Want to Buy a Pixar? Sorry. Sold Out.

Scott Cunningham reveals the evidence pointing to Disney's purchase of Pixar.Shazbot. And I'd been saving for so long...Oh well, at least I can afford one more peppermint mocha at Starbucks before the season's over. Wait... the season's over??!I concur with Scott's comments: May God watch over Pixar, the finest American filmmaking studio. Long may their perfect record stand. … [Read more...]

Specials: Sam Rockwell! Spear-ited debate! EIEIO!

Seattle Seahawk Sunday specials:SAM ROCKWELL IS (not)... BATMAN! If you really want to see what happens when Sam Rockwell puts on a Batman suit, click here, then click on the image from the film. Don't say I didn't warn you. (PG-13-level content)THE MUNICH WARS GreenCine Daily rounds up the latest bulletins. Screenwriter Tony Kushner starts it off saying, In the last month, the co-creators of Munich have been accused of being apologists for the Palestinians, apologists for Israel, … [Read more...]

Greg Wolfe on "Why the Inklings Aren’t Enough"

In the new issue of Image, editor Greg Wolfe writes about the problem of Christian veneration of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. ...it has often been noted that the two Oxford dons at the center of the famous literary group known as the Inklings — C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien — would be appalled by the virtual canonization that has been conferred on them by adoring fans.What concerns me, however, is not so much the tendency of many Christians to treat these two writers as saints, as dubious … [Read more...]

Chattaway on "The New World." And no, we’re not the same person.

Today, for the first time in our... golly, ten-year friendship? ... I received an email from someone asking if Peter Chattaway was one of my pseudonyms.Wow.We do show up in a lot of the same places online and in print. But we frequently disagree on films, and sometimes clash mightily.This time, though, we're both recommending that you rush out and see The New World. My review was posted earlier today. In 2006, it's going to be a hard movie to beat on my Year's Best list.Now, … [Read more...]

"The New World": What Got Cut, What Was Added, What Will Be On the Expanded DVD?

F.X. Feeney answers the nagging questions about the theatrical version of The New World ... and teases us with news about the upcoming DVD... news that has made me stand up and rejoice.(Thanks to GreenCine Daily, of course, for the link...) … [Read more...]

Gaffney on "Scrubs"

My friend Sean Gaffney has a window on screenwriting in Hollywood that gives him unique insights on the industry, so I'm thrilled to see him blogging.Too bad he started out by defending King Kong.Oh well, anyway... THIS week he's highlighting something that happened on "Scrubs," and it makes me very sorry I missed the show. … [Read more...]

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...]


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