A familiar debate: Christians and movies. But this is happening in Hong Kong!

``Christianity has just begun its move into [popular] culture here,'' says Pastor Enoch Lam. ``The hostility and the misunderstanding have softened - but a lot of people have very sensitive nerves.'' The story's in Weekend Standard, "China's Business Newspaper." ... Just as born-again fervor gripped Hollywood in the form of Mel Gibson's visceral - and very profitable - The Passion of the Christ, Hong Kong has its own unlikely box office hit with The Days of Noah, a film about close encounters … [Read more...]

I’m coming to Biola University!

FYI: April 22nd and 23rd, I'll be at Biola for their media conference. … [Read more...]

Have you READ "Revenge of the Sith" yet?

Doesn't it take some of the fun out of OPENING DAY to know that the novelization of Star Wars, Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith is already available at your local bookstore? … [Read more...]

When “Reality” TV Tries to Alter the Reality of You

Here's a sad story about a family participating in an segment of ABC's PrimeTime Live . The segment was supposedly about different family dynamics, comparing and contrasting them. But it seems ABC's "journalist" (I refuse to use this term without the quotation marks, considering their tactics) had already made up her mind about these families, and tried to make them play into the ugly caricatures she had in her own head.A "typical Roman Catholic family," the Farinholts, was deceived into … [Read more...]

Anthony Lane on "Sin City"

Here's The New Yorker's Anthony Lane on Sin City, clever as always: “We have, it is clear, reached the lively dead end of a process that was initiated by a fretful Martin Scorsese and inflamed, with less embarrassed glee, by Tarantino: the process of knowing everything about violence and nothing about suffering."“Needless to say, a short course in movie history would teach them that graphic novels themselves are soaked to the bone in a style that was brought to refinement by film noi … [Read more...]

"Never Let Me Go" … by the author of "The Remains of the Day"

The less you read about this novel before you actually read the novel ... the better.I'll avoid spoilers here and just say this:I remember when I saw M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, I thought, "There's a great horror story waiting to be told about a community cut off from the modern world ... and this isn't it."Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, on the other hand, is it! … [Read more...]

Au Hasard Balthazar

My favorite moviegoing experience of last year was Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar.Now, Darren Hughes at Long Pauses has given me the best news I've heard all week... … [Read more...]