Kingdom of Heaven – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on on 5-12-05)

Kingdom of Heaven is a great example of how Ridley Scott likes to take a grand, sweeping canvas and paint a small picture of an individual in metamorphosis. The story revolves around Orlando Bloom as Balian, a blacksmith suffering a crisis of faith after his wife has committed suicide following the loss of their child during birth. Into his life rides Liam Neeson as Godfrey, the father he never knew he had. Godfrey has come to ask Balian’s forgiveness and to offer him his rightful place by his side as his heir. Together they head off to the Crusades where, they believe, a man can earn his way back into the good graces of God.

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Walk the Line – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on on 3-9-06)

I am disillusioned. There is a reason that I do not, as a rule, enjoy Celebrity Biographies. They all follow the same template; difficult childhood, sudden extreme fame with unimaginable privilege, followed closely by seduction and addiction, then the hurt and damaged relationships with those that cared and, finally, redemption through true love. Compelling, eh? VH-1 had a great multi year run recounting this same formula. I know this story backwards and forwards. I believe that I am absolutely jaded enough to expect it to pop up around every corner. But, really, if I am so jaded, why didn’t I see it coming in Walk the Line?

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