Archives for June 2004

My First Impression of Fahrenheit 9/11

I haven't even begun to organize my thoughts on Fahrenheit 9/11, but when I read this blog entry I found myself saying, Yep. Yep. Yep.This guy's thoughts parallel my own experience from last night's screening in Seattle, except that he was able to translate them eloquently into writing whereas it will take me a week to bring my emotions under control enough to write coherent thoughts about this film.But anyway... off the top of my head... here are some initial (and yes, emotional) … [Read more...]

Two Brothers, Two Fine French Filmmakers

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with director Patrice Leconte ("Man on the Train") and found him to be one of the most affable, enthusiastic conversationists I've encountered among movie-folk.This morning I got up at 6AM to talk with Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of the new family-friendly film "Two Brothers," as well as the acclaimed director of "The Name of the Rose," "The Bear," "The Lover," and "Enemy at the Gates." … [Read more...]

Read This Before You See Fahrenheit 9/11

We can expect conservative Republicans to attack Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11."But how about the left's most notorious editorial writer?Sit down, have a bowl of popcorn and a soda, and read this brilliant response to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." I haven't seen the film yet, but even so, this article is quite an experience. … [Read more...]

Ron Reed on the 100 Most Spiritually Significant Films

Film critic Ron Reed considers the Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films today at CT. … [Read more...]

After the Backlash: Some Support from CT Readers

After the lashings I received from Christianity Today readers for my film commentaries there over the last few months, I can only take it as a gesture of sympathy from the folks at CT that they posted these letters this week. … [Read more...]

NYTimes fact-checks Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

I'm not pro-Moore, I'm not anti-Moore. I'm pro-truth, and sometimes, Moore's offering us the truth. I won't have an opinion of Fahrenheit 9/11 until I see it and check to see if his claims are backed up by the facts... and I hope others will follow the same course. … [Read more...]

As if I didn’t have enough to do…

I'm now writing the new movie-news blog at CT, which they've titled Reel News. … [Read more...]

America’s Heart and Soul… and Rage: “The Hot Commodity”

David Poland is oh-so-right about America's Heart and Soul: Louis Schwartzberg went out into the world and over the course of years, bit-by-bit, human story by human story, he made a documentary film called America's Heart & Soul.So why is there a controversy? Well, there isn't. The film has no apparent connection to Fahrenheit 9/11 except for its release date, which is July 2, when it will go out into just a handful of theaters (big hands…about 100 screens). Oh yes… and the film is a ve … [Read more...]

Ray Bradbury’s Mad about Moore’s Movie Title

Here's the story. … [Read more...]

Trampin’ Tramples Wisdom, but Van Lear Rose Triumphs.

Just listened to the new Patti Smith album Trampin' , which is one of the best of her career -- a beautiful rock record of entrancing guitars and vocals that show her in peak condition. It whispers and it roars.Before I go off on a tangent, I should mention that the softer songs on the record are the highlight... … [Read more...]