Around the web: Morefield on TIFF, Trailer for “Doubt,” Hurst and Wright on the Coens, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Revolutionary Road, and the NY Times on Wallace and Lean.

Tid-bits, odds-and-ends, and noteworthy items from around the wonderful world of the wide web:

– Over at the Looking Closer blog, Jeffrey Oversrteet is posting a series of film reviews by critic Kenneth R. Morefield from the Toronto International Film Festival. Included are reviews of the Dardenne brother’s newestLorna’s Silence Two Legged Horse, and Wendy and Lucy.

Morefield is a fantastic, insightful film critic and I am thankful that Jeffrey invited him to write for Looking Closer. Thanks Jeffrey!

Here is the trailer for Doubt, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams. As Mr. Overstreet wrote, it looks like one of those rare films that takes religious faith seriously. Oh, and Roger Deakins is its D.P.! You can tell. It looks beautiful.

Josh Hurst has some interesting news about one talented comedian.

– And his review of the new Coen brothers flick, Burn After Reading is now up at Christianity Today Movies.

– Greg Wright also has thoughts about Burn.

– Have you seen the trailer for Scott Derrickson’s (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) The Day the Earth Stood Still? Well, now First Showing has an extended preview of the film.

First Showing also has posted some trailer-like footage from Revolutionary Road, co-starring Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet (their first project together since…. Titanic…)

Bruce Webber on the late David Foster Wallace. Wallace, a novelist (his most famous novel is Infinite Jest) and satirist, died from an apparent suicide yesterday morning. Webber writes:

A versatile writer of seemingly bottomless energy, Mr. Wallace was a maximalist, exhibiting in his work a huge, even manic curiosity — about the physical world, about the much larger universe of human feelings and about the complexity of living in America at the end of the 20th century. He wrote long books, complete with reflective and often hilariously self-conscious footnotes, and he wrote long sentences, with the playfulness of a master punctuater and the inventiveness of a genius grammarian. Critics often noted that he was not only an experimenter and a showoff, but also a God-fearing moralist with a fierce honesty in confronting the existence of contradiction.

This is a terribly sad loss for literary community, not to mention his family and friends. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

– Paste’s Andy Whitman has his own thoughts on Wallace.

– Terrence Rafferty, also from The NY Times, has written an interesting article on filmmaker David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai). Here is an exerpt:

Maybe the signature shot of Lean’s career is the long, long take of Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) approaching across the sands in “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), an indistinct, heat-shimmery figure gradually coming into focus in the blinding desert sun. That spectacular shot is, in a way, this filmmaker’s career in miniature, progressing slowly, waveringly, from very small to very large, and demanding our attention at every stage. Lean, an Englishman to the marrow of his bones, was from the beginning an artist fascinated by both the small and the large, oscillating between his attraction to the one and his yearning for the other — between the domestic, you might say, and the imperial.


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