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.) YES Best 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...]

The Online Film Critics Society awards: The Rotten Tomatoes gang decides!

Wow... some real surprises here. And a few of the names that got my votes WON! Best Director: David Cronenberg, “A History of Violence” Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote” Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line” Best Supporting Actor: Mickey Rourke, “Sin City” Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bello, “A History of Violence” Best Original Screenplay: “Good Night and Good Luck,” George Clooney and Grant Heslov Best Adapted Screenplay: “Brokeback … [Read more...]

Specials: Helprin’s caution. "Serenity 2"? How "Hoodwinked" Happened. "The White Countess." SNL.

Sunday's specials: What a friendly neighborhood I live in! This morning, I'm walking around the streets of Shoreline, Washington, and as I'm waiting at a crosswalk, I see in the window of the house next to me... ...a wooden cross... ... a Bush/Cheney poster... ... a digital-readout message panel that is flashing these words to all who pass by: "Liberals - THE ENEMIES WITHIN"... ... and a security camera, pointing right at me and anyone who happens to walk by and notice the sign. … [Read more...]

Shelley Winters, 1920 – 2006

The world bids farewell to Shelley Winters. … [Read more...]

Specials: Download a free Narnia script. Brad baby. Wheaton vs. Catholics.

Thursday specials: WHAT DID MR. BEAVER SAY? The official script of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe isn't easy to get. But fans have put one together, if you're willing to read their version... BRAD AND ANGELINA'S BABY NAMED SEXIEST FETUS ALIVE Borowitz strikes again. (via Mark Shea.) CATHOLIC PROFESSORS, YOU'RE FIRED! Wheaton, which proudly houses papers by the Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien, fired a popular professor recently for converting to … [Read more...]

Altman wins an Oscar… at last.

What's your favorite Robert Altman film? I love Gosford Park. And several others... He's been one of the Oscars' most overlooked talents for decades. At last, he's getting some credit. … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #4

What film is this half-shot from? The winner will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. HINT: The film was in color, not black and white. I couldn't find a color-version of this shot. … [Read more...]