In Space, No One Can Hear You Have a Mid-Faith Crisis

the sparrow

Few science fiction novels have wrestled with questions about faith, the existence of God, and the problem of evil as vigorously as Mary Doria Russell's two-volume science fiction epic The Sparrow and Children of God.If you're not familiar with these popular novels, here's the basic idea: In the history of the world, what group of people has most frequently sought out, made contact with, and built cultural bridges with foreign cultures? Answer: The Jesuits! So, Mary Doria Russell asks, … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games: Did You Ask For Seconds, or Send It Back to the Kitchen?

Hunger-Games

Chances are you've seen The Hunger Games by now.So, let's talk about the movie (not the book): A great work of cinema? A standard Hollywood franchise launch? Great performances? Cheap special effects? What's your take on Gary Ross's movie?Or maybe you came away and thought, "Why all the fuss about this story? Why not bring ___________ to the big screen instead?" What novels have you read lately that would make great movies? … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

beautiful mind

[July 2012 Update: In the buzz of recent Hollywood news, we've learned that Jennifer Connelly will reunite with Russell Crowe for Darren Aronofsky's epic retelling (reinvention?) of the story of Noah, the Ark, and the Deluge. That inspires me to look back at Crowe and Connelly's last collaboration, the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard. Here's my original review—perhaps "rant" is a more appropriate word—with some minor revisions. It's almost ten years old now, bu … [Read more...]

Madeleine L’Engle goes to the movies.

A few weeks back on my Facebook page,  I said I'd have news for fans of Madeleine L'Engle.A little later, I posted that I'd soon be reporting on a new film based on a book by one of my favorite writers.Well... are you ready? … [Read more...]

“The Great Divorce” on the Big Screen?

Variety reports: Mpower Pictures ("The Stoning of Soraya M.") and Beloved Pictures are teaming to co-produce C.S. Lewis' fantasy novel "The Great Divorce."Veteran producer and Mpower CEO Steve McEveety will lead the production team. Childrens' book author N.D. Wilson ("Leepike Ridge," "100 Cupboards") is attached to write.Lewis, who wrote the "Chronicles of Narnia" books and often wove Christian themes into his works, published "The Great Divorce" in 1945. Story centers on a man who … [Read more...]

Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation.-Here’s the pitch:Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie A … [Read more...]

Stockwell Takes On L’Engle, DiCamillo, Miyazaki. [-updated-]

[THIS POST HAS BEEN REVISED TO CORRECT AN ERROR. Bedrock Pictures is not necessarily making all three of the films in question. But the screenwriter, Jeff Stockwell, is attached to all three projects.] Bedrock Pictures plans to make a movie of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, from a script by Jeff Stockwell.And my, my... Stockwell's a busy guy.He's also working on adaptations of Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favorite Stage-to-Screen Adaptation?

Casablanca? Henry IV? Ordet? … [Read more...]

Dawn-Treading Where They Shouldn’t?

Let's just be clear. These Narnia movies aren't supposed to be based on the books. They're supposed to be based on the filmmakers' *memories* of the books, which they might not have read since childhood. Because, you know, those memories will be so much better than the books. And who could expect a busy filmmaker to actually read the novel he's adapting? … [Read more...]

“Life of Pi” interests yet another talented director

First it was Jean-Pierre Jeunet.Then it was M. Night Shyamalan.Now, Variety reports, Ang Lee is considering Yann Martel's Life of Pi.Have you read it? Which director would you pick? It'll take someone with a poetic sensibility and a flair for fantasy. I'd certainly get in line for a Lee version. … [Read more...]


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