Since 2001's "Donnie
Darko," director Richard Kelly has inspired as many cries of heavy-handed
pomposity for his existential sci-fi films as he has cult-like fanaticism. But
with the release of his newest treatise on sacrifice, "The Box," no one should
accuse him of lacking ambition.
Hollywood rarely takes gargantuan
leaps of faith like this
Basing the screenplay on the short story, "Button, Button"
by Richard Matheson, Kelly establishes a simple premise that quickly spirals
into surreal madness. In 1970s Richmond, Virginia, a family of three wrestles
with mounting financial woes: Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (James
Marsden) struggle with losing their son's faculty-based private school
scholarship as Arthur is denied a "sure-thing" promotion at work.
ominously delivers. A severely burn-damaged former NASA employee, Arlington
Steward (Frank Langella), gives the couple an ordinary wooden box with a button
affixed to the top, and makes the couple a watershed offer. If the couple
presses the button, someone they don't know will die and they will receive $1
If it sounds like an episode of "The Twilight Zone"--you're
right, it was. But it's safe to assume the film's heavy referencing of
philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and superfluous meditations on the afterlife and
outer space are uniquely Kelly. If you're willing to come along for the ride, it's
well worth it. For all the plot holes, occasionally ham-fisted accents and
acting--not to mention a grossly melodramatic score by members of indie band The
Arcade Fire that at times is so deliberately manipulating it's excruciating--the
film's a deranged treat. Hollywood rarely takes gargantuan leaps of faith like
Kelly's ability to refine his dreams may still
be out of reach, but it's refreshing to see anyone attempt fantasies this
distinctive and complex. If he isn't Kubrick, at least he's an auteur.
By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson
Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.
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If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.
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It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.