Browser, 7/14: Melissa Etheridge Apologizes to Phil Keaggy; Mattingly on Russert & Catholicism; Sixpence on Letterman; Parks on “4 Months…”; Jonn Woo’s “Red Cliff”; Name That Singer

ETHERIDGE CLEARS THE AIRWere you following this tempest in a teacup?Melissa Etheridge was recently quoted in Rolling Stone in a way that gave readers a bad impression of guitarist Phil Keaggy.  The quote made it sound like Keaggy had once made a disparaging remark about Etheridge's sexual orientation, a remark that steered her clear of pursuing a career in Christian music.Keaggy responded.And now, Etheridge has spoken to clear the whole matter up. That was a gracious gesture, and … [Read more...]

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

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This is a revised version of a capsule review that first appeared in a recap of favorite 2008 films, published at Image:•In 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu tells a terrifying tale of two university students, Otilia and Gabriela, whose mistakes lead to excruciating consequences.Gabriela (Laura Vasiliu) seeks an abortion, which is illegal in her part of the world. This is Romania, and it's 1987. She can't just purchase whatever she pleases. If she wants … [Read more...]

Were the Year’s Best Foreign Films Were Snubbed by the Academy?

It came to my attention today that at least three of the most celebated foreign films of the year have been snubbed by the Academy this year.Here's a report from LA Weekly's Scott Foundas.In their nine-title list of films that may win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, they completely ignored not only Cristian Mungiu's internationally celebrated 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, but also the French animated feature Persepolis, and Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage.I haven't seen … [Read more...]

What Would You Rather Do? See a Great Foreign Film, or Jump In a Volcano?

Will any conservative Christians go see 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days?Jeffrey Wells doesn't think so. Here's a clip from his blog (Wednesday) on an internationally celebrated film that has yet to show up on the radar of most Christian media sites.Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days "manages to deal with abortion without advocating any stance other than compassion," writes Times Online critic Kevin Maher. "It illustrates what happens when a woman's right to choose her biologi … [Read more...]

Victor Morton on “the Russian Abortion Film”

I agree with Victor Morton.Let's not condemn a movie before we see it. … [Read more...]


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