Sarris on "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" – the raves continue

Andrew Sarris (The New York Observer) on Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Another surprise — perhaps as much for you as for me — is that in her last days, Sophie doesn’t emerge as some kind of secular saint, but rather as a deep believer in her mother’s Protestant Lutheran faith. Hence, when the German prison chaplain comes to give her the last rites, she explicitly beseeches him to entrust her soul to God’s mercy — this despite the agnosticism preached to her by her own beloved father from early … [Read more...]

Wolcott’s Take on "Vendetta."

James Wolcott warns us about V for Vendetta: V for Vendetta may be--why hedge? is--the most subversive cinematic deed of the Bush-Blair era, a dagger poised in midair. Unlike the other movies dubbed “controversial” (Fahrenheit 9-11, The Passion, Munich, Syriana), it doesn’t play to a particular constituency or polarized culture bloc, it’s working on a deeper, Edger Allen Poe-ish witch’s brew substrata of pop myth. Cultural conservatives will loathe it without seeing it (they love not having to l … [Read more...]

Introducing… The McPassion!

My friend Rik Swartzwelder, director of the award-winning short film "The Least of These," wrote and co-produced this marketing parody of the commercialization of The Passion of the Christ.And... yikes, it stings like a cat o'nine tails!Watch... The McPassion!!* (Caution: Some may find it irreverent. But I'd argue that the film isn't making fun of Christ. It's making fun of just how tactless and clueless many modern marketing endeavors can be.)And prepare for The Second … [Read more...]


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