Archives for August 19, 2005

Portland on Sunday

I hope to see you Sunday in Portland!UPDATE:Many thanks to all of you who, after church on Sunday, decided to spend a gloriously sunny afternoon sitting and listening to me talk about Christians' engagement with movies. I was blessed by your attention, your questions, and the warm welcome I received at Montavilla Baptist Church.Special thanks to my uncle, Paul Morris, for going to so much work to spread the word and set things up, and for showing up the day after the wedding of his … [Read more...]

A tragic loss: Head of Pixar story department dies in crash.

The single most distinguishing strength of Pixar is its unparalleled storytelling.For all of its breakthroughs in digital animation, each and every one of Pixar's films is exemplary in character development, plotting, comedy, drama, and note-perfect climaxes. The stories are rich with moral lessons without being preachy. These strengths shine all the more by the inability of competing studios to match their achievements.I am sorry to say that the movie world has suffered a grievous … [Read more...]

Specials: Superman footage!; heist flick for Cusack, Thornton.

Today's specials:The trailer for the new Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylan: No Direction Home. Okay, add THAT to my Christmas list as well.It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a Christopher Reeve lookalike!John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are starring in a heist film directed by Harold Ramis. Cusack hasn't had anything really memorable for a while. Hopefully this will get him back on track. Oh how I long for a sequel to Grosse Point Blank. … [Read more...]

"Last Life in the Universe" – a must-rent for foreign film enthusiasts

I am re-considering my Top Ten of 2003. Last Life in the Universe belongs way, way, way up near the top of the list. Unpredictable. Hilarious. Deliriously melancholy. Crowded with allusions to other films from all over the place. Hints of Jarmusch, Tarantino, Lynch. Two delightful lead performances. And the great Christopher Doyle (Hero) turns in some of the most excruciatingly beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. I'd like to live in a house full of freeze-frames from this film; it'd be like … [Read more...]