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...]

Specials: David Brooks on "Munich." Plus, NY Online Critics’ Awards, LA Critics’ awards.

Sunday's specials:David Brooks reviews Munich!In Spielberg's Middle East the only way to achieve peace is by renouncing violence. But in the real Middle East the only way to achieve peace is through military victory over the fanatics, accompanied by compromise between the reasonable elements on each side. Somebody, the Israelis or the Palestinian Authority, has to defeat Hamas and the other terrorist groups. Far from leading to a downward cycle, this kind of violence is the … [Read more...]

Yes, But Does Narnia Have Legs?

Coming Soon reports on The Lion, the Witch and the Box Office: Walt Disney Pictures' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe exceeded expectations, opening to an impressive $67.1 million. Director Andrew Adamson's adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel marks the second-biggest opening ever for a film in December, surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($62 million) and trailing only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($72.6 million). It is also the 23rd … [Read more...]

Who should host the Oscars?

Chris Rock won't be invited back.Please, let us be spared another round with Whoopi Goldberg.Crystal's time is done. When was the last time he turned in a worthwhile performance in a film? And Steve Martin, as much as I love him, is clearly tired of investing in worthwhile comedy, wasting his skills on Cheaper by the Dozen 2.My dream would be Eddie Izzard, but too few people know who he is.John Stewart? Steven Colbert? That would be a hoot, but they really aren't Hollywood … [Read more...]

Chattaway & Greydanus weigh in on Narnia. And I get on the radio in SC.

UPDATE: Welcome to the Narnia Smackdown, a post that has provoked some of the most interesting comment-exchanges in this blog's little history.It begins with the soon-to-be-father of twins, Peter T. Chattway, and his review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, here.Then, it continues as Steven D. Greydanus (gotta love those middle initials! Golly, I need one!) turns in what he calls "the most blistering B-plus review ever."My review of the film was first … [Read more...]

And so the next Mel Gibson debacle begins…

The Washington Post is already stoking the fires of controversy over Mel Gibson's next project, which hasn't even started filming yet. Gibson, whose film "The Passion of the Christ" was seen by some critics as anti-Semitic and whose father is on record as doubting the Holocaust, may not take an executive producer credit on "Flory." But his attachment to the project has attracted the attention of some Jewish groups.Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said … [Read more...]

Half Shot 3 winner: Mike Harris Stone!

Mike Harris Stone somehow gathered from a piece of this photo (Was the telephone the big clue?) that it was from Paris, Texas.Here's the whole photo:Mike Harris Stone wins the recognition due to the king of the world! … [Read more...]


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