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...]

Specials: Hand Puppet Theater does "Serenity"

Friday specials:GLOBAL WARMINGS Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the long-awaited return of the President of the United States... Will Ferrell.MAL... THE PUPPET Maybe this version will finally win Serenity the respect it deserves.LARK NEWS STRIKES AGAIN Pastor wins "Most Relevant" award. … [Read more...]

Half Shot #3: A tougher one.

Okay, so the last one was solved far too quickly.Don't get cocky. Try this on. … [Read more...]

HALF-SHOT Contest #2

Congratulations again to Danny Walter... actor, screenwriter, U2 fan... for guessing right on exactly what famous punch was being thrown in that last Half-Shot.Unto Danny I bequeath ETERNAL GLORY.The winner of this round will be blessed with ULLLLLLTIMATE POWER. Or, as Palpatine put it, "ULLLLLLLLLLTIMATE POW-AH!!"Here it is.UPDATE: Levi Nunnink will be blessed with ULLLLLLTIMATE POWER for guessing Labyrinth. … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Winner #1: Danny Walter

Danny Walter guesses correctly... Raising Arizona.H.I.: What are you talkin' about, Glen?Glen: What am I talkin' about? I'm talkin' about sex boy ... I'm talkin' about l'amour! I'm talkin' that me and Dot are swingers, as in "to swing." I'm talkin' about wife swappin'. I'm talkin' about what they call nowadays open marriage. I'm talk...H.I.: [Knocks Glen to the ground with a punch] Keep your g-----n hands off my wife! … [Read more...]

Thursday specials: Austen, Awards, Depp, and… Babar?

Thursday's specials:AUSTEN AGAIN My full review (basically, an extended version of my blog entry) for Pride and Prejudice is up now at the Looking Closer movie page.THE AWARDS-MADNESS BEGINS The Awards season has really begun now. Capote (in my top ten, probably) and Murderball (still haven't seen it) picked up Gotham Awards. And The Constant Gardener (ehhh, didn't work for me) won a British Independent Award.A MUCH BETTER VERSION OF THE POTC2 PREVIEW Here's the Pirates of the … [Read more...]

Half-shot Contest #1, Stage Two

Okay, to heat things up a bit, this Half-Shot Contest is moving to STAGE TWO, revealing 3/4 of the image! … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #1

Welcome to Looking Closer Journals' first edition of HALF-SHOT, an occasional contest to make you really LOOK CLOSER at the movies.Here's how it works: I post half of a shot from one frame of a movie.Name the movie.What do you win if you're the first to post the right answer in the Comments? Eternal glory.Here we go... … [Read more...]