 2013 |

Lincoln brings together one of the greatest directors of our time with one of the most important US Presidents of all time. Years ago, when news broke that Steven Spielberg was developing this film I was …

“Andrei Rublev” and Vocation

March 13, 2013 |

Daniel Siedell writes about The Passion of Andrei Rublev (1966) at Cultivare:

Tarkovsky narrates Rublev’s spiritual crisis brought on by a call from the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius outside of Moscow, the spiritual center of …

Law & “Les Misérables”

February 25, 2013 |

Michael W. Hannon“Blessed Are Les Misérables: For Theirs Is the True Philosophy of Law”

Les Misérables is undoubtedly a story of grace and repentance, but it is also a story of law—one that …

Tolkien & Typology

February 21, 2013 |

Over at Mere Orthodoxy, Chris Krycho discsuses Tolkien and typology.

In his foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien boldly declares his dislike of allegory and notes that, whatever critics …

Love and “The New World”

February 14, 2013 |

Jeffrey Overstreet on Terrence Malick’s The New World

If you’ve followed this blog for a few years, you may have grown tired of my enthusiasm for Terrence Malick’s The New World. Deal with it. The New

Tolkien & Hollywood Angst

February 14, 2013 |

Chris Kycho writes about Tolkien and Peter Jackson over at Mere Orthodoxy

There are two fundamental types of conflict in literature: external and internal. External conflicts pit the character against forces in the world around them: …