Andrew Coffin

Walk the Line

Movie | Solid in most respects, this film about Johnny Cash only occasionally soars in the way it could or shoul
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 11/19/05, 12:00 am

Even on the surface, Johnny Cash appears to be one of the most fascinating and complicated figures in the history of American music. But that's rarely apparent in the film that chronicles at least part of his life story, Walk the Line. Solid in almost every respect-acting, directing, cinematography-the film only occasionally soars in the way that it could or should.

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The Squid and the Whale

Movie | Viewers might wish that Noah Baumbach's painful, semiautobiographical story was obscured in unsearchable depth
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 11/12/05, 12:00 am

The squid and the whale of The Squid and the Whale are to be found in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The enormous diorama, which plays a central role in the interior life of this film's main character, depicts a sperm whale attempting to eat a giant squid. The ferocious battle scene is "only an artist's conception . . . no one has ever seen a giant squid alive in its natural habitat, the pitch-dark waters up to 1,000 meters beneath the ocean's surface."

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Zathura

Movie | Cut out a few unnecessary profanities, and Jon Favreau has another winner on his hand
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 11/12/05, 12:00 am

Proving that his success with Elf was no fluke, Jon Favreau surprises again with Zathura. While Elf had moments of questionable taste and depended to a large extent on one's general appreciation for the humor of Will Ferrell, the movie won over audiences through its genial sweetness and comparative modesty in a crass age. Previously best known as an actor and frequent collaborator with Vince Vaughn, suddenly Mr. Favreau is building steam as a family-oriented director worth watching.

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