My review of Terrence Malick’s "The New World"

I worked on this review until 1 a.m., got up at 5 a.m. and kept working on it. Then, realizing I had 2,500 words, I had to cut it back to the word-limit: 1,500.I didn't quite make it.So it's likely that, in the haze of my sleep deprivation, I may have missed a thing or two.But anyway, here is it is... my review of the I love the most from the past year, maybe two... … [Read more...]

The Catholic Report on Brian Flemming’s Claims That Jesus Didn’t Exist

Brian Flemming continues his campaign to explain to the world why he's positive that Jesus never existed. And The Catholic Report is there to document his progress.It's funny, the timing of this project. It seems like we're seeing every possible attack on Christ's credibility (or existence) at once, as if audiences will be happy to accept any alternatives to the truth, even if those alternatives contradict each other entirely.(via Mark Shea, of course) … [Read more...]

Adam Walter Really, Really Doesn’t Like the Narnia Film

Walter rants. So anyway, yes, I finally got out and saw Narnia. What a waste of time. It's one of the few really boring films of 2005. It's hard to say all of what went wrong--I don't have the time or enthusiasm to compile such a list, frankly. For some reason, the filmmakers felt a need to deviate from Lewis' story on a multitude of details regarding plot, dialogue, setting, character & motivation. Nearly every scene loses its way in a muddle of unnecessary confusion. This was as much a … [Read more...]

"The New World" Conundrum

Okay... I'm stuck.Most critics groups, and the Oscars, will consider Terrence Malick's "The New World" a 2005 release, because it screened for some critics a few weeks ago.But the final cut, which is much shorter, includes footage that wasn't in the longer cut, and is apparently quite a different film altogether, was just finished a few days ago... in 2006.So what do I do?Is this my favorite film of 2005... which it is, if it must be listed as a 2005 release?Or shall I go … [Read more...]

The Image Film Festival Starts Friday!

If you can get to Seattle this weekend, you should be sure to catch the Image Film Festival.Click the picture to see a larger version of the poster.Click here for information about the event, which should feature some challenging discussions. … [Read more...]

Mark Steyn is Right about "Brokeback Mountain"

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for alerting me to this review of Brokeback Mountain by Mark Steyn, which sums up why this big screen emperor has no clothes.Caution: One obscenity included. I like Ms Proulx's books not because of the characters or the plots but because she's spent much of her life roaming the same turf I have -- Vermont, Quebec, Newfoundland -- and she's got a tremendous ability to capture the essence of the land, and in particular the way a harsh land shapes the character of its … [Read more...]

Specials: Allende & Walden; Slamming "End of the Spear"

Tuesday specials:The New York Times looks at Walden Media's Isabel Allende project.The Village Voice seeks to impale End of the Spear, the new film based on the famous and true missionary story Through Gates of Splendor. Coy crypto-Christian claptrap masquerading as feel-good ethnography, End of the Spear is part missionaries-in-peril potboiler (sans pot) and part Bush-era evangelical screed. It's the kind of oversweet cinematic Kool-Aid they used to force-feed us in Sunday … [Read more...]

Who Will Star in Mary Doria Russell’s "The Sparrow"?

Thanks to Beth Rambo for alerting me to the latest on the film adaptation of The Sparrow, one of my favorite sci-fi novels. … [Read more...]

Where the Golden Globes Went Right or Wrong

As the results come in, I'll be listing the decisions that make some sense, and the decisions that make no sense at all... (And some I'll be ignoring because I don't care.)YESBest Television Series - Drama - Lost You'd better believe it! It stumbles from time to time, but it's full of surprises, great characters, and the sensational cast makes even the forgettable episodes worth watching.Best Actor, Drama - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Fan. Tastic. This really is one of the … [Read more...]

Cory Edwards Joins Derrickson and Gibson with a Rare Achievement. Plus, Narnia DVD and Walden Media news.

Cory Edwards, former director of contemporary Christian music videos, just watched his first feature film, the animated Weinstein picture Hoodwinked!, win the weekend box office race.Congratulations, Cory! You're in very rare company, being the first professing Christian to make a #1 movie since Scott Derrickson did it with The Exorcism of Emily Rose!Of course, being #1 is just a blessing. What really matters is whether or not the movie is good. I've seen Hoodwinked!, and I recommend it. … [Read more...]


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