Hughes: Don’t miss Munyurangambo, "far and away the best debut I saw all year"

Darren Hughes, a moviegoer whose recommendations have led me to some memorable and profoundly inspiring films over the last few years, has just posted about another one I'm adding to my must-see list. He writes: Munyurangabo was one of my favorite films of 2007 and was far and away the best debut I saw all year. I'm really eager to see what [filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung] does next. His in-depth article about the film, which includes a conversation with the filmmaker, has just been published in … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Sex and the City; Reprise; Stuck; Bigger, Stronger, Faster; Body of War; Savage Grace; The Edge of Heaven; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;

SEX AND THE CITY Courtney: Most of the few Christian voices speaking to the growing single segment of the population offer ten easy steps to find our soulmate. As if it's that wondrously simple. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, however, show how challenging it really can be for intelligent, accomplished, and admittedly neurotic women to find lasting love. They, unlike many Christians, don't insult my intelligence. Instead they speak to the complexities of relationships in a … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Tina Ann Forkner!

My friend Tina Ann Forkner has been waiting for this week for a long, long time. … [Read more...]

David Kennedy on Sam Phillips’ New Album

David Kennedy is rambling — no, raving! — about the new Sam Phillips album, Don't Do Anything. Longtime fans - small in number but fierce in loyalty - will no doubt furrow their brows in concern for their beloved singer when they hear Don't Do Anything. If Boot was injected with intermittent optimism borne of fresh wounds, the new album has the sound of healed-over scar tissue. It's by no means relentlessly dark, but it is often darkly comic. ... ... [T]o those for whom music - … [Read more...]

Will it be James “Bilbo Baggins” McAvoy?

The Daily Express may have the answer to the question that has kept the imaginations of Hobbit fans firing on all cylinders in recent weeks: Who are Del Toro and Jackson planning to cast in the lead of The Hobbit? … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, G.K. Chesterton!

When asked to list my ten Desert Island Books, I always include G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. So I would be embarrassed if I did not mark today's importance. From today's Writer's Almanac: It's the birthday of the novelist and essayist G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton, (books by this author) born in London, England (1874). He's remembered today for his detective novels about the bumbling, crime-solving priest Father Brown, but during his lifetime he was primarily known as an essayist. He wrote … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/27: Sydney Pollack; first Coldplay review; Phillips’ single; Springsteen’s gospel; Christians & pop culture; Lamb’s lecture notes; Indiana Jones’ most painful ordeal

Remembering Sydney Pollack GreenCine Daily compiles the tributes. What's your favorite Pollack film? - Over-praising Coldplay What appears to be the first review of Coldplay's Viva la Vida has appeared in The Sun. It's a review by Gordon Smart. Now, I'm somewhat curious about the album. I've always found Coldplay moderately entertaining, but never truly inspiring, and nowhere near riveting. But I am very curious about the vast popularity of the band, and I keep going back … [Read more...]

Kindlings Muse at the Movies: Iron Man, Standard Operating Procedure, I’m Not There, and many more…

A couple of weeks ago, Dick Staub, Jennie Spohr, Greg Wright, and I discussed Iron Man, Standard Operating Procedure; The Visitor; I'm Not There; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; Steel City; and the upcoming summer blockbusters that we're hoping will turn out to be worth seeing... like Indiana Jones, Get Smart, Wall-E, The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2. … [Read more...]

Has Terry Gilliam Found His Don Quixote?

Has Terry Gilliam found his Don Quixote? Contactmusic reports that Johnny Depp is back in cahoots with Terry Gilliam as they try once again to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a movie about that greatest challenger of windmills, Don Quixote. Depp worked with Gilliam on this project once before, but the production collapsed due to various catastrophes chronicled in the hilarious documentary Lost in La Mancha. But it looks like they're ready to try again. Alas, Gilliam's first choice to … [Read more...]

Shrek (2001)

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Anthony Lane at The New Yorker and Eric Metaxas at Books and Culture — these men are admirable and thoughtful critics. And both of them are upset about Dreamworks' new animated movie. They  think Shrek is trying to teach us that we don't need fairy tales. With all due respect to writers whose work I have admired, I'm a little surprised that they're missing the actual target of Shrek's snarky and irreverent story. Let's start at the beginning: Shrek is a somewhat subversive fairy … [Read more...]