What’s really demonic

William Peter Blatty is the author of The Exorcist, a novel about demonic possession.  He also wrote the screenplay for the movie version, which is considered one of the scariest films of all time.  It turns out the former Hollywood comedy writer penned the novel as an expression of faith.

After the jump I link to an interview with him that is worth reading in its entirety.  I excerpt the final words in the interview, in which Mr. Blatty cites something far more demonic than what he portrayed in The Exorcist. [Read more...]

Bible movies in the works

Major Hollywood studios are working on movies based on stories from the Bible.  See the list after the jump. [Read more...]

Hollywood’s collaboration with the Nazis

The Hollywood Reporter has published excerpts from a new book documenting the ways that the American film industry collaborated with the Nazis in order to keep selling tickets in Germany.  From the introduction to the excerpt, linked after the jump:

In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book reveals how the big studios, desperate to protect German business, let Nazis censor scripts, remove credits from Jews, get movies stopped and even force one MGM executive to divorce his Jewish wife. . . . [Read more...]

Thumbs up for “Man of Steel”

Critics are torn over Man of Steel, the new Superman movie, though the general public likes it a lot, enough to set a record for a June opening.  This time I agree with the general public.  The movie is pro-life, anti-Nietzschean, pro-Kansas, pro-church (Superman goes to a church and talks to a pastor when he needs guidance), takes a shot at evolution, and it’s filled with blatant Christian allusions and symbolism.  That’s not enough to make it a good movie, of course, but there were other elements I appreciated. [Read more...]

The sequel to “300″

Did you get a kick out of 300, the movie about the Battle of Thermopylae with the weird hyper-realistic computer animation?  Then you will surely enjoy the sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, which will pick up the story of the Persian invasion of ancient Greece building up to the sea Battle of Salamis.  It’s directed by Zack Snyder, who is giving us the new Superman movie this weekend, and will be released March 7.  After the jump:  the very cool trailer. [Read more...]

The Great or Not-so-great Gatsby?

Words and images are two different media, so a novel and a movie are two different kinds of art forms.  Sometimes a good written story can be told visually, but if what makes the novel good is its language, that may not translate at all into motion pictures.  I don’t know if the movie version of The Great Gatsby (in 3-D, no less!) is worthy of Fitzgerald’s novel or if it might possibly be a good movie in its own right.  I haven’t seen it, so you tell me.

But I was struck with this example of a genre in its own right, the movie review, by a master of the form, Rex Reed, who eviscerates the Gatsby movie with razor-sharp words: [Read more...]


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