The Most Redeeming Movies of 2005?

 Christianity Today Movies has posted The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2005.Mark Moring explains the definition: What do we mean by "redeeming" films? They're all stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of them literally have a character that represents a redeemer. And with some of them, the redemption thread is buried beneath the surface; you might have to look a bit harder for it, but it's most certainly there. Some of them are "feel-good" movies that l … [Read more...]

Brokeback to the Future

It's scary how well this trailer works... … [Read more...]

Half-Shot #5 winner! Wayne Proctor!

Well, that took, what... a few minutes?Wayne Proctor was the one to recognize that famous hat, which sits on the head of the dangerously beautiful Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.So, in the next contest, the name Wayne will be in some way related to the film... … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #5: An easy one.

What film is this half-shot from?Okay... the new prize idea is this: Get it right, and the next Half-Shot contest will be in some way related to your name.I predict we'll have a winner TODAY... probably in the next three hours.Post your guess in the comments. … [Read more...]

Coen Brothers news!! Is your "Lost" theory better than this one? Lark News!

Thursday specials:COEN BROTHERS RETURN!! The next Coen Brothers film? Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem.YOU SEE, IT'S REALLY QUITE SIMPLE... Thanks, Opus, for the link to the most intriguing "Lost" theory I've seen...BACKMASKING IS BACK! Need a laugh? The new issue of Lark News is up. … [Read more...]

Washington Post’s Stephen Hunter & Peter Chattaway on "Brokeback Mountain." (Well, no, they’re not really ON Brokeback Mountain.)

Two worthwhile perspectives on Brokeback Mountain:Stephen Hunter sees the film very clearly: ... a movie is a collection of images, not just words. What is said is secondary to the imagery -- images, in the hands of a skillful filmmaker, such as the great Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is his most well-known, "Eat Drink Man Woman" his best), are ideas. They carry ideas. They issue proclamations. They lobby for policy.And what do Lee's images tell us?...It's hard to argue … [Read more...]

IT’S DONE. IT’S IN.

At midnight on February 1, 2006, I submitted Auralia's Colors to the publisher. … [Read more...]

Will You Be One of the Unfortunate Zillions Who Misses "The New World"?

The New World's lack of Oscar nominations shows how utterly blind and unqualified Academy voters really are.This is nothing new, I know. But just because the Academy members make a habit of shoving our faces in their ignorance and susceptibility to hysteria and political hype doesn't mean it doesn't hurt each time they insult and misguide the many who think their judgments are actually meaningful. Some of you have told me I shouldn't care about this. Do I care much about the Academy? No. But … [Read more...]

Fizzgig returns!

Award-winning animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the man who made Samurai Jack and those impressive Clone Wars cartoons, has just made my day.He's directing the sequel to the greatest puppet-animation film ever made......and here's the scoop!The script for The Dark Crystal needed a lot of help, and the narration ranks among the most annoying of all time: "And so Jen set off on his journey... the journey... of... Jen."But the visuals in this film were so enthralling, it meant … [Read more...]

"Born into Brothels" and me: Saturday in Bellevue, WA

Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with...Dreams of Our ChildhoodI've been invited to join a panel discussion of Born into Brothels after it is featured in this film festival on Saturday afternoon.Will you be there too?Born into Brothels is in my Top 5 of 2005. If you haven't seen it, you should.Here are the festival details: UPC and First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue have teamed up again for the second FilmFest on February 3-4 at Bellevue Christian School and February 16-18 … [Read more...]


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