Charlie Hunnam

Bravo #LostCityOfZ

Sienna Miller

Brava #LostCityOfZ

Rhys Ifans as Edward DeVere in Anonymous

Apr 23 #ShakespeareDay

Critics Circle

It’s been an explorer’s month at the cinema! The Lost City of Z is now in theaters (aka “what was going on on the other of the planet from Arabia”), and the team will no doubt discuss it on the Critics Circle radio show this weekend. Do join us! Get the details »

Sunday is Shakespeare Day (I like to make a weekend of it.)

Long live the Earl of Oxford – as well as Jon Orloff and Rhys Ifans! Jacobi believes it, Gielgud believed it, Branagh believes it, Freud believed it, Emerson believed it, and I believe it. See why »

Featured Pieces

Below are are a few of my most popular reviews and other pieces that capture the spirit and perspective you’ll find here at Film is Life. Welcome!

2014’s 10 Best on Purpose, Love, and the Meaning of Life

2014’s 10 Best on Purpose, Love, and the Meaning of Life

There are others that have awards-worthy elements, but for overall picture, these are my tops.

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2015’s Top 10 Reflections on Human Nature

2015’s Top 10 Reflections on Human Nature

Amid the franchise flash, 2015 slowly unfolded a brilliant inquiry into the human condition.

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3Rollers: The Best in the Business

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3Rollers: The Best in the Business

The best actors in the business, and one of the truly great things in life.

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Another Earth

Another Earth

So often we say something is “like” something else. Can’t be done here. One of the best films I’ve seen in some years.

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Calvary

Calvary

A visceral knockout punch and remarkably beautiful piece of filmmaking.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This is what I’ll feel like until Andy Serkis starts getting nominated…

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Edward Norton, 10+ Titan

Edward Norton, 10+ Titan

Oct 2010: Edward Norton becomes the first 10+ Titan. The reigning King of 3Rollerdom, consider me his most loyal subject.

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Film is a Spectator Sport

Film is a Spectator Sport

For myself and my tribe (you, perhaps?), film qualifies as a spectator sport and we experience it as such. There are seven criteria an activity must meet in order to qualify and – perhaps surprisingly – film meets all seven.

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Film is Life.

Film is Life.

Movies have the power to step into, and to influence, our personal narrative. And even, if we let them, our actual journey.

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Prisoners

Prisoners

Engrossing and morally complex, emotionally grueling but merciful, and boast *three* Qualifying Roles.

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Rush

Rush

Thrilling, exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and quite deeply moving.

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Superb sci-fi action on which one could easily teach a college course or three.

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Trainwreck

Trainwreck

When Harry Met Sally…‘s naughty kid sister, destined to quietly become a classic.

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Warrior

Warrior

So good I screened it twice, and have at least three more in me (this year). Thought about it every day for over a month; destined for Desert Island. (Update June 2012: DI status bestowed.)

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Your Repertoire: What It Is and Why It’s Cool

Your Repertoire: What It Is and Why It’s Cool

If you seriously love movies (and if you’re reading this I’ll bet you do), you definitely have a Repertoire. Here we’ll discuss what it is, why it’s cool, and how to develop it.

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