Specials: Guardian defends Narnia. Malick’s "New World." Haneke spoils. Earthsea animated.

Tuesday’s specials:

I found most of these links at GreenCine Daily, and I’m glad I did.

The Guardian, home of the now-notorious Polly Toynbee who used her Narnia review to bash Christianity, bashes Narnia critics!

The Bible is a narrative blueprint for a lot of western culture – if everything referencing it is dodgy then the nativity is dodgy, a lot of Shakespeare is dodgy, some of The Archers is dodgy, everything is dodgy. To what do we object, then? That CS Lewis’s allegories are too obvious? That there are too many of them? That he didn’t bother disguising them, as Tolkien did?

Anyone holding to this “dodgy” orthodoxy, especially those who don’t explain why, is treating Christianity as inherently underhand. This is unfair to all Christians, not just hardliners. And it is not the time of year to be unfair to Christians. We’ve pinched their festival. We can hardly talk about “underhand”.

The best film of the year? I cannot wait.

Here’s an article you shouldn’t read until you’ve seen Michael Haneke’s excellent film Cache. It’s a good interview, but it tells you too much about his mysterious new film.

The studio that brought you Howl’s Moving Castle is moving on to Ursula LeGuin’s The Wizard of Earthsea.

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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.

  • Gene Branaman

    Studio Ghibli does Earthsea &, from the looks of the poster, get Ged’s color wrong – as did the SciFi TV piece of garbage. Ged is dark-skinned. It’s the whole point of the book, really. It’s like making Frodo a woman or something.

  • BethR

    I love that the Guardian editorial offers a “useful link” to the Archbishop of Canterbury (among others), so we can check on the official line regarding “dodgy” Christianity ;-)