Cory Edwards, former director of contemporary Christian music videos, just watched his first feature film, the animated Weinstein picture Hoodwinked!, win the weekend box office race.Congratulations, Cory! You're in very rare company, being the first professing Christian to make a #1 movie since Scott Derrickson did it with The Exorcism of Emily Rose!Of course, being #1 is just a blessing. What really matters is whether or not the movie is good. I've seen Hoodwinked!, and I recommend it. … [Read more...]
Cory Edwards Joins Derrickson and Gibson with a Rare Achievement. Plus, Narnia DVD and Walden Media news.
Wow... some real surprises here.And a few of the names that got my votes WON!Best Director: David Cronenberg, “A History of Violence” Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote” Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line” Best Supporting Actor: Mickey Rourke, “Sin City” Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bello, “A History of Violence” Best Original Screenplay: “Good Night and Good Luck,” George Clooney and Grant Heslov Best Adapted Screenplay: “Brokeback Mountain,” Larry McMurty a … [Read more...]
Sunday's specials:What a friendly neighborhood I live in! This morning, I'm walking around the streets of Shoreline, Washington, and as I'm waiting at a crosswalk, I see in the window of the house next to me......a wooden cross...... a Bush/Cheney poster...... a digital-readout message panel that is flashing these words to all who pass by: "Liberals - THE ENEMIES WITHIN"...... and a security camera, pointing right at me and anyone who happens to walk by and notice the sign. … [Read more...]
The world bids farewell to Shelley Winters. … [Read more...]
Thursday specials:WHAT DID MR. BEAVER SAY? The official script of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe isn't easy to get. But fans have put one together, if you're willing to read their version...BRAD AND ANGELINA'S BABY NAMED SEXIEST FETUS ALIVE Borowitz strikes again. (via Mark Shea.)CATHOLIC PROFESSORS, YOU'RE FIRED! Wheaton, which proudly houses papers by the Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien, fired a popular professor recently for converting to … [Read more...]
What's your favorite Robert Altman film?I love Gosford Park. And several others...He's been one of the Oscars' most overlooked talents for decades. At last, he's getting some credit. … [Read more...]
What film is this half-shot from?The winner will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.HINT: The film was in color, not black and white. I couldn't find a color-version of this shot. … [Read more...]
As tired as I am of the Brokeback Mountain and Chronicles of Narnia debates, and as uninterested as I am in the Munich debate, I find myself almost nostalgic for The Passion of the Christ. So my question for the day is this...If someone were to pick up where Mel Gibson left off and direct the next ambitious New Testament film... who should direct it?Mel Gibson looks like he's going to be busy for a while, what with Apocalypto on the way, and a project about the holocaust.Seems that … [Read more...]
If you like animation, fairy tales, or good strong comedy, Hoodwinked! is well worth seeing.I interviewed writer/director Cory Edwards, and was mightily impressed by his talent and his conviction about making great entertainment for all ages. His Christian faith is clearly the foundation of his desire for excellence, and this is a startling debut, funnier than the Shrek movies and perfectly cast with great voice actors like Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, and Jim Belushi.When I saw the … [Read more...]
Specials: "Bourne 3… 3 as the Wind…" Plus: Indy 4, Jurassic 4, "Capote" beats "Brokeback." Praising "The New World."
Monday is Sequel News Day!"BOURNE THREE... THREE AS THE WIND..." For updates on The Bourne Ultimatum, Indy 4, and Jurassic Park 4, click here. (Looks like Jason Bourne may have a new main squeeze. And no, it's not Ben Affleck.)NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS DOESN'T GO BROKEBACK The NSFC names Capote as Best Picture!5 C's in a row! CHICAGO CRITICS CROWN CRASH, CACHE A good day for Crash and Cache... but not Johnny Cash."THE MOST MOVING AMERICAN [FILM] IN THE FIFTEEN YEARS … [Read more...]