Star Wars: The Musical Experience

LucasFilm will be putting on a production entitled, "Star Wars:  A Musical Journey." The production will not be a musical in the ordinary sense but will feature a 90 minute or so edit of the six films to coincide with a massive LED screen and new/reworked scores by John Williams.This story had me thinking, what would be the highlight of your Star Wars musical? What would be your title? My favorite moment would be the soulful Chewbacca solo, "Ruhh, Wehhh, Ruhh." … [Read more...]

Our Own Film Industry?

It seems that a group of Christians are seeking to form a Christian film industry to combat Hollywood. The article covering it is critical with ample justification. The real answer is for Christians to seriously work in Hollywood and seek to present a Christ-centered worldview from within the already established industry. Let there be a free flow of ideas and worldviews in Tinseltown, where Atheists, Christians, and myriad others can make films legitimately supporting their worldviews. In the … [Read more...]

Print What I Say, Not What I Do…

From the New York Times:"The Obama administration has told a federal judge that military detainees in Afghanistan have no legal right to challenge their imprisonment there, embracing a key argument of former President Bush’s legal team....'Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position,' wrote Michael F. Hertz, acting assistant attorney general." These prisoners have been detained for years already and are suing under Habeus Corpus to be re … [Read more...]

For Those of Us Who Can't Wait

If you haven't already heard, the new U2 album, No Line on the Horizon, is streaming in its entirety on MySpace. It's release date is March 3 here in the US. Worth a listen (or ten). … [Read more...]

Bail-Out Honest Abe!

It looks as though the film of Lincon's life, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, might be the victim of financial woes at Dreamworks. Liam Neeson was lined up to play the 16th President. Hopes were to begin filming soon to have the picture out before the end of this year (the 200th year since his birth). Now it looks as though it might not get made at all. Sad.Alright, I say to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, while you're spending nearly $1 trillion on lots of pork and pet … [Read more...]

Top 5 Westerns

Ok, I've loved the Western genre since childhood. I find it to be a genre not used enough today in Hollywood. So here are my Top 5 Westerns:1) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: John Wayne + Jimmy Stewart = great movie. One of John Ford's more philosophical films, this movie has very interesting comments on the formation of political societies, the basis of law, and the nature of America's regime. Echos of Lincoln and Aristotle can be heard rustling in the wind.2) Unforgiven: Clint … [Read more...]

The Furious Case of Benjamin Button

Among the nominees for Best Picture at this year's Oscars is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In a field of films that have made very little at the box office, Button's $100 million gross makes it one of the more watched movies in the Oscar race.The premise of the film is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. A child born the same day World War I ends enters the world with the features and infirmities of an elderly man. Instead of growing older, as he ages he appears younger and you … [Read more...]

Ranking the Presidents

I know this is a little late for the holiday but here is C-SPAN's ranking of our 42 past Presidents.  I like the first and last choices, though I think FDR, Teddy, and Wilson are too high while my favorite under-appreciated President, Calvin Coolidge, gets not nearly enough props. … [Read more...]

Obama's Evaluation

President Obama's first couple of weeks has certainly not lived up to the hype. His interview with Al-Arabiya was painful to watch in certain places (I don't object necessary to him doing it but his presentation has set up a dangerous "America was bad before me and is good now" dichotemy that is unhelpful and mostly untrue). His nominees for Cabinet and other posts struggle to pay large amounts of tax money (see this article from Maureen Dowd). The "stimulus" bill stinks and the putrid scent has … [Read more...]

Republicans make good

Michael Steele, former Lt. Gov. of Maryland, has been elected the first African-American chairman of the GOP. Steele is thoughtful, conservative, and the first African-American elected to a statewide office in Maryland. Maryland, by the way, is a largly Democratic state. Good move by the Republicans, though the process of winning a larger chunk of the African-American electorate is going to take a lot more work and much longer time. … [Read more...]