Faith and film — the article’s up!

My article on ‘Faith and Film’ is now up at The Salvationist.

SEP 20 UPDATE: It has now been re-printed by the MB Herald.

Canadian box-office stats — July 8

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.

Nitro — CDN $1,440,000 — N.AM $1,440,000 — 100%
Sicko — CDN $1,150,000 — N.AM $11,452,560 — 10.0%
Knocked Up — CDN $12,130,000 — N.AM $132,089,425 — 9.2%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End — CDN $25,880,000 — N.AM $301,725,691 — 8.6%
Live Free or Die Hard — CDN $6,660,000 — N.AM $84,424,123 — 7.9%
Transformers — CDN $11,520,000 — N.AM $155,405,412 — 7.4%
1408 — CDN $3,870,000 — N.AM $53,738,325 — 7.2%
Ratatouille — CDN $6,270,000 — N.AM $109,531,598 — 5.7%
Evan Almighty — CDN $4,460,000 — N.AM $78,706,785 — 5.7%
License to Wed — CDN $686,125 — N.AM $17,838,076 — 3.8%

A couple of discrepancies: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Nitro were #8 and #10 on the Canadian chart, respectively (the former film was #11 in North America as a whole, and the latter film it isn’t on the North American chart at all), while Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ocean’s Thirteen were #8 and #10 on the North American chart, respectively.

Order of the Phoenix — the review’s up!

My review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is now up at CT Movies. FWIW, I saw the film on Friday afternoon, went to bed very early that night because I was sick, left with my family for Nimpo Lake on Saturday morning, and then wrote the review on Sunday in a cabin besieged by mosquitoes — all while hoping the neighbours really did have the internet connection that I had been told they would have. Not the most ideal of conditions.

Why so little blogging these days?

Because I’m on a week-long trip through the B.C. interior with the wife and kids, trying out our brand new mini-van. And let the record show that the first movie we popped into our mini-van’s DVD player, to keep the kids distracted last Saturday, was Godspell (1973). I think parts of it were a bit scary for them, though. They liked Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood better.

Simpsons to target religion, environmentalists

Reuters reports:

The upcoming Simpsons movie takes a typically irreverent dig at religion and environmentalists, and features a nude scene involving ‘toon teen Bart that had the audience at a preview show applauding.

A 10-minute clip from “The Simpsons Movie,” the first time Homer, Marge, their family and friends have made it to the big screen, was shown in London late on Wednesday ahead of its release worldwide later in July.

The clip offered several clues as to the plot, suggesting that the environment and religion would [be] major themes. . . .

The original Reuters story has a few more details. All I can say is I hope this movie isn’t like one of those preachy Lisa episodes.

I have been to the Canadian Kwik-E-Mart.

To promote The Simpsons Movie, 20th Century Fox and 7-Eleven have changed 12 of the latter company’s convenience stores into Kwik-E-Marts. One of those stores just happens to be in Canada. And the Canadian store just happens to be in nearby Coquitlam. And a friend of mine just happened to work a few shifts in that store during the winter of ’88-’89 — after the Simpsons debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show in ’87, but before they launched their own half-hour series with a Christmas special in ’89. (Yes, the show is really that old.) So naturally, he and I had to go check it out.

Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly.

And click here for a set of photos that we took to commemorate our trip — indeed, our pilgrimage — to the Kwik-E-Mart.