"You can't pasteurize the Academy Award, you can't negotiate it. It is the top." - Felicity Huffman, Transamerica Hate to break it to you, Ms. Huffman, but, well, you're completely wrong. "I was completely surprised." - Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line Ummm... if any nomination this year was a lock, it was yours, Reese. Give yourself some credit. "My levels of gratitude will be overflowing all day, so I'll be making a mess as they spill all over wherever I go." - Bennett Miller, Capote I … [Read more...]
If Hollywood thinks Brokeback Mountain is more interesting and artful than A History of Violence and The New World, and when nobody even notices a piece of rare big screen treasure like Millions... well, they've just lost any interest or respect I had for this year's Oscar event. I'm not even sure host John Stewart will be enough to make me tune in. … [Read more...]
If you could cast ten actors in a film, who would you bring together? Post your thoughts in the comments. I remember "casting" Ian Holm as Bilbo and Ian McKellan as Gandalf in my dream Lord of the Rings film many years before Jackson took on the project, and he did oh so well with the rest of that casting. But rarely have I been as excited about an assembling of actors as I am about the new film by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento). I mean, just LOOK at it: Andy Serkis has … [Read more...]
And the answer is... BADLANDS. Congratulations, Nick Alexander, who was the first to identify the source of these two Half-Shots! As reward, Nick Alexander has become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Just see for yourself! Watch for Half-shot Contest #5, coming soon! … [Read more...]
Well, no one has come up with the right answer to Half-shot Contest #4. So I'll post half of ANOTHER picture, this time in color, from the same film. I think this one will turn the contest from a challenge into a race. Post your guess in the comments. … [Read more...]
You already know that The Book of Daniel has been euthanized (one instance in which I approve of a mercy killing). But you gotta read this Slate article about the challenge of making meaningful television, and the mysterious science of learning what Christians will watch. Some of the stuff there will probably be old news to you, but it's worth it for the last part, where things get really interesting. (Thanks, Russ, for the link.) … [Read more...]
Specials: Auralia. Superman and Che pics. Whit Stillman. A follow-up to "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner." Michel Gondry + Dave Chappelle.
Thursday specials: PRAY FOR AURALIA AND ME I'd appreciate your prayers. It's not a crisis, but in the story of my life, it's a big deal. For the next four days, I will be putting the finishing touches on my novel Auralia's Colors and sending it in to the publisher. By "finishing touches," I mean I'll be making the last changes before the editors mark it up and send me things that they think need changing. So there's still a long way to go. But this is quite a landmark for me, and suddenly I … [Read more...]
Wednesday specials: The Natvity! Chris Penn. Matthewes-Green on "Paradise Now." Da Vinci Decoded. Pixar. Amber Alert. X3 posers.
Wednesday's specials: REMEMBER WHEN I ASKED WHO WILL MAKE A MOVIE OF THE NATIVITY? This just popped up at Done Deal, the script sales site: Title: Nativity Log line: Centers on the two-year period of Mary and Joseph's life, culminating in their leaving Nazareth and journeying 100 miles to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Key characters and events such as King Herod, John the Baptist's parents (Zachariah and Elizabeth), the shepherds who were witness to Jesus' birth; and the arrival of the … [Read more...]
Today I received this letter in response to my Brokeback Mountain review. Its typical of other responses I've received, but this one was such a convenient distillation of the various contradictions and claims that I was grateful for the chance to address so many common attacks on Christian faith in one fell swoop. When someone starts out by telling you to put down your Christian persepctive and see things the way they are, well, you know you're in for a grand time. I'm not the most eloquent … [Read more...]