Sony Starts Up the Next Dan Brown Movie

Well, like I said, I'm done posting about The Da Vinci Dud.But Peter Chattaway has just caught wind of a whole new pile of poo: Sony is starting the engines on their next Dan Brown movie -- Angels and Demons.It's also worth reading Chattaway's discovery of an applicable G.K. Chesterton quote, and Amy Wellborn's recent parade of home-run posts. So if you want to read the blogs of folks who haven't tired of writing about this, there you go. … [Read more...]

Frank Rich on Gullible Christians Getting Duped

A rather arresting commentary from the notorious Frank "I Still Hate The Passion of the Christ" Rich.The sad thing is that this time, he right about a lot of things.Problem is, it's on NYTimes Select, so you may not be able to read it.Here's a snippet: The Machiavellian mission for the hit-deprived Sony studio was to co-opt conservative religious critics who might depress turnout for a $125-million-plus thriller portraying the Roman Catholic Church as a fraud. To this end, as The … [Read more...]

Anybody Who Ever Watched “Siskel and Ebert” Needs to See This

If you thought Siskel and Ebert were good at fighting about movies, wait until you see what happened off-camera. … [Read more...]

The best music site on the Web is going to get even better.

Andy Whitman is going to work for All-Music Guide.Oh. my. stars.Thom Jurek, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, and Andy Whitman... three of my favorite music critics all in the same place. Fantastic. … [Read more...]

Specials: Kaurismäki. Ceylan. Rohmer. And X-Men.

GreenCine Daily has all of the Cannes links you could hope for, and some very interesting, if somewhat disappointing, reports.DIM LIGHT I loved Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past. But according to reviews posted at GreenCine, Kaurismäki's new film Lights in the Dusk isn't as easy to love.CEYLAN RETURNS I'm also very surprised to read the disappointed reviews over Ikilmer (Climates), the latest feature by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. His last film, Distant, which I reviewed for The Other J … [Read more...]

Last post on "Da Vinci Code": a review by Steven D. Greydanus

Okay, to wrap up the week of "Da Vinci Code" reviews, here's Steven D. Greydanus: Some Christians have optimistically hoped that The Da Vinci Code might provide a potential opportunity for dialogue and discussion about Jesus with people who might not otherwise be open to such discussions. Yet if anything the film seems calibrated precisely to inoculate viewers against any such discussion — to leave viewers with a skeptical agnosticism about efforts to set the record straight is all part of the c … [Read more...]

How can we be so sure that these new “gospels” aren’t true?

Read Jesus Out of Focus, if you want a concise, focused reply to the surge of new theories driving The Da Vinci Code and The Gospel of Judas.Here's an excerpt... Of course, to evaluate these claims we must determine the value of these apocryphal Gospels. Do they represent legitimate voices suppressed in antiquity? In the last five years, this debate has intensified. Some scholars argue that the canonical boundary that separates our Scriptures from the apocrypha should come down. Others … [Read more...]

Mike Johnson prepares "The Tale of Despereaux"

One of my favorite childrens' stories... the kind that's so good, adults should be reading it... … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, Peter Chattaway open fire on “Da Vinci”

It's National "How Ridiculous is The Da Vinci Code" Day, it seems.SECOND UPDATE:David Poland thinks that the bad reviews have been too kind!* * * * *UPDATE:A.N. Wilson and Christopher Tookey in The Telegraph, linked by Amy Welborn:* * * * *Peter T. Chattaway: The press kit for the movie is contradicting both the book and the film on historical matters.Peter Travers (Rolling Stone): There's no code to decipher. Da Vinci is a dud -- a dreary, droning, dull-witted … [Read more...]

Mark Shea is saving Ireland…

Mark Shea is saving Ireland... from The Da Vinci Code.From Day 4 of his Ireland journal: More TV and radio interviews yesterday. One sympathetic and a couple more asking the tired question, "Isn't it just fiction?" I proposed a fictional film in which all the homosexuals in the world were engaged in a vast conspiracy to destroy Western Civilization."That would be offensive."No duh.The *only* time people fall for this notion that a fictional story which goes out of its way to … [Read more...]