I’m Not There

Musical biopic/mockumentary/weird undefinable something Written by Todd Haynes and Oren Moverman Directed by Todd Haynes Artists should experiment, try new things, push the boundaries of their art. There can be no masterpieces without experimentation. But since experimentation involves trying something that may or may not work, failure is a real possibility. (I'm talking about artistic … Continue reading I’m Not There

Recommendations and Warnings: Chaplin, Rats, and Balloons

The Red Balloon and White Mane, Rafael, Lumiere, and Shattuck, opens Friday for one week. Janus Films put two Albert Lamorisse short children's films together into one feature-length package. Lamorisse's masterpiece "The Red Balloon" introduced me to a cinema beyond Hollywood when I was too young to read subtitles. They're not necessary; Lamorisse uses visuals, … Continue reading Recommendations and Warnings: Chaplin, Rats, and Balloons


B Family-friendly fantasy comedy Written by Bill Kelly Directed by Kevin Lima Howard Hawks’ famous criteria for a great film–three good scenes and no bad ones–almost applies to this family fantasy. It has more than three great scenes. But it also has a few that border on the edge of just plain bad, and some … Continue reading Enchanted