Archives for December 8, 2006

Family Stories: My Conversation with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Director of “Babel”

This interview was originally published at Christianity Today on November 8, 2006.-Alejandro González Iñárritu has a lot of stories to tell. He packs several of them into each film that he makes. In three critically acclaimed features — Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and the latest, Babel — he and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have told at least nine, depending on how you unravel his complex tapestries of narrative.All three films bear the distinct style and perspective of storytellers who … [Read more...]

"Apocalypto": the reviews are in.

So... what did Mel Gibson do with all of that money he made off of The Passion of the Christ? He made Apocalypto. And here's what Christian film critics are saying...Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films): Gibson is a consummate filmmaker, and the action is never less than riveting. Yet as the film repeatedly ratchets up the wince factor beyond what seems necessary or appropriate, it’s hard not to feel that suffering has been reduced to spectacle. The Passion offered a redemptive context for i … [Read more...]

“Wings of Desire”: Stage Play

My favorite film, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, has been re-made once before... as a forgettable, cheezy American romance called City of Angels. Now, it's being remade again, night after night, onstage. … [Read more...]

The Weinsteins Start Up Their Own “Faith-Based” Film Endeavor

Great.Now the Weinstein Company is developing a faith-based filmmaking line.Since the Contemporary Christian Music has done so much to sidetrack Christian musicians so their music doesn't accidentally end up in arenas where the world might hear it... why not create Contemporary Christian Cinema? That way, faith-related films can play to those who already agree with their messages, and to those who don't want to bother with the challenges of mainstream movies. Meanwhile, mainstream … [Read more...]

Firefly is back. (Sort of.)

With each passing week, it continues to blow my mind that there is nobody out there able to talk sense into a television network and organize the return of Joss Whedon's Firefly. … [Read more...]