"Pride and Prejudice" won me over.

I had almost given up on the big screen this holiday season. Nothing's living up to the hype. Nothing's making me feel nine bucks was well invested. Well, here's one that does. Rosamund Pike, with very few lines, almost steals Pride and Prejudice from Keira Knightley. For one thing, in the role of Jane, the older sister in this family of girls-to-be-married-off, she wasn't overly made up like a supermodel like Knightley was in every scene. She remained a natural beauty, and one with a … [Read more...]

The Paganism of Narnia

In a new article at CanadianChristianity.com, Peter T. Chattaway speaks the much-avoided truth about C.S. Lewis's wonderland. This should try the patience of many Christians who celebrate The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as some kind of opposite to Harry Potter and other fantasy stories. Too bad. Peter's right. The Chronicles of Narnia are full of references to pagan mythology. … [Read more...]

Specials: Mourning Mr. Miyagi. Raving about Narnia. Killing Alias. Casting "M." Previewing "Mary."

Friday's specials: WAX OFF Farewell, Pat Morita. DAILY MAIL CRITIC GOES BANANAS FOR NARNIA Sheeesh! It is not just a 'must see' but a 'must see again and again'. Where is that sixth star when you need it? Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis's classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour. Above all, there's a spectacular sense of scale that turns the children's sagas into a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings as an … [Read more...]

William Wilberforce film gets a strong cast

While it remains to be seen whether The Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd will be a compelling leading man in Walden Media's film on the life of William Wilberforce, the supporting cast is shaping up nicely. Albert Finney, last seen in Oceans 12, best seen in many superior films. Romola Garai, who stole every scene she visited in last year's Vanity Fair. Michael Gambon of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Gosford Park. Rufus Sewell of Dark City. Ciaran Hinds of Persuasion and … [Read more...]

A Christmas Surprise! A new Over the Rhine live album… limited edition!

Wine me, dine me, Over the Rhine me!! I've just ordered my copy of a Limited Edition LIVE CD packed with highlights from this year's upcoming Taft Theater concert here. It's an Overstreet tradition: To officially begin the holiday season, we put on Over the Rhine's The Darkest Night of the Year, and follow that with Bruce Cockburn's Christmas, all of this leading to the annual house-shaking encounter with Handel's Messiah. To have an Over the Rhine Christmas concert on cd... we may just … [Read more...]

Specials: War ending. Quaid meditating. Narnia clip playing.

Tuesday's specials THE WAR IS OVER. Oprah... Dave. Dave... Oprah. I expect a talk-show troop withdrawl will follow straightaway. QUAID TALKS ABOUT HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH Meditation, he says, should be yours... mine... ours.... "IT'S UNDERWHELMING!" "IT'S LESS THAN ORIGINAL!" Critics are raving about today's special sneak-preview clip of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They're raving about how much it looks like footage from the video game, or a scene from The Return of the King in … [Read more...]

Harry Potter smackdown!

Over at Christianity Today Movies, it's time for this year's HARRY POTTER SMACKDOWN! It begins with the positive review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at CT Movies, alongside an article called "Redeeming Harry Potter.". Then, the letters start pouring into the CT Mailbag. In this corner... Doug Kimbal! "Thanks for your thoughtful article, "Redeeming Harry Potter." As Christians, we should be quick to embrace/discern the good and to recognize/avoid the evil. Armed with such … [Read more...]

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy rocks… Messiah College?

It must have been quite an event... a conference on Christianity and the arts, featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy! News of Delaware County documents these words from Tweedy: "Actually, I'm honored that you would invite me to your campus. I think a lot of Christians would consider me a blasphemer," Tweedy said before deadpanning, "I have a checkered past." "I think I should play 'Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down' now... not because I'm scared or anything," Tweedy joked after the song, before … [Read more...]

Specials: Sermon contest! 100 spiritually significant films! Gibson sues CleanFlicks (for Jesus’ sake)! Ebert loved Oprah!

Monday's specials: Will Your Pastor's Sermon win Narnia Sermon Contest? In other words, can your pastor be bribed into lacing your Sunday morning worship with Hollywood propaganda? What's that? Is that the sound of a whip lashing in the foyer? And who's that bearded guy with the whip? Come on. Let's keep Narnia propaganda where it belongs! Which leads me to my next story... Will you be using Narnia toilet tissue? Mmmmmm. Soft as Aslan's fur.... The Top 100 Spiritually Significant … [Read more...]

Specials: Satan smiles. Over the Rhine live in OH. New Sorkin show. Potter money.

Sunday's specials: SATAN WILL BE "WHATEVER YOU WANT HER TO BE" Thanks to Chattaway for catching this alarming quote from Tilda Swinton, who plays the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Disney is counting on the film to lure mainstream audiences while holding a special appeal to evangelical Christians, who the studio expects will respond to Lewis's biblical allegories. But when the issue of religion surfaced at Thursday's promotional event, Swinton played it safe. Asked … [Read more...]