Reviews

Despicable Me

Elijah Davidson
Despicable Me
Despicable Me is anything but despicable. Following How To Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3 this summer movie season (both excellent films in their own rights), Despicable Me carries a charm all its own. It is engaging and fun in just about every possible way...

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine M. Barsotti
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
The film Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man is a visual and musical memoir of the legendary singer-songwriter of the 60’s and 70’s, Leonard Cohen, and the current artists he has influenced. This documentary, while centering on the “Come So Far for Beauty” concert at the Sydney Opera House in 2005 in honor of Cohen, also includes intimate interviews with this Canadian beat poet who put much of his work to music, and with the artists who draw inspiration from him...

A Prairie Home Companion

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine M. Barsotti
A Prairie Home Companion
Similar to the radio show, which has been on the air since 1974 (or as Guy Noir says, “…since Jesus was in the 3rd grade.”), this fictional movie is not about anything in particular really. Less about plot (the viewer is supposedly getting a behind-the-scenes look at the final radio broadcast of the show due to the sale of the Fitzgerald Theater to a cold-hearted corporate hack), the film is more about moments, songs, conversations, and characters...

Iris

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine M. Barsotti
Iris
“Iris,” the most adult film of the three movies, is also a true story of a woman stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Adapted from John Bayley’s (portrayed by Jim Broadbent) memoir of his wife, the philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch (Judi Dench), the movie shows viewers their 40-plus year marriage. It movingly brings to light the love and pain which commitment can bring, particularly when one of the life partners slowly loses her mind to Alzheimer’s disease...

I Am Sam

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine M. Barsotti
I Am Sam
Though the plot is somewhat predictable and a tear-jerker (in the best and worst sense of the phrase), Sam’s unconditional, unabashed, and inexhaustible love for Lucy is inspiring to any parent regardless of their I.Q. Even Rita is transformed, as she discovers her own humanity by seeing the beauty of Sam’s...

A Beautiful Mind

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine M. Barsotti
A Beautiful Mind
Mental illness is not something we “successful and self-reliant” Americans like to look at. Thus, these portrayals give us a window into persons we often otherwise fail to see...

2012

Elijah Davidson
2012
2012 is ridiculous in an awesome kind of way, but what else can you expect from a disaster movie literally about the end of the world?

Side Effects - Visual Parables

Ed McNulty
Side Effects - Visual Parables
We’ve all heard those pharmaceutical commercials in which the warning about the medication’s side effects takes up more time than the rosy claim that this pill is the salvation from the ailment making your life miserable...

Lars and the Real Girl

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine E. Barsotti
Lars and the Real Girl
Lars and the Real Girl is like the medieval miracle and morality plays. These portrayals of biblical stories and ethical tales were staples of village life in pre-literate Europe and the Middle East. These plays spread the teachings of the Bible and Gospels far and wide...

An Inconvenient Truth

Dr. Robert K. Johnston and Catherine E. Barsotti
An Inconvenient Truth
Nothing has been more surprising - and encouraging - than the warm, continuing support movie goers have given An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s sobering presentation on global warming. Little more than a gussied-up version of the slide show Gore has presented worldwide to more than a thousand audiences since the late eighties, the film has nevertheless proven compelling...
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