Rant by Nate
Unlike my LTBM compatriots, I’m probably at the bottom of the list with the lowest number of new releases watched this year. I don’t mention it in my reviews but I’m in grad school, student teaching at a local high school, working at a hospital, and I lead worship at a home fellowship group. I also have my responsibilities as a husband and father to attend to. So, the point is, I’m stretched pretty thin. However, I was able to sneak out and catch 7 new releases. I’ll discuss them in the order that I saw them. Continue Reading
I know what you’re thinking, “What’s a podcast review doing on a movie review blog?” Well chill out, this podcast is about movies. So there!
Regular readers of LTBM are no doubt familiar with the title ‘More Than One Lesson’. Tyler Smith is a writer and podcaster over at More Than One Lesson (MTOL), as well as a guest writer on a quarterly basis with us here. MTOL is a movie discussion podcast from a Christian perspective. Tyler Smith and co-host Josh Long publish regular episodes about 60 to 90 minutes in length a couple of times a month. They also publish “Minisodes”, which are about half the length. Content is about a ‘PG’ rating depending of course on the movie being discussed, but Tyler and Josh do a wonderful job of “keeping it clean” and bring some great insights into films which you may otherwise disregard as having much to say spiritually.
Review by Nathan Sala with Clear Lens
After initially seeing the trailer, I was excited to see this movie. I am a fan of “Being John Malkovich” so I anticipated another crazy episode in a surrealistic, Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman universe. “Malkovich,” for those who don’t know, was about a puppeteer who discovered a way to crawl inside the actor John Malkovich’s mind and control him. Much of that film cleverly reinvented itself on the spot thereby eliminating any sense of predictability (which I thoroughly enjoyed). In “Her” Jonze abandons Kaufman’s surrealism and adopts a more straightforward approach. Unfortunately, as surrealism exits, predictability and just, plain weirdness ensues. And when I say “weirdness,” I don’t mean the cool kind. Continue Reading