Mariage Macabre

Ah, sweet mystery of life... If there's one thing we all know about Tim Burton, it's that he rarely does anything normal, and even then the weirdness shines through. His films have a tangibility in an age of CG that is very unusual and personal, and one of the best in my opinion is 2005's … Continue reading Mariage Macabre

Taking Off the Mask

Time to rock out, all... It's always interesting when Christian artists (or any musicians) dabble in moviemaking, and 2008's The Imposter sports not one artist, but three: dc Talk alum Kevin Max, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, and Jeff Deyo, formerly of Sonicflood. Not to be confused with the Gary Sinise film, The Imposter follows Johnny … Continue reading Taking Off the Mask

Page To Screen: Minority Report

We all know how Phillip K. Dick's work is a fixture on the big screen. He's like Jane Austen that way, only with computers and big chase scenes. One of his more underrated stories is The Minority Report, which first appeared in the January, 1956 issue of the sci-fi magazine, Fantastic Universe. Then in 2002 it was … Continue reading Page To Screen: Minority Report

Mutants Among Us

Earl Grey. Hot. Oh, wait. 😉 One of my favorite of Patrick Stewart's non-Star Trek roles is that of Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, a paen to the marginalized and disenfranchised among us. It's hard to believe the first movie is twenty years old this year. And that it's from a time when the bulk of … Continue reading Mutants Among Us

Shamedown #11: Bright Star

We've made it, friends--the last Shamedown of 2019. Can you believe it? I sure can't. Anyone who's wondering what the heck I'm talking about can find answers at Cinema Shame. Past 2019 Shamedowns can be found here. John Keats is part of every English major's academic diet in one way or another. Born in 1795 … Continue reading Shamedown #11: Bright Star

Page To Screen: Tuck Everlasting

Living forever is an interesting idea. What would you do if you had all the time in the world? I would think it would get boring after a while because you would see history cycle around and cycle around with people and nations making the same mistakes over and over again. If a being isn't … Continue reading Page To Screen: Tuck Everlasting

It’s Not Showbiz

I've written about Christian movies on here before and how they tend to be a mixed bag. However 2006's The Second Chance is one of the basically decent ones I wish would get made more often. Starring Grammy and Dove Award winner, Michael W. Smith, Jeff Obafemi Carr and J. Don Ferguson, the film is … Continue reading It’s Not Showbiz

Shamedown #8: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

For those of you who would like to find out what all this strange Shame business is about, please visit Cinema Shame. Past 2019 Shamedowns can be found here. The timing of this Shamedown is ironic, as today we're remembering those we lost on 9-11. On the other hand, it's oddly appropriate. There are so … Continue reading Shamedown #8: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Form and Function

Time to talk shop. The costume shop, that is... Chinese cinema can be very interesting, and one of the most famous (sorta) recent films is 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee. This visually arresting movie is part romance, part traditional Chinese fantasy, part Hollywood, and all spectacle. It opens at a typical village on … Continue reading Form and Function

Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

It's been ten years since Nora Ephron's swan song, Julie and Julia. It was an ambitious film for her and it also wasn't, because it features expected and loved Ephron trademarks of witty dialogue and deft character development. What's unusual for the Ephron canon is that Julie and Julia juxtaposes the lives of two unique … Continue reading Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

Watch Closely

Okay, so my regular readers have probably noticed that things have slowed down a bit this month on Taking Up Room. Job stuff and the end-of-the-school-year rat race have gotten in the way, not to mention basically having no Internet for a week, but the current sluggishness is all about to change. For the next ten … Continue reading Watch Closely

Waiting to Blink

We all know that airports are funny places. They're worlds of their own. As long as one stays within their confines, they're a way of going somewhere while not going somewhere. It's almost like being in purgatory without dying. Obviously, airports are not places where we spend a whole lot of time, but what if … Continue reading Waiting to Blink

The Fade-out of Cameron Crowe

"As someone once said, 'There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco.'" It's ironic that 2005's Elizabethtown kicks off with that line, because the film isn't considered one of Cameron Crowe's best, not by a long shot. For all intents and purposes, it's Crowe's swan song. Cameron Crowe was, of course, the successor to John Hughes, … Continue reading The Fade-out of Cameron Crowe