What Would You Show in a Film Festival About "Calls to Conscience and Action"

Having just seen Born into Brothels again, I'm inspired to consider what other films have done such a great job of making us care about wrongs that need to be righted in the world.If you were to host a film festival in hopes of inspiring viewers to apply themselves to serve a good cause, what films would you show? What matters would they ask us to consider? Some films are downright preachy, and they end up being more irritating than inspiring. What are the works of art that make us want to … [Read more...]

Updates on Paul Thomas Anderson and Brett Ratner projects

THERE WILL BE DANIEL DAY-LEWIS! While the list of films I cannot wait to see in 2006 has grown rather large, none of them match my eagerness for the next Paul Thomas Anderson film -- There Will Be Blood. So any news about the next film from the director of Punch-drunk Love and Magnolia makes me lean very close to the screen to make sure I don't miss a detail.Cinematical grabbed my attention today with a link to a (very poorly written) story about the script that's short on detail but long … [Read more...]

The greatest Bush impersonator in the world?

Steve Bridges may be the best George W. Bush impersonator in the world. And he made quite a splash at the Jeff Foxworthy Roast hosted by Comedy Central. Here's a video that shows off what he can do. [UPDATE: LINK REMOVED because they added pornographic images to the page. Fools.] It's only the briefest sampling. He gets started on a routine about Cheney here that is pure genius, but this clip only shows the opening lines of it.I've seen this man perform at Biola... his alma mater. Even up … [Read more...]

The New York Times’ Stephen Holden praises "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"

The film has opened in New York, and Stephen Holden is impressed.Even the Village Voice admits it's an admirable achievement.And now, Steven D. Greydanus is sounding the trumpets and heralding Sophie Scholl: The Final Days as an A+ motion picture. He calls it: ...one of a very few films that accomplishes one of the rarest and most valuable of cinematic achievements: It makes heroic goodness not just admirable, but attractive and interesting. I'm telling you... Sophie Scholl is the … [Read more...]

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-A number of big names — Dame Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon — were Academy Award nominees for Best Actress in 2005. And Witherspoon, the winner for her role in Walk the Line, certainly deserved high honors. But could it be that voters overlooked a performance that's even more riveting, memorable, and inspiring than any of these? … [Read more...]

Specials: Sophie Scholl. Casting news. X-Men ends.

Friday's specials:Well, I saw The New World again last night. Went with Anne and my new friend Mark Shea. We all basked in the glory, even though the beauty of Malick's film was completely lost on the row of teenagers sitting behind us who talked through the entire film. They must have been disappointed by the lack of sex scenes, revenge plots, and things blowing up.Anyway, this was my third viewing of The New World on the big screen, and it has officially passed my three-viewing test. … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman on CCM … 16 years ago.

Andy Whitman's music blog is one of my favorites, and today's entry is especially interesting. (Opus, I see, has noticed it as well.) It's a commentary on Contemporary Christian Music written 16 years ago. And it's still oh so relevant (if you'll permit me the use of that much-abused word.)It's worth noting that 16 years ago, Leslie Phillips had recently changed her name to Sam Phillips, jumped off the CCM ship, and reinvented herself as Sam Phillips, with the album The Indescribable Wow … [Read more...]

McSweeny’s on "Crash." Bad "Star Wars" Valentines.

McSweeny's writer Brendan Lloyd has just posted the shortest, and yet most memorable, commentary on Paul Haggis's Crash I've yet seen.And speaking of funny... The Worst Valentines in the World. … [Read more...]

Grand Theft Bono

Check out Jack Thompson's "open letter" to Bono, warning him to dodge an oncoming bus. … [Read more...]

Specials: Ford’s Firewall collapse. "Christian is the new gay." Gilliam’s next.

Friday specials:CAN THE DECLINE OF HARRISON FORD'S CAREER GET ANY MORE DEPRESSING? Michael Atkinson on Firewall: "The post-Die Hard genre is on its last legs, and the movie is as tired in its bones as [Harrison] Ford, who at 63 has crossed the line from robust, no-nonsense manliness to doughy-creepy grumpster." (Thanks, GreenCine daily)And here's Peter T. Chattaway's review: It is significant that Ford's first movie in years is not one of those serious dramas or offbeat comedies that … [Read more...]