Catholic Priest Watches Movies with Muslim Imam!

I believe that the lion will lie down with the lamb, but this... this is remarkable! LISBON, Portugal — The Muslim imam and the Roman Catholic priest watch movies together at each other’s homes. The Adventist nun reads the imam’s mail for him because he can’t read Portuguese. And the three congregations sometimes hold joint prayers for world peace. While Islamic outrage over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad has brought mob rampages to many countries across the globe, members of a tight-knit com … [Read more...]

Doug and the Dardennes

I imagine that for Doug Cummings meeting the Dardennes was as thrilling as it would have been for me to interview Krzysztof Kieslowksi.The interview that resulted is in the new issue of Paste, which I believe is read by more and more cinephiles all the time. So hurry out and buy a copy (even if you do read the article on his site.)And when it reaches your town's theaters, go see the Dardennes' latest masterpiece (that's three, arguably four, in a row!): L'Enfant. … [Read more...]

News of the Bizarre: Church Taking Nigerian Film Industry By Storm

Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for linking to this rather surprising development in... uh... "Nollywood." Mark Steyn mentioned a few months ago that Nigeria "now has the third biggest film industry in the world, after Hollywood and Bollywood." What he didn't mention -- but I guess it was inevitable -- is that the Nigerian film industry now goes by the name "Nollywood". And now, the Associated Press reports that one church has been taking the industry by storm. … [Read more...]

Adam Walter on violent movies, scary movies, and Flannery O’Connor

The most interesting thing I read all day was Adam Walter's post on the difference between "disturbing" films and "scary" films.He ends up talking about the effect of violence in art, and quoting a lot of Flannery O'Connor, which is always a good thing.Nice work, Adam. Really interesting stuff.And way to go, Nate Bell, for making Adam think and blog. … [Read more...]

"Don’t Come Knocking" – full of "Christian content"?

By the way, one of the films I recently really enjoyed -- Don't Come Knocking -- contains the following content, listed for your convenience by the "Christian reviewer"* at Movieguide:Content:Very strong humanist, anti-biblical worldview with immoral characters who are driven by their broken souls to make life decisions, as well as light Christian elements can be seen by discerning viewers that shows the fruitlessness and emptiness of immoral decisions and God-less lifestyles;24 … [Read more...]

Specials: Defending “Bubble.” Poo-pooing Proulx’s poo-poo. New Issues of Paste and Risen! Bad Refs.

Defending Bubble. What to do when friends disagree over movies?Jessica Poundstone wrote in to take issue with Adam Walter's assessment of Soderbergh's Bubble: The real reason I'm commenting is that I think Bubble deserves a much more careful viewing than Mr. Walter has given it. I'm not saying it's one of Soderburgh's very best, but I thought the film was a fascinating attempt to make a movie via a method (using non-actors, filming in their own town using elements of their real lives) that … [Read more...]

Surprisingly Satisfying “Inside Man”

Spring has just begun, and I already have a strong list of 2006 favorite films.Spike Lee's Inside Man just joined the list.It's a satisfying, intense, and surprisingly laugh-out-loud-funny thriller.Denzel Washington does his thing, and does it well.Jodie Foster is frighteningly intense.Christopher Plummer continues to prove that this chapter of his career is the best chapter of his career.Chiwetel Ejiofor (the ultra-cool villain in Serenity, the hero in Dirty Pretty … [Read more...]

New column: Condemnation by Conny!

Welcome to the debut of Condemnation by Conny!This week: … [Read more...]


Roger Ebert has assembled his 2006 Overlooked Film Festival, which will run April 26-30 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.On the list... two films that I would have put at the top of my own 2006 overlooked films list:Junebug (which, after I saw it a second time, jumped up to second place on my Best of 2005 list),and Millions (which still holds first place).Ebert says: Amy Adams, an Academy Award nominee this year for "Junebug," has said she'll appear after the … [Read more...]

One thing Wim Wenders said…

My interview with Wim Wenders will be up at Christianity Today Movies in a few days, but I will tell you this now: He praises Terrence Malick's The New World as perhaps the most powerful big screen experience he's enjoyed since 2001: A Space Odyssey.What's that? It just left the theaters in your neighborhood? You missed it? That's okay. Most of America did. … [Read more...]