I spent most of the past four days feeding and changing the babies, so I haven’t had time to read or think all that much about the Oscar nominations that were announced last Tuesday, apart from noticing some of the weird details that everyone else has noticed.For example, how can Children of Men be nominated for “film editing” when the one thing about the film that impresses even its detractors is its constant use of long, unedited shots?Or how can… Read more

Last year, I noted that no movie since Ordinary People (1980) has won the Academy Award for Best Picture without at least being nominated for Best Film Editing.This year, only two movies have been nominated for both Best Picture and Best Film Editing: Babel and The Departed.Make of that what you will. Read more

I’ve posted a few items here on The Invasion, the latest remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), ever since I first heard about it in July 2005. Now, the Associated Press reports that Nicole Kidman was sent to the hospital today after a car crash that took place while shooting a scene in which her character tries to escape “zombielike characters”. Gadzooks, are they still shooting this movie? The film’s IMDB page, which was apparently last updated October… Read more

Here’s one of the more amusing stories about censorship gone too far, courtesy of the Associated Press:So much for God and country, at least during some in-flight showings of the Oscar-nominated movie “The Queen.” That’s because all mentions of God are bleeped out of a version of the film given to some commercial airlines.Even in these politically correct times, censoring references to God in the film wasn’t a statement of some kind. Rather, it was the mistake of an overzealous… Read more

Reuters reports that some British Muslims don’t seem to like how their faith and/or ethnicity is portrayed in the media:”There is no such thing as a Muslim good guy,” said Arzu Merali, co-author of a report by the Islamic Human Rights Commission that argued that movies played a crucial role in fostering a crude and exaggerated image.The commission’s study, based on soundings taken from almost 1,250 British Muslims, also found that 62 percent felt the media was “Islamophobic” and 14… Read more

My interview with Alex Kendrick, the director/co-writer/star of Facing the Giants, is now up at BC Christian News; a shorter version will run in the paper that comes out this weekend.And just for the record, I don’t think the film is as bad as some of the reviews south of the border led me to expect. In fact, I am rather impressed with it, on the level of “production values” at any rate, when I consider that it was produced… Read more

A LITTLE controversy can go a long way. Facing the Giants, a modest evangelical film made by a church in Georgia with a cast and crew made up almost entirely of volunteers and amateurs, got loads of free publicity last summer when it was rated PG for “thematic elements” — a rating that many pundits and politicians interpreted as a slam against Christianity. As a result, the movie — produced by Sherwood Baptist Church for a mere $100,000 and released… Read more

CanWest News Service, via the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette, etc., has caught up to that two-week-old story about 20th Century Fox threatening to withhold its movies from Canadian theatres due to the rampant piracy in Montreal:As much as 50 per cent of the world’s pirated movies come from Canada, prompting the film industry to threaten to delay the release of new titles in this country.According to an investigation by Twentieth Century Fox, most of the illegal recording, or… Read more

Variety reports that September Dawn, starring Terence Stamp as Brigham Young and Jon Voight as a Mormon bishop, is due for a semi-wide release May 4. The film concerns the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which took place on September 11 (!), 1857:The massacre was the subject of 2004 docu “Burying the Past” from U. of Utah professor Brian Patrick. Over 100 pioneers who were traveling in a wagon train to California perished in the Mormon-directed attack; descendants of the victims assert… Read more

For what it’s worth, I have received official word that Epic Movie, which opens this Friday, will not be screened in advance of its release date at all. Ordinarily, I would shrug my shoulders and say who cares, but this particular parody takes aim at some of the franchises that I have been paying close attention to lately, so I kind of feel obliged to see it in a way that I never felt obliged to see Date Movie, Not… Read more

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