Specials: Boycotts! Batman! Bono!

Tuesday specials:DON'T GO READ THIS! (Now you're curious, aren't you?) Sean Gaffney boycotts boycotting! Because, as they said in Field of Dreams, "If you protest, they will come." He also congratulates Cory Edwards, and so do I, for its continuing top ten success at the box office. Bring on Hoodwinked 2: Hoodwinked Harder!GEEK ALERT: CINEMATICAL'S GOT BATMAN CASTING RUMORS Who would YOU cast as Joker? As Harvey Dent? Here are some interesting ideas...U-WHO? CBN notices this … [Read more...]

"The White Rose" … or, How to Prepare for the "Sophie Scholl" Release

I just received this from a reader: Jeff. I've been reading your blog for quite a while now. Thanks for all the great posts. I was a pastor in Seattle for 12 years, now I'm in Canada. I'm also a good friend of Adam Walter (I love it when you link to Adam's blog.) I just finished reading a book, The White Rose, by Inge Scholl. Inge is Sophie's sister. It's a good companion to this movie. I think you would be interested.Okay, thanks! Here's a link to the Amazon page for the book. … [Read more...]

More about "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"

a few more details about...Sophie Scholl: The Final Days The true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in the multi-award winning drama SOPHIE SCHOLL-THE FINAL DAYS. Germany’s official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards, SOPHIE SCHOLL stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re- … [Read more...]

In Love with Another 2006 Movie

... let me tell you this now:The next movie that I will be raving and raving about, and exhorting everyone to get out and see, is the Oscar-nominated film out of Germany:Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.Remember how the best parts of The Silence of the Lambs were those scenes in which Agent Starling faced Hannibal Lecter and wrestled with him in debate?Imagine a movie with at least an hour more of those confrontations--intense, furious battles of conscience and wits. When you watch … [Read more...]

Half-Shot #6 winner – Danny Walter!

Danny Walter is, again, the winner of the Half-Shot contest, correctly identifying this shot as being from Mad Dog and Glory.And yes, Robert DeNiro is playing a man named Wayne.So, to continue with this trend, the next half-shot will have something to do with the name DANNY. (But Danny will be disqualified.) … [Read more...]

If Christians want to make significant contributions to filmmaking…

William Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open, showed up in the pages of today's USA Today, addressing the potential for Christians to encourage productive dialogue through the medium of film. Only when evangelicals agree to look at Hollywood not just as an evangelistic tool, or a harmless entertainment provider, but also as an important participant in cultural discourse will they understand that as a major share of the movie market, they are in a position to shape that vital discussion. I … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #6: Your hint… "Wayne"

Since Wayne Proctor won the last Half-Shot Contest, correctly identifying a frame from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the name "Wayne" is your hint for this frame.What film is this moment from?The winner gets to choose the film for the next contest. … [Read more...]

Specials: Rosenbaum on "Three Burials." Walter on "Crash." And the sequel we’ve all been waiting for.

Monday specials:"A QUIRKY COWBOY MASTERPIECE" Jonathan Rosenbaum raves about Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. There are elements in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that I tend to distrust when they crop up in other movies. There's the theme of redemption, which can all too easily lead to a Hollywood cop-out, even (or maybe especially) when it's tied to some notion of religious transcendence. There's the taken-for-granted dysfunctional … [Read more...]

GreenCine: More on how much "The New World" rules, and a curious Wong Kar-Wai bit

Lots of great stuff up at GreenCine, including: So The New World won't be a hit. That's to be expected. "More disheartening is to see a certain cache of movie writers come swarming out to greet Malick's latest as an exercise in how arch and unimpressed they can act in the face of a work that — whatever one's opinion of its qualities — shouldn't be denied its singularity," writes Nick Pinkerton in Stop Smiling. "An American history written in intimate, undistilled emotion; an attentive, tonally p … [Read more...]

Seattle Won the Super Bowl

What happens if the referees make the right call, and see that Pittsburgh's quarterback did NOT break the touchdown line with the ball? You take away a Pittsburgh touchdown. The replays made it clear: He came as close as you can get, but he was stopped at the line — the ball never crossed it.What happens if, as the announcers agreed, you give Seattle that touchdown reception, in which there was only the typical jostling for position and not offensive-pass-interference? You give Seattle a tou … [Read more...]


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