Archives for April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston dead at 84

"Charlton Heston might be said to achieve his apotheosis as Moses ... unless one decides that it's Moses who's achieving his apotheosis as Heston." - Jonathan RosenbaumHere's the MSNBC story. LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife … [Read more...]

“I’m not religious. But I’m a very spiritual person.”

"I'm not religious. But I'm a spiritual person. Very spiritual. I'm not into organized religion."Can't think of a claim I've heard more often in my interviews with filmmakers, actors, and artists. … [Read more...]

Tag, I’m It… 4×4.

Andy Whitman tagged Martin Stillion.Martin Stillion tagged me.My turn, I guess.Okay, here goes... … [Read more...]

Do You Believe? Scorsese, Lynch, and Others Answer

Adam Walter's found some interesting reading: A book called Do You Believe?, featuring interviews with folks like David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Saul Bellow, and Eli Weisel, about their own perspectives on, and experiences with, God, faith, and religion.  … [Read more...]

Tell “The Hobbit” Screenwriters: What Do You Hope They Get Right?

I was rereading a chapter of Watership Down the other night, refreshing my memory on the way that Richard Adams builds such excruciating suspense without sacrificing beautiful descriptive language. And I began worrying about what might happen when Hollywood gets around to cooking up another big-screen version of this great story.That got me worrying about The Hobbit... again. (As if I don't have enough to worry about.)Let's compose an open letter to the screenwriters of The Hobbit, now … [Read more...]

At the Death House Door (2008) – A Guest Review by Kenneth R. Morefield

Some of you know that the failure of the Academy to nominate Steve James' documentary Hoop Dreams stands as one of the greatest embarrassments in Academy history.Some of you know James' next project, Stevie, is one of my favorite documentaries.So you can bet I sat up straight when this review of James' new film At the Death House Door came in from Kenneth R. Morefield... … [Read more...]

Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

An abridged version of this review was published today at Christianity Today Movies.-How is childhood like a red balloon?Watching Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s new film Flight of the Red Balloon, there are many possible answers to that question. … [Read more...]