Into the Wild: a poetic meditation on freedom

Once every couple of years, there comes a movie that is both unapologetically soulful and offers a gentle philosophical take on one of the timeless myths and human tendencies. In Sean Penn's latest film, the trick is that the full implications of the myth and of the thing that drives the protagonist are not fully driven home and illustrated until the last act. Based on a book by Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild follows Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who decides to abandon his … [Read more...]

Revisiting Serenity: Universal considering sequel, says actor

It is definitely a great week for science fiction fans. First, there's Deckard dreaming about electric unicorns on the big screen again and yesterday there was this: "They had to put [the new Serenity DVD] out because they’ve been selling out of the other one and so Universal’s like ‘So, let’s do another one.’" Moviehole's Clint Morris talked to Alan Tudyk, recently seen playing Doc Potter in 3:10 to Yuma, so that's where the quote comes from. Apparently, DVD sales are reprising the success of … [Read more...]

Review: David Lynch’s Inland Empire

How many characters does Laura Dern play in Inland Empire, how are the contexts in which those characters appear interrelated and is there even any point in asking any of those questions in light of the fact that Lynch himself said that he shot the film without a script? (And what does that mean, without a script, anyway?) Does the film end after the credits roll or only after Laura Dern gets the well-deserved Oscar? And why is it that, when you're watching that rabbit in the beginning, the … [Read more...]