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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Blood Diamond — CDN $8,354,294 — N.AM $52,618,000 — 15.9%Children of Men — CDN $4,253,476 — N.AM $30,749,000 — 13.8%The Queen — CDN $5,218,143 — N.AM $41,241,000 — 12.7%Pan’s Labyrinth — CDN $1,564,315 — N.AM $16,253,000 — 9.6%Smokin’ Aces — CDN $1,230,774 — N.AM $14,262,000 — 8.6%The Pursuit of Happyness –… Read more

The newest issue of BC Christian News is now online, and with it, my film column, which consists mostly of my top ten list for the past year. The paper also includes a print version of my interview with Alex Kendrick, director of Facing the Giants. Read more

Following up on my last post, I got curious about something. When was the last time that no movie at the Academy Awards was nominated in more than six categories?Wikipedia has a page listing all the films that have had ten nominations or more, and I am going to assume that none of those films had more than three redundant nominations — in other words, I am going to assume that all of them had the potential to win at… Read more

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