Archives for November 2006

Record-Breaker: 17 Movies in This week’s Film Forum

Which Christian film critic calls The Fountain "a syncretistic mishmash that never addresses core biblical teaching about humanity's sin and our need for a Savior"? And which one calls it "a brilliantly conceived and executed artistic vision"? Who said Deja Vu "feels a bit like a shell game"? What do Christian critics think of the new James Bond? Is Bobby going to "lead many people astray, morally, politically and theologically" with "false Romantic, Neo-Marxist liberal ideology and … r … [Read more...]

Manderlay (2005)

Danish director Lars von Trier gave us a remarkable, audacious film in 2004 called Dogville. The film starred Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Anne Bancroft, and a supporting cast of familiar faces, but it also demanded our own participation. The story played out on a stage decorated with a few props and chalk outlines that told us where the houses, streets, and other important landmarks were.The film told the story of a gangster's daughter, Grace, who happens upon a small town and, during her vi … [Read more...]

“United 93”: First Impressions

Well, I took a deep breath and watched United 93 during the Seattle snowstorm.And it was just as harrowing as I feared, just as harrowing as it should be. … [Read more...]

New York Times on the Jackson/Hobbit Situation

The New York Times is now giving page space to the current troubles in The Shire.It's likely that the smart money is on Jackson still getting the job. We'll see.Why do I care?I love that book.If I could, I would keep The Hobbit off the big screen because of the way the movie will rob so many young people of the opportunity to imagine it all for themselves. … [Read more...]

Frederica Matthewes-Green on “The Nativity Story”

Here's Frederica, entertaining and insightful as always, with her take on Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story. … [Read more...]

“The Turning” Rediscovered at NPR

Today, NPR posted... of all things... a review of the album that was a turning point in my life. … [Read more...]

Keeping the Christ-movie in Christmas

When I worked for the City of Seattle's Department of Construction and Land Use, one of the directors hung pictures of Buddhist temples and Buddha statues all over her office and even outside her office for passers-by to enjoy.I found this strange, since I was told that I couldn't have a little desk-top Christmas tree in my work space during the holidays because it was a "religious symbol" and could offend my coworkers.Then, when I put up a Christmas card with a picture of Santa on it, I … [Read more...]

Questions for the writer of "The Nativity Story"?

I'll be interviewing Mike Rich, screenwriter of Finding Forrester, The Rookie, Radio, and The Nativity Story, this afternoon.The guy's being interviewed by all kinds of religious press publications. I'm sure he's heard some questions a hundred time.So I'm sitting here listing questions that he might not have heward. I'm curious... what would YOU ask him? What do you want to know about The Nativity Story and how it was made? … [Read more...]

“The Nativity Story”: Gritty realism? Or sentimental, romantic iconography?

Christianity Today's David Neff, in the new issue: "This film ... runs from the horror [of Herod's bloodshed] and quickly reverts into Silent Night"-happy ending mode. The shift from the realism of Mary and Joseph's life in Nazareth to the romantic iconography of the Nativity scene seems to be a surrender to the romantic structrure of the plot. The gritty reality of village life in first-century Palestine is abandoned in favor of Christmas-card sentimentality, with wise men, shepherds, animals, … [Read more...]

Snow Day at Overstreet Headquarters

Anne wisely decided not to sit back and relax on several inches of snow.But I chose otherwise. … [Read more...]