Archives for August 2005

Specials: Dead Can Dance. B&C on Grimm Brothers and Donnie Darko. Dead Can Dance live.! Lanois touring. Rosenbaum on Grimm.

Today's specials:Peter T. Chattaway talks with writer/director Scott Derrickson about The Exorcism of Emily Rose. My own interview will be published at SPU's Response soon.Favorite line from a film review this week: (From the PullQuote review of Broken Flowers.) "Suffice it to say that Broken Flowers is the sort of film where, at the end, you can't believe Patricia Clarkson wasn't in it."At Books and Culture, Thomas Hibbs examines the popularity of Donnie Darko.Also … [Read more...]

What if… ?

Hmmm. If they could make Alien Versus Predator...then maybe...Stay tuned! I've seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and later this week I'll see Serenity. I'll have reviews of both soon, and we'll see who wins the Celebrity Death Match between two vicious female contortionists! … [Read more...]

Terry Gilliam speaks his mind.

I gotta say, I agree with Terry Gilliam, who, in spite of the mess the Weinsteins made of The Brothers Grimm, remains one of my favorite directors.Gilliam, who was J. K. Rowling's original choice to direct Harry Potter, before the studio gave it to Chris Columbus, says: "I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car, and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. … [Read more...]

The Next Chapter

What if there as a warm, welcoming neighbohood bookstore offering a fireside reading lounge, with exceptional coffee and milkshakes and sandwiches, that featured the finest in contemporary and classic literature and downplayed the cheezy, pop-lit, flash-in-the-pan stuff,and to the childrens' reading-and-playing area... there were comfortable reading chairs arranged alongside shelves featuring the works of Thomas Merton, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, C.S. … [Read more...]

Specials: Staub. Art quotes. Capote. More news.

Today's specials:Dick Staub says "I believe..." Wow. Right on.And speaking of inspirational writing... Jeff Berryman has just given a nod to what may be the biggest archive of art-related quotations on the Web.Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars in Capote.More film-related news has just been posted in Reel News by Josh Hurst.Feedback: This letter came in to Christianity Today this week and made my day: The Brothers Grimm. Too few movie reviewers give such attention to … [Read more...]

"Do you dare to gaze into their hollow eyes?"

Looks like the system finally beat them. Looks like they finally did say "die." About 20-or-so years past their prime, Petra is over.If you feel like reminiscing through your tears, go here.P.S. And if you are one of those offended by this post, for the record, let me confess that I still own several Petra albums and I used to be a big fan of Greg Volz when he was singing. … [Read more...]

Christopher Guest’s next film!

Yes! The Six-Fingered Man is on the move...I could almost have guessed that Christopher Guest's next story would involve independent filmmakers who make their way to the Oscars. After all, he's covered small-town theatre, dog shows, and musical reunion tours. What's the natural next step?For Your Consideration will star the usual suspects AND Ricky Gervais!I hope they make action figures for this one, so I can set them up beside my collection of My Dinner with Andre action figures... … [Read more...]

More specials: Serenity clip. Best album of ’05? Smog video. Narnia pics.

More specials:A truly troubling clip that seems to be from Joss Whedon's Serenity. Viewer discretion ... no, make that listener discretion advised.Josh Hurst just noticed that Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is no longer the "best-reviewed album of the year" ... at least for now. Who took over the #1 spot? The New Pornographers.It's the feel-good music video of the summer! Smog's I Feel Like the Mother of the World, starring a rather notorious actress.There are a bunch of … [Read more...]

The New Yorker’s "Target Issue"

Apparently The New Yorker is publishing an issue that features advertisements from just one entity: Target.That just doesn't feel right. The ads are elaborate and, I must say, quite arresting. But that doesn't change the fact that they're celebrating a store that's just a few notches down from Wal-Mart.And there's something else not quite right about it. I echo one of the comments posted on this page (which features several of the ads): Isn't it a bit strange for The New Yorker to have … [Read more...]

Brock Peters, 1927 – 2005

Brock Peters (front right) with Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.Details here, at CNN. LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.Peters was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment, according to Marilyn Darby, his longtime companion. His condition … [Read more...]