RIP John Hughes

No one mixed the sentimental and the comic better than John Hughes.  Before there was Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen movies there was John Hughes, the king of teen comedies which treated like teens like human beings.  Many of his films are part of the firmament of my film imagination.  I cannot imagine a world [Read More...]

Film Family Portraits

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Atheism, Certainty, Mysticism, And Faitheism

In reply to Daniel Dennett’s attack on the supposed need for belief in belief, a Daily Dish reader writes: Something I find annoying about this atheist-believer dispute is that it all depends on what you mean by “god”. If you require the talking snake, then, yeah, Dennet rules, in my opinion. But if you are [Read More...]

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland Trailer Premieres

Aside from the hideous Mad Hatter makeup, this whole trailer is gorgeous and exciting. [Read more...]

Conservative Christians Coming Around On Harry Potter?

The contrast: Conservative Christian reviews of the new Harry Potter movie are surprisingly positive. “As ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure,” Connie Neal writes for the evangelical Christianity Today. “It is more likely that at the end of [Read More...]

Coraline

Put simply, Henry Selick’s Coraline (out on DVD yesterday) was one of the greatest visual experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.  Not to mention that its story was thoroughly engaging and effectively creepy and suspenseful.  Selick’s film actually is the first which shows a real generational leap beyond the  stop motion animation achievements [Read More...]

Peter Suderman Nails Snyder’s Watchmen

I love a great review.  In what follows Peter Suderman manages to sum up the core problem of Snyder’s film version of Watchmen in less a paragraph: The sensibility behind it is puerile in the extreme. Say what you will about Moore and his book, at least he had a story to tell and something [Read More...]

Letting Go Of God

Julia Sweeney, of It’s Pat! from Saturday Night Live fame, has a film in which she describes her journey out of religion. Here is a trailer for the film: Here is a performance of the first 15 minutes of her stage show: Greta Christina recommends it as highly as possible: Sweeney is more than just [Read More...]

Silent Partners

A new documentary Silent Partner profiles gay partners of military personnel who have to go back into the closet to protect their partners’ careers in the military: Ben Cartwright has been a passionate advocate for gay rights for 12 years. He is a regular at gay pride marches, has a pod-cast and writes for a [Read More...]


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