Specials: Mourning Mr. Miyagi. Raving about Narnia. Killing Alias. Casting "M." Previewing "Mary."

Friday’s specials:

Farewell, Pat Morita.


It is not just a ‘must see’ but a ‘must see again and again’.

Where is that sixth star when you need it?

Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis’s classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour.

Above all, there’s a spectacular sense of scale that turns the children’s sagas into a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings as an epic piece of storytelling.

Just as miraculously, it achieves all this without sacrificing the qualities of the original novel, including its charm, sense of wonder and feeling for myth.

Even the Christian subtext of Lewis’s book is handled with taste and sensitivity. It’s there, but never laboured.

Although shot in New Zealand by an American director, it remains lovingly true to its original cultural background.

With only a few weeks to go until the end of 2005, I was certain that Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit would be carrying off my plaudits as Film of the Year.

Now that I have seen this beautiful picture which achieves similar perfection on a far more stunning scale, I would have to give it to Narnia.

The script sticks amazingly – you could say ‘religiously’ – close to Lewis’s novel.


Alias, which rapidly accelerated from being the best show on TV to one of the worst, will end in May.

This year’s Bond will serve last decade’s M.

Twitch has a trailer and scenes from Juliette Binoche’s upcoming film.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Anders

    I’ve been following Jack Thompson’s “antics” for a while, through the Penny Arcade webcomic. This guy is not deserving of any attention. He is dishonest, uninformed, and his tactics do nothing to further his causes, but only further his infamy. I hope Bono just politely ignores him.

  • eucharisto

    Wow. What I found even more interesting than the letter were the comments after the letter. Very telling.

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