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  • A Transporting Vision

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    I have watched Spirited Away more times than I can count, and each time I notice new details. I’m not sure how I never noticed before today the way Haku steps out of his shoes as he steps up into the bath house of the spirits while another … read more

  • The List Is Life

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    From the armbands to the ghettos, from forced labor to extermination camps and beyond, Schindler’s List covers the successive historical stages of the Final Solution more comprehensively than any other popular film had at the time, or… read more

  • Not Just Capra-Corn

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    “A figment of simple Pollyanna platitudes,” New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote in 1946. “A terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams,” another New York Times writer wrote… read more

  • Souls Don't Die

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Two lavish new Blu-ray editions of The Iron Giant debut on September 6, including a director’s cut with a pair of restored deleted scenes.  There is a purity to Brad Bird’s directorial debut The Iron&… read more

  • Three Ages of Pixar

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    In theaters June 17, Finding Dory is the latest in an ongoing string of sequels from a once-brilliant company that, at its peak, seemed never to look back   For 15 astonishing years, from 1995 to 2009, Pixar created a body of work — 10 films &mdash… read more

  • Make Mine Marvel

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The two big superhero films of May, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse, are set in separate cinematic versions of the Marvel Comics universe, Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox’s X-Men universe. What the two franchises … read more

  • Whit Stillman and the discreet charm of the urban haute bourgeoisie

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    A Whit Stillman Trilogy debuts on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection on April 19, 2016. He’s been called “the WASP Woody Allen,” but I prefer my friend Ron Reed’s moniker for Whit Stillman: “the Jane Austen of indie film… read more

  • A Modest, Mighty, Miracle

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Every year around Easter my family and I watch The Miracle Maker. We also rotate through other Jesus films: Some years we have watched Jesus of Nazareth (not all of it, or not all at once, but at least the Passion Week material), or Cecil B… read more

  • The Subversive Non Subversiveness of Phineas & Ferb

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    There are at least a half-dozen reasons Phineas and Ferb never should have existed, and how fortunate for viewers of all ages that it does. It’s no wonder show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh were unable to get it on … read more

  • The Down-to-Earth Comic Genius of Harold Lloyd

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    When the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth himself, gets in the back of his cab and asks for a ride to Yankee Stadium, star-struck “Speedy” can hardly believe his good luck—and on his first day on the job, too.   In reality, much like his… read more

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