Who Would You Pick to Direct the Narnia Films? Or The Lord of the Rings?

Many recent comments have raised this question.Please don't use this thread as a chance to bash Jackson or Adamson. We've got enough of that going elsewhere, and frankly, I'm fairly pleased with both directors and I'm tired of focusing on the negatives.But if both Middle-Earth and Narnia were coming to the big screen AGAIN... who would you pick to direct them? What directors have the right sensibilities to elevate these transcendant works of literature to transcendant works for the … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Witch and the Verdict

Recently, I was invited to be on a Christian radio talk show, and told that I was to explain to the listening audience why the mainstream press was trying to destroy the Narnia movie. The hosts' leading question implied that the primary response of the mainstream press to the Narnia movie was negative, and that the chief complaint had to do with special effects.When I asked for the source of their information, all they could offer was TIME Magazine.Basically, when I got on the radio what … [Read more...]

Writer/Director Scott Derrickson’s pick for "Most Disappointing Movie of 2005"

Look who showed up in the comments on the Disappointing Movies thread! Hi Jeffrey...and, uh...hi, Peter.Jeffrey, I've been reading your blog pretty regularly -- it's great. Because of you I've been listening to "Ohio" by Over the Rhine for the last six weeks. Wim Wenders stayed at my house a few weeks back, and said that it's one of his current favs, and I bought him a copy of Drunkards Prayer before he went back home to Germany.As for this list, I'd put Jarhead at the top of mine. You … [Read more...]

The Most Disappointing Movies of 2005

Since I'm struggling to find ten movies worth recommending in a Top Ten List, I realize now that I'm far more prepared to serve up a different kind of list...THE TOP TEN BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2005 No, not the ten worst movies... but the ten movies that SHOULD have been GREAT.1. THE BROTHERS GRIMM. Terry Gilliam's first bad movie. And yikes, is it awful! If he doesn't get back on the horse and show us he can still ride, Lost in La Mancha's going to look more and more like the … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan to host a weekly radio show on XM!

Wow. They should record these shows and sell them. … [Read more...]

Specials: Guardian defends Narnia. Malick’s "New World." Haneke spoils. Earthsea animated.

Tuesday's specials:I found most of these links at GreenCine Daily, and I'm glad I did.GUARDIAN GUARDS CHRISTIANITY FROM GUARDIAN JOURNALISTS (AND OTHERS) The Guardian, home of the now-notorious Polly Toynbee who used her Narnia review to bash Christianity, bashes Narnia critics! The Bible is a narrative blueprint for a lot of western culture - if everything referencing it is dodgy then the nativity is dodgy, a lot of Shakespeare is dodgy, some of The Archers is dodgy, everything is … [Read more...]

Jeff Berryman discovers Donald Miller

Berryman posts: I told a friend of mine yesterday, I feel like I'm in the process of leaving the Old Country headed for the new, but there is a long dark journey to be made inbetween. I wonder how many people decide to stay on the shores of the Old Country even though they know there is no real life there anymore. They stand longingly at the banks of an ocean they have to cross. God is calling them to cross that ocean, even providing a boat that He says would rival the ark of Noah. Problem is, … [Read more...]

Ebert on Narnia: Wrong, and Right

UPDATE: Ebert has corrected his mistake!Here's the earlier post...The vigilant Mark Shea notes Ebert's big error: Here's the first sentence of his review of Narnia:C. S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia books, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the Ring trilogy, were friends who taught at Oxford at the same time, were pipe smokers, drank in the same pub, took Christianity seriously and hated each other's fantasy worlds.Here is Lewis, displaying his hatred of Tolkien's fantasy:Such a … [Read more...]

Amy Wellborn on the Narnia Film

Amy Wellborn, one of my favorite bloggers, saw the Narnia film this weekend, and she has a lot to say about it, of course.And, of course, she's right on.Here's an excerpt: It was okay. I agree with most of the reviews I've read on the major points: the little actress who played Lucy was a charmer, the other child actors, not so much. It is always startling to see British child actors who are just a little beyond wooden. Tilda Swinton has just the right, naturally blank look to play a … [Read more...]

Speaking of Disney disrespect to source material…

(via Chattaway's FilmChat.)Now Disney's meddling with the Hundred Acre Wood and replacing Christopher Robin with at 6-year-old girl, because Christoher Robin "just wouldn't sell."I need to find something to quit so I can say "I quit!" in protest. … [Read more...]


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