November 2009

The Box (2009)
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella
Running Time: 1 hr, 55 min
Rated: PG-13

Review by Brother Reed

Imagine that a mysterious package shows up on your doorstep one day. It contains a simple box with one identifiable feature: a large, red button on the top. The deal is this. If you press the button, two things will happen. First, somewhere in the world, someone whom you don’t know will die. Second, you will receive a payment of one million US dollars. In cash. No taxes. Should you press the button? Perhaps a better question: would you? That’s the premise behind The Box, a confounding speculative thriller with more ideas than it has sense. The Box is certainly high-concept, and the pitch drew me to the theater over other more prominent movies like 2012 that promised predictable structures and events. In that measure I choose well. The Box is not a predictable film, and I can pretty much guarantee you won’t expect most of what happens in the last two-thirds. I also suspect that if you put any thought into the film – and it wants you to – it will give you and whoever you see it with a lot to chew over. However, that is about as far as my praise for the movie extends. If you have to see this, don’t see it alone. But better yet, don’t see it at all.  READ FULL REVIEW

By Brother Reed

I’m not the type of person who watches movies repeatedly until they are driven so far underground they will never again see the light of day. At least I try not to let that happen. Usually if I’ve seen a movie within the last year it’s too soon to be watching it again, especially since there are so many new (and old) films to be discovered. Plus if you’ve ever listened to a song you love so many times you begin to loathe it, you know it’s not a pretty situation. And honestly some movies just aren’t worth revisiting. A decent movie is worth watching once. A great movie at least twice. But there’s a very special charm to a movie that stands up to multiple, repeat viewings. Maybe they’re deep, maybe quotable, or maybe you relate to them. Maybe they’re bizarre, or simple, or conjure up a place and time, a mood that you seek out.

The movies on this list are not necessarily films that age like fine wines. In fact most are comedies and kind of juvenile at that. The movies that made this list are the ones that I most often feel the urge to pop in the player. Comfort movies, maybe, which for some reason beg to be seen again and again. These are not my favorite films. They’re not even the ones I’ve actually seen the most (or else Toy Story, Hook, and Homeward Bound would be on the list). But all of them I’ve seen at least three times, and can easily say I will want to see them three times more. READ FULL ARTICLE