A New Head Honcho in the the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcasting

Mark Shea reports on the appointment of a new head guy in the Catholic office of film. … [Read more...]

“Charming and Dangerous”

My collegue-in-blogging Clint M. pointed me to this review of Sam Phillips' "A Boot and a Shoe," which includes this excellent description of Sam's work: … [Read more...]

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, a True Time-Waster

Just came out of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story beaten senseless by the locker room humor. It's like someone said, "Let's do something like Zoolander, but with a lot more of the really really dumb parts, and then recycle a few of the funny parts."I got tired of this kind of humor when I was a sophomore in high school. … [Read more...]

First Look at The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Can you feel the chill? The Witch's winter is coming... … [Read more...]

It Probably Won’t Be Remembered As “Around the World in 80 Raves”

Decent Films' Steven D. Greydanus raves...  … [Read more...]

A few snippets of my wild day today…

My brother Jason, singer/songwriter/composer for the a capella group Rescue, is in the emergency room due to a very serious spider bite, and is getting heavily dosed with painkillers and antibiotics. Apparently he'll have to go through a series of treatments before the volcano on his arm goes away. I'm told his elbow swelled up to the the size of a tennis ball, to say nothing of what happened to the rest of his arm. Yikes. The scary thing is that he's never seen the spider, so he doesn't know … [Read more...]

Email of the Day

For what it's worth, I posted a response at CT Movies to all of those readers who wrote in to tell me that I will be severely judged by the Lord because of my earlier-posted article, in which I argued that profanity is sometimes an appropriate element in art.But not all of the responses to the article were negative. … [Read more...]

A “Thank You” 20 Years in the Making

I have wanted to meet Sam Phillips since 1986. That dream has become increasingly strong over the years since then, as her songs have become the most personal and important to me out of any music I've heard. If I had to choose ten songs that have meant the most to me in my lifetime, about half of them would be hers.Last night, I discovered that our dinner table for a party of six was placed directly in front of the microphone. Couldn't have been closer. And then, about 40 minutes after a … [Read more...]

Tidal Wave of Raves for The Life Aquatic

Peppered with CAPITALIZED EXPLETIVES (you've been warned), the early screening "reviews" (better: unedited, sloppy, gushing superlatives) are coming in after a screening of Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," the film I'm more anxious to see than anything since The Return of the King.Here's the link to the foulmouthed fanboys at Ain't-It-Cool News, declaring what may well become the movie to beat at the Oscars this year. Bill Murray's time has come. Well, it came last year, … [Read more...]

My Favorite Response to Saved!

The best response to the movie Saved! that I've heard yet is a one-line quip passed along by my friend Michael Leary, who heard someone else say it after a screening of the film... … [Read more...]