Prince Caspian — now twice as old!

In the book, Prince Caspian is 13. In the film, the actor playing him, according to the Times of London, will be turning 26 this summer, presumably while the film is still shooting. Is this a difference that makes a difference — of any sort? Discuss. (Hat tip to 3 UPDATE: A new post at indicates that Susan and Caspian may flirt with each other in the film. Hmmm. Read more

Is Ted Dekker a fan of Donald Kaufman?

You know that subplot in the brilliant Spike Jonze film Adaptation (2002; my top ten list) where Charlie Kaufman’s twin brother Donald describes a screenplay he’s working on called The Three?Last night I finally got around to watching Thr3e, the most recent Christian genre pic to be distributed by FoxFaith.I won’t say any more, to avoid spoilers. But I swear, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it was kinda weird and sad that a Christian movie had so… Read more

Film Forum — it’s up!

Jeffrey Overstreet is taking a break from doing the CT Movies Film Forum for a couple weeks, so I’m filling in for him, and the first round-up of reviews is up today, covering the reactions of Christian critics to Epic Movie, Smokin’ Aces, Catch and Release, Blood and Chocolate, Seraphim Falls, Alpha Dog, Family Law, and a few of last week’s Academy Award nominees. Read more

The Screwtape Letters — the movie!

In 2002, while X2: X-Men United was being filmed in Vancouver, I heard producer Ralph Winter speak at Regent College, and in the course of his presentation, he talked about some of the things that Christians had to be prepared to do if they wanted to work in the film business. For example, he said he had helped a guy make Shoot or Be Shot! (2002), starring Winter’s friend William Shatner, because the guy in question owned the rights to… Read more

Canadian exhibitors: make piracy a crime!

It has been almost three weeks since I first passed on the news that 20th Century Fox was thinking of withholding its films from Canada because of all the rampant piracy here. Now, the Toronto Star reports that Canadian exhibitors are asking the government to prevent this by making a change to our Criminal Code:Last week, Canada’s movie theatre owners sent a letter to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson seeking an amendment to the code that would make it a crime… Read more

Yet another movie not screened for critics?

I got a press kit yesterday for The Messengers, which opens this Friday, but I have heard nothing so far about an advance screening, whether in the morning or in the evening. Hmmm. Well, the film is being distributed by Screen Gems, who have made a habit of snubbing critics lately. That says it all, I think. Read more

The Passion of the Christ — the review’s up!

My review of The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition, which comes out on DVD today, is now up at CT Movies.CT Movies has also posted a list of “The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2006.” As one of their critics, I took part in the voting and submitted a paragraph on one pick of mine that did not make the final list. The “top ten” list proper comes out next week. Read more

Review: The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition (dir. Mel Gibson, 2004)

A lot has happened since The Passion of The Christ came out three years ago and broke a series of records, becoming the top-grossing R-rated movie, the top-grossing foreign-language film, and the top-grossing religious movie of all time — at least in North America. (The Matrix Reloaded is still the top R-rated film worldwide.) Major movie studios have tried to replicate its success — by setting up faith-oriented divisions like FoxFaith, or by producing entire biblical movies of their own,… Read more

another random Oscar thought for the day

My moviegoing has slowed down a bit in the last few weeks, but as a completist, I am happy to say that I have already seen most of the feature-length films that were nominated for Academy Awards last Tuesday. I have seen all of them, in fact, except for these six — four of which happen to be playing in Vancouver right now:Venus — at the Fifth Avenue CinemasNotes on a Scandal — at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas and the… Read more

iTunes blocks my first attempt to buy from them

Speaking of major movie studios boycotting Canada …I had heard recently that the new, CGI-enhanced version of the original Star Trek (1966-1969) had been made available at iTunes. So I figured I would go and shell out two bucks for a sample episode, just to see how the new effects look. But I couldn’t find it at the iTunes store. So I did a bit of Googling, and found links to the various Star Trek-related iTunes items at this blog…. Read more

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