Frank Darabont on Horror Movies and His Rejected Indy Script

Two highlights of the new MTV interview with Frank "Shawshank Redemption" Darabont, who is directing Stephen King's The Mist: MTV: You obviously are a great lover of the horror genre. What do you think of films like "Hostel" and "Saw"?Darabont: The torture-porn thing is pretty distasteful. I'm just not into it. Horror unfortunately tends to go in these cycles where it puts itself back in this ghetto. I just don't find anything amusing about people getting tortured. I wish we weren't making … [Read more...]

Who’s steering Narnia’s “Dawn Treader”?

Looks like "amazing grace" has been granted to Narnia. … [Read more...]

"The Children of Hurin" – J.R.R. Tolkien’s "latest"

My friend and fellow Tolkien enthusiast Geoffrey DeWeese was surprised and upset when I expressed skepticism about the upcoming release of a "new" story by J.R.R. Tolkien.I confess, I was feeling really cynical about the whole affair. I've never found the immeasurable amount of extra Middle-Earth material to be compelling or even very interesting. Give me the enthralling narratives of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Give me more of his children's stories, like the Father Christmas … [Read more...]

"The Promise of Beauty" – another ode to Malick

I've just discovered a passionate, eloquent description of the greatness of Terrence Malick.If you're sick of my raves about The New World, you'll probably want to ignore this. But if you want to "get" what Malick's up to, here's another insightful perspective. … [Read more...]


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