A true comic book movie

After lamenting the state of summer movies, we finally saw one that was just right for the season:  The Guardians of the Galaxy.  And finally, a comic book movie that has the feel of a comic book.  It is exuberant science fiction fantasy with Marvel’s trademark witty dialogue and off-the-wall but highly individualized and engaging characters.  (Here we have the 1970s-obsessed human, Star-Lord, a tree creature of few words [those being "I am Groot"], the eloquent but literal-minded Drax the Destroyer, a green girl named Gamora, and Rocket, a wise-cracking raccoon.)  Yes, it has its tedious havoc and a grandiose story-line like a series in a comic book, but it also has the visual panache of comic art and the quality of comic books that I remember from my childhood as fun. [Read more...]

Best movies of 2013?

You tell me.  What do you think was the best movie of 2013?

Tweaking movies for China

Hollywood talks a lot about artistic freedom, but the prospect of reaching the vast market that is China trumps concerns like that.  To get past the still-Communist censors, movie-makers make all kinds of changes. [Read more...]

The moralistic approach to filmmaking

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Evangelicals among biggest moviegoers

A new Barna survey has found that evangelicals go to more movies than just about anybody. [Read more...]

The Academy Awards

In light of the above post, we should take the opportunity to discuss the Academy Awards that will be given out Sunday night.  As someone who goes to the movies far more than the 3 times per year that is considered a large number, I actually think that this year has a stronger field than usual.  Who do you think will win, and (what is not at all the same question) who do you think should win?  (I list the major nominations after the break.) [Read more...]


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