Steven Spielberg is really good at making movies. We all know that, of course; we all love Jaws and Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. But a movie like The Post , a movie that tells so cleanly and forcefully a knotty procedural tale, reminds us just how good he really is. Just watch his camera … Continue reading Review: The Post
With Brigsby Bear and Ingrid Goes West, we’re beginning to see cinema treat millineal internet culture not just an easy joke, but as a legitimate object of artistic study. Ingrid looks at Instagram the same way Joan Didion and the New Journalists looked at 1970s pop culture, but Brigsby Bear takes a more surreal approach … Continue reading Review: Brigsby Bear
About twenty minutes in to Paddington 2, the titular bear, falsely imprisoned for theft, stares into a jailhouse washing machine to find a red sock floating among black and white striped uniforms. “What’s the worst that can happen,” Paddington asks himself as the camera pulls back from the bear’s face, through the tumbling clothes before … Continue reading Review: Paddington 2
In Mudbound‘s opening scene, two white brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie McAllen (Garrett Hedlund) dig their father’s grave while a storm thunders towards them. But when he uncovers the remains of a runaway slave, Henry insists they move, refusing to bury his Klansman father Pappy (Jonathan Banks) in a slave’s grave. The film cuts … Continue reading Review: Mudbound
In my most recent piece for Think Christian, I wrote about Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I initially loved the movie, completely taken by the movie's audacity and Frances McDormand's amazing performance as Mildred Hayes. As I chewed on it, the movie's choppy storytelling and nihilistic humor bothered me more and more, and … Continue reading Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer
Loving Vincent, a completely painted animated film about Vincent Van Gough, is a can’t-miss idea that does not miss, but it doesn’t really satisfy either.
Because I'm the sole writer, editor, and programmer (and, to be honest, viewer) of Renewed Mind Movie Talk, I've only done movies I like. Sure, I've skipped over some stranger flicks I enjoy in favor of something more popular, and thus more likely to gain viewers, but I haven't spent time on a movie I … Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Transformative Forms of Love (Renewed Mind Movie Talk)