23. July 2005 22:52
<i>The Woodsman</i>, starring real-life couple Kevin Bacon
and Kyra Sedgwick is a thoughtful, plaintive movie about a difficult
subject. Walter, played with grace and restraint by Kevin Bacon,
is a sex offender recently released from prison after 11 years.
He takes a job based at a lumberyard based on a favor and is befriended
by Vicki (Sedgwick) who wonders about his reticence and secrets.
When he finally tells her his secret, she first laughs and then is
stunned that he is telling the truth.
Their relationship, along with other relationships in the movie, are
refreshing in that they do not follow typical clichés. Two roles
in particular -- Benjamin Bratt as Walter’s brother-in-law and Mos Def
as the sergeant responsible for keeping an eye on Walter -- take on
additional depth and honesty because of good performances and nuanced
Bacon and Sedgwick are both playing down their natural screen charisma
here, with unflattering haircuts and sallow faces. In particular
Bacon’s body language and the feel of his character are very
convincing. This becomes rather uncomfortable at times, as
Bacon’s character is sympathetic even while he struggles with the
temptations of falling back into his old ways. The movie takes
several unsuspecting turns, even as you think you have things figured
out. Although the path Walter takes may ultimately not seem
completely believable, the strength of the performances and the
willingness of the film to tackle the subject matter head-on make it a
good choice for fans of more serious and thought-provoking dramas.
19. July 2005 20:45
I decided to give BlogCritics a try, since some of my posts are reviews
of music or movies. My March of the Penguins
review is also my
first post up on the BlogCritics site.
for March of the Penguins
19. July 2005 16:53
It’s rather ironic that because of improvements in
technology we are better able to study nature.
March of the Penguins joins other recent nature documentaries such as
Winged Migration in giving us a more intimate view of the life of animals than
ever before. The emperor penguin is the
sole subject of this film and other than an occasional glimpse of underwater
life and a rather scary encounter with a leopard seal, most of the time we are
watching penguins. And they are a funny
subject, inherently funny animals really. Between their tuxedo-like coloring, upright
swaying gait and belly slides on the ice, they can be rather fun to watch.
The main thrust of the film is the yearly migration these
birds make across the ice to their birthplace to mate. It’s a hard journey in treacherous conditions
that change frequently. The ice flows
and mountains can be different from year to year, yet some internal compass
guides their way. The whole process of
bringing a baby penguin into the world is rife with struggle and hardship, in
temperatures where a new egg will freeze solid and burst if left unattended for
more than a minute. The movie focuses a
lot on the interesting role reversals between mommy and daddy penguin, who trade
off duties tending the egg and if all goes well, the newly hatched chick for a
number of months during the bitter winter.
All in all, this is an interesting film for both adults and
kids and between the pace and the beauty of the cinematography, neither should
be bored watching the penguins march across the ice.
9. July 2005 12:37
After much delay, I finally have photos up of my new condo
and my Nashville trip
1. July 2005 07:29
So I'm the latest to jump on the Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
generally steer well clear of anything popular among evangelicals, but
I've heard good things about the book from a lot of places and any
writer compared to Anne Lamott is probably worth a look. Our
small group is going to discuss the book along with Traveling Mercies : Some Thoughts on Faith
He had me on the first page when he writes
At church they told us we were children of God, but I knew God's family
was better than mine, that He had a daughter who was a cheerleader
and a son who played football.
That's good writing. There have been other chuckles along the way
as well (and I'm only in chapter 2), chuckles that come more from a
shared experience of the human condition and from Donald being unafraid
to just be honest. That's the bulk of what's needed in the
American church, at least it's a good start.