I have just seen Apocalypto a second time …

… and am more convinced than ever that I am right and all those other people are wrong. I have added a few extra comments and a key quote from the film to my most recent post on this subject.

Canadian box-office stats — December 17

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. Casino Royale — CDN $18,520,481 — N.AM $137,574,000 — 13.5%The Holiday — CDN $2,784,292 — N.AM $25,310,000 — 11.0%Blood Diamond — CDN $1,982,045 — N.AM $18,390,000 — 10.8%Deja Vu — CDN $3,891,695 — N.AM $57,777,000 — 6.7%The Nativity Story — CDN $1,518,241 — N.AM $23,056,000 — 6.6%Happy Feet — CDN... Read more

The Inquiry — a “sequel” to The Passion?

Remember how Peter O’Toole played King Henry II in two movies that came out only a few years apart but had so little to do with each other, apart from O’Toole, that you couldn’t quite say the second film was a “sequel” to the first film? I was reminded of that today when I discovered that Hristo Shopov, who played Pontius Pilate in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004), has apparently reprised the role in L’Inchiesta, AKA The... Read more

“Daddy, what’s an aphrodisiac?”

Here’s another bit of cultural detritus that I’ve had lying around for months, this time scooped from a McDonald’s tray liner: Now did you ever think you’d see that word at Mickey D’s?

The funny thing is, I remember that scene.

Anne Thompson just posted this under the headline “Most Impressive IMDB Page“; and to judge from the IMDB’s message board for this person, this was one of those things that got turned into a short-lived internet meme about eight months ago: The bizarre thing is, just seeing this IMDB page reminds me of how I watched the film on TV with my sister more than 20 years ago — probably while the parents were out — and while I haven’t... Read more

How they did church youth-group films in 1960!

The wife and I have been converting our VHS tapes to DVD, and as soon as I can find my old student films, I’ll post a few of them here. In the meantime, here’s an item in the public domain that I’ve had fun showing to my friends and visitors every now and then — it’s a 13-minute trailer that was created to promote a series of short films for church youth groups back in 1960. A bunch of them... Read more

The Margate Exodus — Moses in England?

Now this sounds interesting. I was looking for info on Claire-Hope Ashitey, co-star of Shooting Dogs and Children of Men, and discovered that she is currently playing Zipporah in The Margate Exodus, which seems to be a modernized version of the Book of Exodus, not unlike, say, Amos Gitai’s Golem, the Spirit of the Exile (1992; my comments), which modernized the Book of Ruth. According to the film’s official website, it is “a story about identity and migration”, and on... Read more

Apocalypto — pro-Catholic, or something else?

Warning: There be major, major spoilers here. Rod Dreher and Jeffrey Overstreet have linked to a handful of spoiler-filled reviews of Apocalypto which suggest that Mel Gibson’s film is, in some sense, about the triumph of Christianity over the evils of paganism. That is how some of Gibson’s Catholic fans have interpreted the film, and that is also how some of his detractors, such as Traci Arden, have interpreted it, too. But as you could guess from my own review... Read more

Tarzan to yell again — with del Toro’s help?

Variety reports that a new version of Tarzan is in the works — to be written by John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), if present negotiations stay their course: Del Toro, who grew up reading Spanish-language translations of those books, feels that the classic themes are still compelling, and that there is new ground to cover in the Tarzan mythology by turning back to the... Read more

Black Christmas gets some free publicity

When will they learn? Reuters reports that “U.S. religious groups” are giving the makers of the new horror movie Black Christmas pretty much exactly what they want by venting some outrage and giving the film just that wee extra bit of free publicity. Oh, and note to Jennifer Giroux of Operation Just Say Merry Christmas: Christmas is not “our most sacred holiday”. Ever hear of Easter?