Hostel takeover: "Horror pornography" tops the box office, defeats Aslan

(Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for noting this so quickly.)A movie that gives audiences the opportunity to watch human beings tortured, decapitated, having their throats cut, their heads smashed in, parts of their body chopped up and thrown in a furnace, shot point blank, their eyes dangling from their sockets and eventually cut (to relieve the pain), poked full of holes with a drill, having digits snipped off, throwing themselves in front of trains, having their chest cavities opened for … [Read more...]

Tom Shales on "The Book of Daniel"

Loved this quote:Tom Shales, The Washington Post, regarding the new television show The Book of Daniel: "I cannot recall a series in which a greater number of characters seemed so desperately detestable -- a series with a larger population of loathsome dolts. There ought to be a worse punishment than cancellation for a show that tries this hard to be offensive and, even at that crass task, manages to fail." … [Read more...]

"Prince Caspian" greenlit…

...according to NarniaWeb, anyway.Looks like Prince Caspian got the big phone call today, and rumor has it that you could hear cheers all over Narnia. … [Read more...]

Homosexual Heath Ledger Character: Bad. Heterosexually Promiscuous Ledger Character: Not So bad?

I've had some interesting chats with the film writers and the editor of Christianity Today Movies in the wake of the publication of Lisa Cockrel's Brokeback Mountain review.Mark Moring, the CT Movies editor, says he's received over 250 e-mails about the Brokeback Mountain review. Many of them have expressed hatred toward homosexuals. And some of them have expressed hatred towards Christiainity Today for even reviewing the movie.(Some of them are posted here and more here.)But here's … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on "Match Point"

For what it's worth, while I'd probably rate the film as a C because it is very well crafted, I agree with Steven's observations about the film. Match Point is a work of wicked, twisted genius, one that comes to dangerous and frightening conclusions about reality and morality. This is a great review. The first shot in Woody Allen’s Match Point is meant to serve as a metaphorical master-image for the film as a whole: a freeze-frame shot of a tennis ball suspended in space over the net after s … [Read more...]

Great Films, True Stories: The 2006 Image Film Festival

This year's Image Film Festival promises to be a challenging, exciting series of events. It's entitled “Telling the Truth: The Art of Documentary Films,” featuring five documentary films that satisfy our desire for revelation, entertainment, emotional connection, and above all, truth.Join us for the kick-off event, Friday, January 20, 2006, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Five films will be screened over the course of the weekend--Hoop Dreams, Born Into Brothels, Murderball, Supersize Me, and B … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Albums of 2005

Here are the records that I've put on and kept on, over and over, this last year. … [Read more...]

Specials: Wong at Cannes. Vote against Pedro. Chattaway’s Top 10. "New World" cut. "Pan’s Labyrinth." "Horror porn." "Scanner Darkly." "Fateless."

Wednesday's specals:President of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury... Wong Kar-wai! Fantastic. This should make for some very interesting choices. Can't wait to see who else is on the jury. (Thanks, Opus, for the link.)No more Pedro the Lion. Please welcome... David Bazan! It was bound to happen. Bazan's dropped the band name, officially declared himself a solo artist.Peter Chattaway and Roy Anker post contrary top ten lists at Books and Culture I like titles on both lists. I … [Read more...]

Looking Closer is Back in The Seattle Times!

Somehow, I missed Sunday's edition of The Seattle Times, and didn't find out until today that the Pacific Northwest Magazine again ran an update on my doings at Looking Closer...Thanks to Richard Seven for doing the follow-up story!(If you missed the original cover story, check it out here.) … [Read more...]

Pick up a copy of LensWork!

A close friend of mine, who also happens to be one of my favorite photographers, is getting extraordinary honors this month.A portfolio of Fritz Liedtke's work is featured in the new issue of LensWork. And one of the images from his exhibit "Welcome to Wonderland," a collection of images exploring the strange and unstable land of adolescence, is on the cover.LensWork is one of the top fine art photography magazines. Its reproductions are museum-book quality, having won numerous … [Read more...]


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