The Coens Keep the Faith

From the February 2011 Print Edition

Famous for the Oscar-winning movies Fargo and No Country for Old Men , the team of filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are less well-known for their spiritual undertakings. Today’s most popular notion of sophistication emphasizes cynical humor, and the Coen Brothers are certainly renowned . . . . Continue Reading »

A Tangled Mess

From the December 2010 Print Edition

By changing the title of the Rapunzel fairy tale to Tangled, the folks at Disney have found a perfect euphemism to represent today’s cultural confusion. But so many conflicting interests are apparent in this animated reboot—hewing (at least a little) to the Disney fairy tale—musical . . . . Continue Reading »

The Lost Dimension

From the June/July 2010 Print Edition

The 3-D explosion in Hollywood may add depth to the screen, but Armond White argues that it subtracts from the movies. Out of real ideas, Hollywood is banking on 3-D, a gimmick last popularized in the 1950s to combat the first wave of television viewership, to help the industry catch up with . . . . Continue Reading »

Do Movie Critics Matter?

From the April 2010 Print Edition

It’s always a good year at the movies, even if the great films can be counted on a few digits and never get mentioned at the Academy Awards. That’s why we need film critics—to help us understand the state of movies, our cultural life, and our general moral and political being. On the occasion . . . . Continue Reading »

Do Movie Critics Matter?

From Web Exclusives

It’s always a good year at the movies, even if the great films can be counted on a few digits and never get mentioned at the Academy Awards. That’s why we need film critics”to help us understand the state of movies, our cultural life, and our general moral and political being… . Continue Reading »

Why Nine Got Only Four

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It’s a sign of the times that Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic ”widely considered the best film ever made about filmmaking”has been remade in such a way that its famous story of one man’s artistic and spiritual crisis no longer resembles itself… . Continue Reading