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...]

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 Mountain,” Larry McMurty a … [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...]


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