Niles Schwartz

  • Twelve Films for Thought from 2015

    Niles Schwartz looks back on some of the best and most thought-provoking films from 2015.   Carol (Todd Haynes) Based on Patricia Highsmith’s pseudonymously published novel The Price of Salt, Carol is a “love…

    Read More
  • Bridge of Spies

    Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is a fact-based espionage drama set during the simmering cold-war Fifties. The film’s main character, James Donovan (Tom Hanks), is a successful insurance lawyer selected by his firm to…

    Read More
  • Closer to God

    “My purpose is to tell of bodies which have been transformed into shapes of a different kind,” Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, entreating the gods to aid him in making “an unbroken thread of verse”…

    Read More
  • “That’s Entertainment!”

    Note: This is a modified version of an article originally posted on The Niles Files, on October 9, 2011. George Clooney’s The Ides of March is about Hollywood, just as much—if not more so—as…

    Read More
  • Terrence Malick’s Song of Himself

    With the rumblings and portents of world’s end and apocalyptic speculation, The Tree of Life could not have arrived at a more opportune moment. Granted, it does not dwell on the End as much as it does the Beginning…

    Read More