Did Over the Rhine Put On a Good Christmas Show?

Did Over the Rhine put on a good Christmas show?Are you kidding? Of course they did.(Photos courtesy of Paul Armstrong at Wiseacre Design.) … [Read more...]

What’s Narnia about? Tilda Swinton tells us it’s "anti-religious."

Tilda Swinton tells Christians they're "welcome" to Narnia and what it means. And what does it mean?That good and evil should exist together in balance.That righteousness is a dangerous idea.That the White Witch isn't a threat to Narnia... she is Narnia.And that the story is about the children finding strength in themselves, not in God.Further, she's apparently unsure whether there is evil in the world. "The Christians are welcome," [Swinton] says, with composed irony. "As … [Read more...]

TIME’s Persons of the Year: Bono, Bill & Melinda Gates!

Excuse me, while I perform a one-man version of George Frederic Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."The actual story is here. … [Read more...]

Narnia’s Big Day

Yes, you've seen the trailer. You've even seen the movie.But yesterday, YESTERDAY was the day we've all been waiting for.The Narnia Happy Meals are available at McDonalds.Please note the details regarding the toys included in the package: Rounding out the elaborate collection is Peter Pevensie and Aslan’s Army. Peter leads his troops with articulated arms and legs, and the prelude to battle diorama features a pop-up satyr, unicorn, and horse Peter can ride. I imagine it's difficult … [Read more...]

Farewell to John Spencer of "The West Wing"

A powerful actor, John Spencer, is dead of a heart attack at a young 58 years old. Spencer won an Emmy in 2002 for his role as McGarry, who was the right-hand man to President Jeb Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen. Ironically, his character had suffered a heart attack that forced him to give up his White House job. This season, McGarry was running for vice president....Before "The West Wing," Spencer was best known for playing quirky attorney Tommy Mullaney on the hit drama "L.A. … [Read more...]

Brokeback Mountain – Reviewed by Christianity Today

Christianity Today Movies has just published a review of Brokeback Mountain.And that's just what it is... A REVIEW.It's not a protest.It's not someone spewing bile about Hollywood's "homosexual agenda."It doesn't include any slurs like "Sodomites in the Saddle."It's a review of a work of art. Written by Lisa Ann Cockrel, this piece is going to do readers a whole lot more good than a rant about "Hollywood's gay cowboy movie." Christianity Today Movies' editors should be … [Read more...]

Specials: Glen Workshop 2006! Narnia strudel. "V for Vendetta" trailer

Thursday's specials:JOIN ME AT THE GLEN WORKSHOP, 2006 From the new Image Update: Announcing Image’s Glen Workshop 2006 “Love and Affliction: Grace, Suffering, and the Artist” July 30 – August 6, 2005The Glen Workshop is an illuminating conference on the arts and religion, where participants practice and strengthen their craft and vision in community. This weeklong event combines the best elements of a workshop, an arts festival, and a symposium. By exploring this year’s theme, “Love … [Read more...]

Who Would You Pick to Direct the Narnia Films? Or The Lord of the Rings?

Many recent comments have raised this question.Please don't use this thread as a chance to bash Jackson or Adamson. We've got enough of that going elsewhere, and frankly, I'm fairly pleased with both directors and I'm tired of focusing on the negatives.But if both Middle-Earth and Narnia were coming to the big screen AGAIN... who would you pick to direct them? What directors have the right sensibilities to elevate these transcendant works of literature to transcendant works for the … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Witch and the Verdict

Recently, I was invited to be on a Christian radio talk show, and told that I was to explain to the listening audience why the mainstream press was trying to destroy the Narnia movie. The hosts' leading question implied that the primary response of the mainstream press to the Narnia movie was negative, and that the chief complaint had to do with special effects.When I asked for the source of their information, all they could offer was TIME Magazine.Basically, when I got on the radio what … [Read more...]

Writer/Director Scott Derrickson’s pick for "Most Disappointing Movie of 2005"

Look who showed up in the comments on the Disappointing Movies thread! Hi Jeffrey...and, uh...hi, Peter.Jeffrey, I've been reading your blog pretty regularly -- it's great. Because of you I've been listening to "Ohio" by Over the Rhine for the last six weeks. Wim Wenders stayed at my house a few weeks back, and said that it's one of his current favs, and I bought him a copy of Drunkards Prayer before he went back home to Germany.As for this list, I'd put Jarhead at the top of mine. You … [Read more...]


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