Why Didn't an American Make '12 Years a Slave'?
November 22, 2013
A film that finally depicts our original sin in all its horror. Made by foreigners.
Alexander Payne does not make mistakes, and that would seem to be his only serious handicap or restraint. But he has so many delicious virtues of taste, precision, and modesty. He has tragic instincts but will not succumb to melancholy.
Half a Century at the Movies
November 09, 2013
The Silence, 1964
Stanley Kauffmann's Final Film Review
November 08, 2013
Nicky’s Family is a Czech tribute (stirringly deserved) to Nicholas Winton, the Englishman who organized the rescue of mostly Jewish Czech children from Prague when the Nazis invaded. His organization has been active ever since in similar work.
When was the last time a male actor, already in his forties, and around a while, simply grabbed the kingdom?
Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
November 05, 2013
For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.
Naomi Watts Takes On the Insufferable Cult of Diana
November 01, 2013
"The film is so vague, so fuzzily adoring, that it ultimately tells us far more about the annoying endurance of the cult of Diana than it does about the princess herself."
Cormac McCarthy's Disastrous Hollywood Debut
October 23, 2013
Making a film is so hard. Sometimes you wish it had been impossible.
Why Can't Critics Deal With Films About Slavery?
October 22, 2013
Last week, I saw 12 Years a Slave and thought it was absolutely superb. For this reason, and because it concerns arguably the most important aspect of American history, I have been seeking out commentary about the film.
Is the Onion’s Film Criticism Better Than Its News Satire?
October 22, 2013