New York Online Film Critics Awards – 2004

The first group of critics have delivered their film awards for 2004. (The National Board of Review members aren't exactly critics.)New York Online Film Critics AwardsPICTURESidewaysDIRECTORMartin Scorsese (The Aviator)ACTORJamie FoxxACTRESSImelda Staunton (Vera Drake)SUPPORT ACTORThomas Haden Church (Sideways)SUPPORT ACTRESSLaura Linney (Kinsey) (tie)Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) (tie)SCREENPLAYEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind … [Read more...]

Ocean’s Twelve – “Recess” for the Stars

It's hard to come away from Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve without a bad taste in your mouth. After all, it appears that immensely talented individuals have channeled gobs of money into a high-profile project that a) has little or nothing of substance to offer, and b) appears to be packed end to end with famous people who wanted an excuse to celebrate their own popularity and coolness.But then again, both films are thoroughly entertaining, and this new one provokes a thousand laughs. I … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan Speaks.

If you missed the 60 Minutes special... … [Read more...]

Report: The Voice of Aslan is…

... Bryan Cox.(At least, that's what Ain't It Cool News is reporting.)I'm thrilled.Cox has a big, booming, rough voice. He never wastes one line of dialogue. His voice has so much more character, personality, and complexity than the large-but-dull voices usually employed for characters of commanding authority.I was afraid they'd go for a voice that would be instantly recognizable to the moviegoing public, but Cox is lesser-known than James Earl Jones (who's already played a Lion … [Read more...]

Deicide Dumped from Phillip Pullman adaptation

So, Chris Weitz is withdrawing all references to God and the church from his adaptation of Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass. … [Read more...]

Fun Facts About Kinsey!

While the mainstream press writes off the Kinsey-backlash as merely a sign of paranoia and hysteria from conservatives, those who are paying attention are having quite a chuckle over the facts that the movie ignores.Thanks to Kathy Shaidle's Relapsed Catholic: "The Rockefeller Foundation eventually shut off its spigot of financing for the Kinsey Institute during the early 1950s, not because this was the McCarthy era and Kinsey's findings were associated with communism as the movie claims … [Read more...]

My weekend In Good Company in L.A.

I just returned from L.A., where I had an opportunity to participate in a press conference with writer/director Paul Weitz, asking him questions about one of the most enjoyable mainstream comedies of the year, In Good Company, which stars Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson.I also had the privilege of tossing a couple of questions at Quaid and Grace.And I had the fantastic, inspiring experience of getting better acquainted with many of my fellow religious-press film … [Read more...]

Reinsma Reviews the Best Novel I’ve Read This Year

I finished reading Shusaku Endo's Silence a few months ago, and there hasn't been a day that's passed since then that the book hasn't haunted me.I highly recommend that you add it to your must-read list. … [Read more...]

Who Will Stand Up for The Incredibles?

No mainstream American film this year has earned a higher combination of critical acclaim and audience enthusiasm than The Incredibles.So, why isn't the film in the National Board of Review's Top Ten of 2004?Do they consider a film that can impress all ages to be unsophisticated?What could possibly be the reason? … [Read more...]

Off-topic: Who is John Stott? (Hint: He’s bigger than Falwell.)

David Brooks shows once again why he's one of the most level-headed and important political writers in the country. … [Read more...]