Archives for October 2006

Babel (2006)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today in October 2006.-It's bullet time at the movies. Martin Scorsese's cops and crooks are clashing are unleashing storms of bullets, and Clint Eastwood's Marines are firing more shots than anyone could hope to count. But in Alejandro González Iñárritu's new film Babel, a single gunshot causes an international crisis. It's a shot heard around the world, and one you won't forget anytime soon.Who is to blame for that shattering blas … [Read more...]

Nicolosi Slays “Giants”

Buckle up.Barbara Nicolosi is a little late to the game with her views on Facing the Giants, but her new blog entry was worth the wait. … [Read more...]

There and Back Again

Looks like MGM is sticking to its "two Hobbit movies" plan... … [Read more...]

The “If Jesus Came Back…” Award-Winner: Stephen Baldwin!

Reading this article in Salon, I'm inspired to hand out the first "If Jesus Came Back" award.What's that about?It's the award given in honor of that famous line spoken by Max Von Sydow in Woody Allen's film Hannah and Her Sisters: "If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."The award goes to... yes... Stephen Baldwin!Here's a few choice excerpts: … [Read more...]

“Don’t Do Anything”: The New Sam Phillips Album, Coming in 2007

Not much to report here except that an amusing new branch of Sam Phillips' web site -- "Time Travels with Sam Phillips" -- now includes an interesting new photograph and caption that appears to reveal the title and release date of her next record.... … [Read more...]

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”

"Let them eat cake." That's a quote commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette, but a quick Google search will teach you that this isn't really the truth. We're not sure who said it. … [Read more...]

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

[A severely abridged version of this review was previously published at Christianity Today, and it did not end up representing the perspective I presented in my original draft. Here is the original, unabridged review.]•In Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, Keanu Reeves plays “Agent Fred,” an undercover officer in America’s war on drugs. He’s so deeply undercover that he’s become a drug addict himself, losing touch with reality. So the irony is painful when Agent Fred is ordered to foc … [Read more...]

Specials: FoxFaith, Leibowitz, and Bono

NEWMAN ON FOXFAITH Marc T. Newman challenges Christian filmmakers to seize the day.A SCI-FI CLASSIC Thomas Hibbs at The National Review celebrates one of my favorite sci-fi novels: A Canticle for Leibowitz.SOAKING IN VERSES FROM MATTHEW Jesus supercharges one man's zeal to help the poor, and once again, he does this through the ministry of Bono. "Bono doesn't have a lot of respect for the church, but he has a lot of respect for Christ," Jewett said, adding later, "I want people to be … [Read more...]

Busy week: Aronofsky, editing, Auralia. And “Little Children.”

My blogging might be slight this week, due to a pile-up of tasks. … [Read more...]

Mark Shea considers the Mel Gibson debacle

Were we seeing "the real Mel Gibson" when he went on his drunken rampage? … [Read more...]