Mark Steyn is Right about "Brokeback Mountain"

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for alerting me to this review of Brokeback Mountain by Mark Steyn, which sums up why this big screen emperor has no clothes.Caution: One obscenity included. I like Ms Proulx's books not because of the characters or the plots but because she's spent much of her life roaming the same turf I have -- Vermont, Quebec, Newfoundland -- and she's got a tremendous ability to capture the essence of the land, and in particular the way a harsh land shapes the character of its … [Read more...]

Specials: Allende & Walden; Slamming "End of the Spear"

Tuesday specials:The New York Times looks at Walden Media's Isabel Allende project.The Village Voice seeks to impale End of the Spear, the new film based on the famous and true missionary story Through Gates of Splendor. Coy crypto-Christian claptrap masquerading as feel-good ethnography, End of the Spear is part missionaries-in-peril potboiler (sans pot) and part Bush-era evangelical screed. It's the kind of oversweet cinematic Kool-Aid they used to force-feed us in Sunday … [Read more...]


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