Wednesday, December 18 2013
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
Monday, April 18 2011
This is swashbuckling fun, but C.S. Lewis's original story seems to have been lost at sea.
Thursday, December 9 2010
There are sword fights aplenty (as bloodless as ever), but instead of a real story, we are left clinging to individual moments.
Sunday, October 14 2007
Give me the boy at age seven, and I'll give you the man. The Jesuits may have had something with that saying, especially after watching Michael Apted's masterwork 49 years into the making.
Monday, March 19 2007
Through the gentle observation and simple exploration of life’s quotidian nature, the Up Series achieves a dramatic relevancy that simple fiction or melodrama could never equal.
Thursday, February 22 2007
The movie's thematic insistence on seeing takes shape through slavery, a horrible moral blight even if it's off-screen in the colonies and not in London with our heroes.
Monday, October 14 2013
This remarkable documentary series has offered glimpses of its subjects' experiences, versions of reality constructed and set into a complex dialogue with their viewers.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
In the eighth installment of Michael Apted’s epochal documentary series, his aging participants (one of cinema’s greatest assemblage of living characters) provide not just a telescope into the past but also a kind of primer for how to live, even as the specter of mortality starts to cast its shadow.