The Browser, 6/9: Nicolosi likes "Sex and the City"; Neil Jordan’s "Ondine"; Brooks on leadership

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Let’s give her credit… it’s a clever post title.

(I was rather proud of mine too: “Sex and the CT.”)

Moviegoing superdelegate Barbara Nicolosi casts her vote in favor of Sex and the City:

I saw this film on its opening Friday a couple weeks ago, and have been wanting to blog about it ever since. I was going to post a mostly positive blog, but then I started reading a lot of what other Christians are writing about the movie and I chickened out.

Contrary to the bad rap the film is getting from a lot of conservatives, the real theme of SATC is not, “be shamelessly promiscuous and materialistic”, but somewhat shockingly, “If you don’t forgive, you will never have a happily ever after.” All of the main story lines in the movie are about the need for mature relationships to move into forgiveness. And reaffirming that the film is really most about the female friendships, the most poignant moments in the film come around the falling out between Miranda and Carrie that comes towards the end of the third act. When Miranda demands that Carrie forgive her, and Carrie throws back at her friend her own refusal to forgive poor hapless Steve.

I liked it. So hit me.

Hey, I haven’t seen the movie, so I won’t judge it. Once in a while, Nicolosi and I actually agree on a movie. On issues of faith and creativity we almost always agree, and I admire her passion for inspiring Christian artists toward excellence.

And I’m inclined to be very nice to her right now, as my closest moviegoing friend, Danny Walter, is moving to LA in a couple of weeks to take classes at the house that Barbara built: ACT ONE.


Neil Jordan’s next catch

Ondine sees writer/director Neil Jordan returning to fantasyland. Cool.

Neil Jordan has dabbled in the supernatural before. He’d probably like to forget the maligned Annette Bening thriller In Dreams, but on the other hand Interview with the Vampire is one of his most successful — and most mainstream — efforts. After a few more straightforward outings, Jordan will be delving back into fantasy with Ondine, starring Colin Farrell and Mexican-Polish newcomer Alicja Bachleda. Bachleda will play the title character, a mythical sea nymph who gets caught in the net of a fisherman (Farrell) and changes the lives of the people in his Irish town. Jordan wrote the script himself, and the project is set to start shooting next month.


Lincoln’s rough edges

David Brooks on the need for a leader who knows his own weaknesses.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • gordonhackman

    This my favorite statement from the Brook’s article: “The central illusion of modern politics is that if only people as virtuous as ‚Äúus‚Äù had power, then things would be better.” I think Christians who seek political power and influence should really reflect on that statement.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    No… Lady in the Water was The Secret of Roan Innish 2.


    Ladies in the water go wayyy back. Just as King Arthur.

  • thomwade

    So…Ondine is Lady in the Water 2?