Archives for May 2010

The Hobbit needs a director… and a star.

By now you probably know the sad news: Guillermo Del Toro has left The Hobbit. I will always wonder what Guillermo Del Toro's version of The Hobbit would have been like.Almost every movie fan site is full of chatter about this. Whose fault is it? Should Peter Jackson replace him? … [Read more...]

Sitting up with my “dying friend.”

Annie Dillard in The Writing Life says: … [Read more...]

The Enigmatic Terrence Malick

The long, long wait for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life continues, and I'm enjoying every delicious day of suspense.In the meantime, here's one of the more substantial articles about it that I've seen.And I love this bit: … [Read more...]

Comment Magazine “Comments” on My Storytelling

Mercy.How am I supposed to get any work done when journals like Comment publish very distracting articles like... … [Read more...]

Why is Twilight popular?

Here's a simple three-minute explanation of Twilight's popularity... … [Read more...]

Beware of Agora: Part 3. – Even Atheists Are Rejecting This Film’s Version of History.)

I wonder what Amenabar will say when he's confronted with the real history of his subject.The more I read about this film, the stronger my Agora-phobia becomes. It's just so PC to paint Christians as history's villains. Imagine what would happen if people started rewriting history and portraying , say, homosexuals... or environmentalists... or African Americans... as responsible for crimes and atrocities that were not really their responsibility. The mainstream media would make quite an … [Read more...]

Gaffney: Good Script Gone Bad

My pal Sean Gaffney mourns the loss of a grand opportunity: Nottingham. … [Read more...]

Beware of Agora: Part 2 – Cautionary Words on Badly Botched History

This poster says that one woman changed history.Truth is, it's the filmmakers who changed history.Earlier, I posted a link to some strong words about the new movie called Agora.Here are more cautionary words, showing the distortion of historical details in the film, distortions that portray the storytellers' prejudice … [Read more...]

Andrew O’Hehir on Sex and the City 2

Andrew O'Hehir at Salon: It would have been more merciful for writer-director Michael Patrick King to have rented Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda out to the “Saw” franchise, or to Rob Zombie, so we could watch them get shot in the head or skinned alive by Arkansas rednecks. Instead of that, we get something that’s truly sadistic: the SATC girls as haggard specters, haunted by their freewheeling ’90s past and stupefied by the demands of work, marriage and/or motherhood. This bloated … [Read more...]

Joe Henry reports on Over the Rhine:

From Joe Henry's Facebook page: … [Read more...]