Innocence Mission / Over the Rhine updates

[CORRECTION: Seems I was duped by a rumor about Sufjan Stevens remastering the Innocence Mission album. Truth is, he just really really loves it, and there's a quote on the packaging of him raving about it.]Two of the most beautiful voices in music.Two married couples.Two of my favorite bands.Over the Rhine and The Innocence Mission.And in 2006, we'll be hearing new albums from both.Over the Rhine's new live record is about to ship to those who have ordered it through … [Read more...]

Specials: “Inside Man” – Spike Lee’s best film? Betty Page. Kieslowski.

Sunday specials:THE BEST SPIKE LEE FILM EVER? (via GreenCine Daily) Emmanuel Levy nearly hyperventilates raving about Spike Lee's Inside Man: ... nothing short of brilliant. As of March, it's the best film of 2006. It's also the best film Lee has made in his twenty-year career. I'll review the film at length next week, but for now, the best compliment I can pay Lee and Inside Man is to say that both the master of suspense Hitchcock and prince of New York City police dramas Sidney Lumet … [Read more...]

Specials: "The Dark Crystal." Proulx-poo. Carell and WHO?

Sunday specials:CRYSTAL METHOD Peter Chattaway finally watched The Dark Crystal. And he's not so sure it's the "New Age" trip it has been sometimes described to be.PROULX-POO E. Anne Proulx's account of the Oscars would never be described as "a romp.""IT'S THREE COLORS: BLUE MEETS THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRIGIN..." What great actress would you least expect to see paired with Steve Carell in a romantic comedy? How about my favorite actress, Juliette Binoche? … [Read more...]

The New World, and those who admire it religiously

The Village Voice's J. Hoberman says that The New World is the most beloved film of the last year... not because the most people loved it, but because those who do love it are devoted with the most passionate intensity. … [Read more...]

MirrorMask

Wow.I...Wow.I am punishing myself today for not seeing MirrorMask in the theater.I sat down to watch this last night because I was tired and wanted something that wouldn't demand too much attention... something that would, basically, take my mind off of the busy day and help me shift gears toward sleeping.I wasn't prepared to see something that would send me running back to revise my Best of 2005 list.I should have trusted the Jim Henson Company... this is an addition to … [Read more...]

Specials: Ebert on “Crash”-lash. Gaiman gets DeNiro and Pfeiffer. Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

IF YOU VOTED FOR CRASH, DOES THAT MEAN YOU HATE GAY PEOPLE? Roger Ebert asks the question that needs to be asked: Just 'cause I didn't vote for Brokeback, does that make me a homophobe? Good question. And by the way, if Hollywood is so homophobic, why did they spend the evening congratulating themselves for being so progressive? And why did they give Ang Lee Best Director? Why did they give Capote Best Actor?DE NIRO AND PFEIFFER GET STARDUST-ED Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer... … [Read more...]

After condemning Christianity Today in public, what’s Mr. Ted Baehr’s next amazing statement?

Here is Ted Baehr, still thinking he is the voice of Christian film criticism ... and frighteningly enough, many of them would say that he is... as he sums up the Oscars.Here are a few choice statements: Of course, by shutting out the best family movies with godly, Christian messages – like "The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Dreamer," "Madagascar" and "Chicken Little" – the Oscar ceremony ensured that it would get the lowest ratings ever from the TV audience, the vast majority of whom are fam … [Read more...]

Preview of Over the Rhine’s new album

Courtesy of Over the Rhine's Web site, you can now listen to two tracks from their new live album: Live from Nowhere.Lookin' Forward and MoondanceApparently, there's still time to order your signed copy of this special Limited Edition CD.And if you've already ordered, but you're wondering why it hasn't arrived, note the NEW SHIP DATE: All pre-ordered copies will ship in late March, after they get back from Middle-Earth. You see, they stumbled into Fangorn Forest, and Treebeard took … [Read more...]

Michelle Williams and “Brokeback Mountain”

[REVISED, after some second thoughts...]Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for catching this...[ ... AND thanks to Dan Buck for challenging my first post. I got a little too cocky (Can I say that in a post about Brokeback Mountain?), thinking I was responding to the SFC headmaster, when in fact I may have been reacting to a characterization of SFC exaggerated by the journalist who reported on them. ]'Brokeback' Star Slammed by Former School Brokeback Mountain actress Michelle Williams … [Read more...]

"Empire" strikes again

At The Guardian, author J.G. Ballard remembers the premiere of the movie about his childhood, my favorite Steven Spielberg drama: Empire of the Sun. Surprisingly, it was the film premiere in Hollywood, the fount of most of our planet's fantasies, that brought everything down to earth. A wonderful night for any novelist, and a reminder of the limits of the printed word. Sitting with the sober British contingent, surrounded by everyone from Dolly Parton to Sean Connery, I thought Spielberg's film … [Read more...]


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