In 60 Seconds: 42! To the Wonder! Jurassic Park! Ghibli! More!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:56 PM Comments (5)

More 60 second reviews than you can shake a stick at! In this batch:

  • The old-fashioned Jackie Robinson biopic 42!
  • The latest from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), To the Wonder!
  • The original Jurassic Park, now in theaters in 3D!
  • The latest from my beloved Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill!
  • The Hollywood horror remake Evil Dead, based on the cult favorite by Sam Raimi!
  • The Ryan Gosling/Bradley Cooper indie crime drama, The Place Beyond the Pines!

(For The Croods, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Call and more, see the last batch of 60s.)

42 (SDG)

 

42 (DD)

 

To the Wonder (SDG)

 

Jurassic Park (SDG)

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Return of 60 Sec Reviews! The Croods! Oz! Burt Wonderstone! More!

Friday, March 22, 2013 5:40 PM Comments (1)

New 60s! After a hiatus since December, here are short takes on the latest films from David and me. Enjoy!

The Croods (SDG)

Oz the Great and Powerful (SDG)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (SDG)

The Call (SDG)

Oz the Great and Powerful (DD)

Jack the Giant Slayer (DD)

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Best Films of 2014: More Lists

Friday, February 01, 2013 9:33 AM Comments (0)

Oops! You’re a year early. (Okay, technically, it’s my fault for botching the URL and linking to the wrong location.) Try Best Films of 2013: More Lists.

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Best Films of 2012: More Lists

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:17 AM Comments (17)

Last week, I published my 2012 wrap-up and top films list. Now I turn my attention to other best-film lists.

Perusing the lists below (and bearing my own picks in mind), a number of recurring titles stand out—above all The Kid with a Bike (my #1 film of 2012), appearing on every list below except one. (Actually, my friend Ken Morefield clarifies that The Kid with a Bike did appear on his top 10 list — for 2011. So it’s unanimous!)

Other oft-cited titles include Moonrise Kingdom, Lincoln, Les MisérablesThe Loneliest Planet, Looper and Brave.

While it’s natural to focus on these “consensus films,” idiosyncratic choices can also be worth attending to. A number of films called out by...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Les Misérables! The Impossible! More!

Friday, December 21, 2012 1:08 PM Comments (11)

Since it appears reports of the world’s demise were greatly exaggerated, I’m pleased to share with you our latest 60-second reviews from Reel Faith. (I’m also pleased that the world intends to go on because I just completed my first semester of diaconal studies this week! Seven more to go!)

Incidentally, the holiday season winter finale airs tonight at 9pm; David and I discuss Les Misérables and The Impossible and offer a sneak peak at some contenders for our 2012 top 10 lists. (Watch NET live)

You can still catch last week’s show, with The Hobbit and Hyde Park on Hudson, at the show’s website. I’ve also re-included our 60s for those films, in case you missed them earlier.

Les...READ MORE

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SDG & Raymond Arroyo on Les Miz, The Hobbit, Lincoln & more!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:20 AM Comments (3)

Last Thursday I did a brief segment on EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo discussing Les Misérables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Raymond and I also taped a 10-minute after show discussing Lincoln and Skyfall as well as more Les Miz and The Hobbit. You can watch the full show on YouTube, but I’ve embedded the after show here for your viewing pleasure.

The latest 60 second reviews are also here: David and I both offer our takes on The Hobbit, and I give my take on the Bill Murray as FDR film Hyde Park on Hudson. Our latest episode of “Reel Faith,” in which David and I review those two films, should be up soon at the website; you can still see us...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Anna Karenina! Hitchcock! More!

Friday, December 07, 2012 7:45 AM Comments (5)

New 60s! David and I offer our short takes on three of the films we’ll be reviewing on tonight’s brand-new “Reel Faith” at 9pm EST on NET (watch live), plus David offers a second look at Life of Pi that’s rather different from the very mixed response I had in the last batch of 60s. (By the way, you can still catch last week’s show at the website.) Enjoy!

Anna Karenina

Hitchcock

Silver Linings Playbook

Life of Pi

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In 60 Seconds: Life of Pi! Rise of the Guardians! More!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:07 AM Comments (2)

New 60 second reviews!

Are you watching “Reel Faith”? This Friday at 9pm EST, David and I will be reviewing Anna Karenina, Hitchcock and Silver Linings Playbook (watch NET live). (Last week’s episode, featuring Rise of the Guardians, Twilight and Life of Pi is still to come at the show’s website; right now at that link you can still catch our holiday season premiere featuring Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph and Skyfall.

P.S. For readers waiting for my next written review…it’s coming soon. (Hint: It starts with a party.)

Life of Pi (SDG)

Rise of the Guardians (DD)

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (DD)

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.