John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Flannery O’Connor and her peacocks (photo: Joe McTyre)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJuly 17, 2020
“Flannery” is an apologia for O’Connor but, like any good defense, it takes the position that she doesn’t need one.
Mark Rylance, far left, played Thomas Cromwell in the BBC production of “Wolf Hall” (2015). Paul Scofield, near left, won an Oscar for his portrayal of St. Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966). (photo credit - Masterpiece/Alamy)
Arts & Culture Books
John AndersonJuly 17, 2020
Mantel’s portrait of More is of a self-serving whiner with a death wish. But what must always be remembered is that she is creating fiction.
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonMay 29, 2020
One of the basics of comedy is the element of surprise, and Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” surprised us by not being comedy.
Nazario Gerardi plays Francis in “The Little Flowers of St. Francis” (The Criterion Collection)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMay 01, 2020
Encountering Roberto Rossellini’s “The Flowers of St. Francis,” which turns 70 this year, will be an odd experience for most first-timers.
Photo: Netflix
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonApril 17, 2020
When someone refers to a “foul” system, he is not talking only about law enforcement and prosecution.
Photo: CBN Films
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMarch 14, 2020
Patrick deserves better than green beer and leprechauns, and he gets it in a new documentary.
Bartosz Bielenia in Boze Cialo (“Corpus Christi”) (IMDB)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonFebruary 18, 2020
“Corpus Christi” is not a critique of Catholicism, though; it may not even be a deliberately Catholic film, writes film critic John Anderson.
Some recent best picture winners, clockwise from top left: “Crash,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Greenbook” and “Spotlight” (photo: CNS/Fox Searchlight/IMDB)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonFebruary 04, 2020
The morality of the Academy Awards may be suspect. But there is a conscience at work.
Jude Law and John Malkovich in “The New Pope” (photo: HBO)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJanuary 17, 2020
A TV review is not, perhaps, the forum to determine that, but it should be noted that God is ever present.
’The Cave’ is a portrait of courage under fire, resilience and hope (photo: National Geographic).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJanuary 10, 2020
“The Cave” is something of a talking-dog movie: You’re astounded it exists, never mind what it has to say.