William Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open, showed up in the pages of today's USA Today, addressing the potential for Christians to encourage productive dialogue through the medium of film. Only when evangelicals agree to look at Hollywood not just as an evangelistic tool, or a harmless entertainment provider, but also as an important participant in cultural discourse will they understand that as a major share of the movie market, they are in a position to shape that vital discussion. I … [Read more...]
Since Wayne Proctor won the last Half-Shot Contest, correctly identifying a frame from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the name "Wayne" is your hint for this frame. What film is this moment from? The winner gets to choose the film for the next contest. … [Read more...]
Specials: Rosenbaum on "Three Burials." Walter on "Crash." And the sequel we’ve all been waiting for.
Monday specials: "A QUIRKY COWBOY MASTERPIECE" Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. There are elements in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that I tend to distrust when they crop up in other movies. There's the theme of redemption, which can all too easily lead to a Hollywood cop-out, even (or maybe especially) when it's tied to some notion of religious transcendence. There's the taken-for-granted dysfunctional … [Read more...]
Lots of great stuff up at GreenCine, including: So The New World won't be a hit. That's to be expected. "More disheartening is to see a certain cache of movie writers come swarming out to greet Malick's latest as an exercise in how arch and unimpressed they can act in the face of a work that — whatever one's opinion of its qualities — shouldn't be denied its singularity," writes Nick Pinkerton in Stop Smiling. "An American history written in intimate, undistilled emotion; an attentive, … [Read more...]
What happens if the referees make the right call, and see that Pittsburgh's quarterback did NOT break the touchdown line with the ball? You take away a Pittsburgh touchdown. The replays made it clear: He came as close as you can get, but he was stopped at the line — the ball never crossed it. What happens if, as the announcers agreed, you give Seattle that touchdown reception, in which there was only the typical jostling for position and not offensive-pass-interference? You give Seattle a … [Read more...]