Peter Jackson to Make “The Hobbit”

But who's going to direct it? Jackson? Del Toro?More questions:Will Holm be Bilbo? Will McKellen be Gandalf? Will Serkis be Gollum? (I ssssuspectsss three "yessssssses," to those questionsses, my precious.) Most importantly... will it really be The Hobbit, or some huge, epic, dark attempt to match or surpass The Lord of the Rings? Remember folks... The Lord of the Rings is epic mythology. The Hobbit is a children's story... Isn't it just a little satisfying to see that New Line is … [Read more...]

A Dark Day for Seattle Music

Terrible news. The beating heart of the Seattle music scene stopped beating yesterday.That abrupt, last thump was a solo set from David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion).I've lost track of how many concerts I've enjoyed at the Croc. So many memories: Sam Phillips, T-Bone Burnett, Over the Rhine, They Might Be Giants, not to mention that full day of waiting there and eating and drinking on a tip that R.E.M. was going to play a surprise live show (they didn't that night, but did a few … [Read more...]

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

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For decades, viewers have marveled at the deeply engraved face of actor Tommy Lee Jones. Now, seeing his directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, it all makes sense. You’d have extravagant furrows in your brow too if your imagination lived in territory like this.The Three Burials is about border crossings, but instead of playing the guy who arrests illegal aliens — as he did in Men in Black — Jones is playing Pete Perkins, a guy who watches with grim dismay as border patro … [Read more...]

THX 1138 (The Director’s Cut) (2004)

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Do you ever get the feeling that, to the government, you're just a number?Have you ever visited a church service, or a political rally, or a company meeting where you had the strange feeling that everybody had been brainwashed into "talking the talk" and going through the motions?Does the world sometimes feel cold and impersonal, and leave you longing for something more?If you said "yes" to any of these, it's likely that THX 1138 will draw you into its nightmare and leave you haunted … [Read more...]

Pixar Fun: Spot the In-Joke!

Jim Hill has just posted a fantastic guide to all of the ways in which one Pixar movie has been referenced in another Pixar movie.Did you know Nemo appears in Monsters Inc.? … [Read more...]

Specials: Keillor on the Nativity; Newman on Sex in “The Golden Compass”; Shea on Pullman’s “Idiots”; “Sweeney Todd”

Garrison Keillor on the nativity.Beautiful.  (A nod of thanks to Mark Shea for the link.)-The Golden Compass: Sexualizing Children in the World of His Dark MaterialsThank you, Mark T. Newman. (Haven't seen you in years! How are you, man?)-Philip Pullman's Useful IdiotsThank you, Mark Shea! -If you want a sneak peek at the opening credits of Sweeney Todd, well... here you go. But don't say I didn't warn you. It's bloody. … [Read more...]

Steve Brown: A Wild and Crazy Guy

"Steve Brown Etc." is not your typical Christian radio program. And Steve Brown is not your typical host. (In fact, because I appeared on his program on my day off, he granted me "three free sins." Bonus!) … [Read more...]

LA Weekly critics hail "There Will Be Blood" as a film of historic significance

LA Weekly critics love Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood: As for There Will Be Blood, about which you will be reading much more in the pages of the Weekly over the coming weeks, I will say only this: There are great films (like No Country For Old Men) and then there are films that send shock waves through the very landscape of cinema, that instantly stake a claim on a place in the canon. Often, such vanguard works fail to be fully understood or appreciated at the moment they first … [Read more...]

“Don’t Do Anything” on February 26

Here's the news to make all Sam Phillips fans look forward to the new year... Nonesuch Records will also release a new Sam Phillips album called Don't Do Anything on February 26, even if you have it marked down as January 29. This is a new direction for Sam as she produces the album herself and moves into a more rock element than previous works have shown. Thanks to Jim Bricker for the link! … [Read more...]

Mr. Lazarescu is Dead

You might have seen The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, one of the most unforgettable films I saw last year. It follows the last hours of an old man who needs urgent medical care. … [Read more...]


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