The end is near — again! But this time it has more of a young-adult sensibility.
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It has been twenty-one years since Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote the first book in the Left Behind series, and over the years, that book has spawned twelve sequels, three prequels, an astounding forty spin-off novels aimed at the young-adult market (called Left Behind: The Kids), and four feature-length movies.
Watch: Trailers for eight independent “faith-based” films, all coming out between August and October of this year
The first months of the year and the last weeks of summer are the slowest moviegoing times of the year. Not coincidentally, perhaps, those are also the two times of year when a lot of the smaller, independent “faith-based” films tend to come out, since they don’t have to worry about blockbusters crowding them out of the multiplex.
The nominees for the next Razzie awards won’t be announced until January 14, i.e. one day before the Oscar nominations come out, but the Gold Derby website got its hands on one of the ballots — and, perhaps surprisingly, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which has a “fresh” rating of 77% at Rotten Tomatoes, has been shortlisted in four categories while Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which has a “rotten” rating of 28%, has been shortlisted in only one.
The always brilliant Darren Franich had a new article up at Entertainment Weekly over the weekend, in which he took a look at the movies of 1999 — once dubbed “the year that changed movies” by his bosses — and asked how well those films have stood the test of time.
That was the year when everyone thought The Matrix would take the place of Star Wars as a sci-fi myth for our times. That was the year when The Blair Witch Project invented the found-footage horror subgenre and proved the value of viral marketing campaigns. That was the year when young, hip directors like David Fincher, David O. Russell and Spike Jonze produced instant cult hits like Fight Club, Three Kings and Being John Malkovich, all of which came out in October of that year. And so on.
But there was another game-changer released in October 1999 that Franich doesn’t mention — a movie that may be pretty silly but still set a new precedent.
From The Song to the Left Behind reboot: are Christian films becoming more comfortable with sexuality?
I got an e-mail today from the folks behind The Song. Like most Monday-morning e-mails of this sort, it asks its readers to support a newly-released independent film by voting with their dollars as soon as possible, etc.
The e-mail also does something I don’t believe I have ever seen in an ad or message promoting a “faith-based” film before: it draws special attention to secular critics who have praised the film for the “sexual chemistry” between its lead actors.