Tags: Lines I Wish I Had Written

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby

Hat tip to Stephanie Zacharek (Village Voice) for the perfect use of that popular critical flourish, the reapplication of a movie quote as auto-criticism of the film, in her review of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: J. R. Jones on Prometheus

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged any great critical lines that made me wish I had written them, but I couldn’t resist the opening line of J. R. Jones’s review of Prometheus — arguably the best possible opening sentence in a Prometheus review…   Read more >

Post: Warrior: Invective & Insight

Good grief. Salon.com critic Andrew O’Hehir, who wound up in a blogging skirmish with Roger Ebert after blasting Secretariat as a “honey-dipped fantasy vision of the American past as the Tea Party would like to imagine it,” is at it again.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Roger Ebert on Final Destination 5

Here is Roger Ebert on Final Destination 5. His final sentence is classic.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Hop

It’s not often that I encounter a Line I Wish I Had Written right in the headline of a review, but here’s a case in point.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Major props to Dr. David C. Downing, whose essay on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Ignatius Insight) closes with this brilliant line:   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Angels & Demons

Arts & Faith veteran “mrmando” skewers Ron Howard’s version of the Dan Brown potboiler with a brilliant angle I hadn’t thought of.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Eat Pray Love

Okay, so this is like, what, the third shout-out in as many weeks to reader Victor, but his combox quip in my NCRegister.com review of Eat Pray Love deserves the widest possible audience.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Sex and the City 2

Okay, that’s not literally true, because in order to write a line about Sex and the City 2 I would have had to screen the film, and it’s hard to imagine anything being worth that, especially in the same week as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Agora. I’m not sure my soul wouldn’t implode.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Babies

Could Thomas Balmes’ Babies, now playing in barely-limited release around the country, be the year’s most important movie? Jeffrey Overstreet thinks it just might, and while I’ve already excerpted the lines below explaining why in a previous blog post, his comments are worth a dedicated blog post.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Robin Hood

Quoting generously from my longish Robin Hood review, Carl Olsen of Ignatius Insight Scoop adds:   Read more >

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