Sarah Greydanus Reviews Whisper of the Heart

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:17 PM Comments (23)

Note: Eight years ago, I collaborated with my nine-year-old daughter Sarah on a brief review of an animated film starring Clifford the Big Red Dog. It seems like yesterday, yet here Sarah is about to be a college student. In fact, she's leaving us this week. Her writing and her critical insights have matured a great deal in the last eight years, and over the years she's tried her hand at a few more movie reviews. This one, an essay on the Studio Ghibli coming-of-age tale Whisper of the Heart, is, I think, one of her best; certainly the first review I wrote as a college graduate (for the Warren Beatty film Dick Tracy, as I recall) doesn't hold a candle to this. Sarah captures this film so...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Ruby Sparks! Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3!

Friday, August 03, 2012 2:47 PM Comments (0)

Latest 60s. Enjoy!

Ruby Sparks (SDG)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (DD)

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Lots of 60s! The Watch! Dark Knight Rises! Savages! Spider-Man! More!

Friday, July 27, 2012 12:14 PM Comments (2)

I've been out of pocket a bit recently, so I've got quite a backlog of 60 Second Reviews! David DiCerto and I offer our takes on The Watch, The Dark Knight Rises, Savages, The Amazing Spider-Man, People Like Us, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ted!

The Watch (SDG)

The Watch (DD)

The Dark Knight Rises (SDG)

The Dark Knight Rises (DD)

Savages (SDG)

The Amazing Spider-Man (SDG)

People Like Us (DD)

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ted (DD)

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My favorite film blogging: Looking Closer & FilmChat

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:53 PM Comments (13)

Regular readers have noticed that my film blogging has been lighter of late—and if anything, that trend is going to continue, for reasons that will become clear soon.

For now, though, I want to highlight a welcome development in film blogging that I’m very much looking forward to following in the months and years ahead.

Two of my dear friends and fellow film writers have joined the new Film channel at Patheos: Jeffrey Overstreet of Looking Closer and Peter Chattaway of FilmChat.

I’m especially pleased to see Peter coming out of a long blogging and writing hiatus. Jeff has remained consistently prolific as long as I’ve been reading him, but I’ve missed Peter’s presence for awhile,...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: To Rome With Love! Beasts of the Southern Wild! More!

Friday, June 29, 2012 4:29 PM Comments (1)

Latest Reel Faith 60 Second Reviews … enjoy!

To Rome, With Love

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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In 60 Seconds: Pixar's Brave! Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

Friday, June 22, 2012 4:25 PM Comments (3)

Latest Reel Faith 60 Second Reviews from David and me! Enjoy! And watch tonight's episode at 8pm Eastern!

Brave (SDG)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Brave (DD)

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In 60 Seconds: Moonrise Kingdom! Rock of Ages! More!

Friday, June 15, 2012 1:31 PM Comments (6)

Latest “Reel Faith” 60-second reviews … enjoy!

Moonrise Kingdom (SDG)

Rock of Ages (DD)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DD)

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DON'T read reviews of Pixar's 'Brave'!

The trouble with spoilers … and the magic of discovery.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:04 AM Comments (71)

Last week I screened Pixar’s new movie Brave with my oldest daughter Sarah. I’m still under embargo and can’t tell you what I thought of the film until next week — but I can tell you this much.

Reviews from the Hollywood trade journals (Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, etc.) and perhaps other sources are starting to appear … and they all freely reveal a key second-act plot twist that I went into Brave not knowing. And I’m sure that more reviews, as they come out, will do the same.

What these reviews treat as basic background information came as a complete surprise to me — a surprise I’m grateful for. It’s not in the trailers, which mostly focus on the first act, culminating in an...READ MORE

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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.