Tiger, Tiger, Burning Blight: The Problem With Pi-ety

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If A. O. Scott's description of Ang Lee's movie Life of Pi is accurate, then he's confirming my suspicions about the hollowness of the narrative's heart. That is to say, he's assuring me that the movie preserves the fundamental wishy-washiness of the book's core ideas. … [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...]

Washington Post’s Stephen Hunter & Peter Chattaway on "Brokeback Mountain." (Well, no, they’re not really ON Brokeback Mountain.)

Two worthwhile perspectives on Brokeback Mountain:Stephen Hunter sees the film very clearly: ... a movie is a collection of images, not just words. What is said is secondary to the imagery -- images, in the hands of a skillful filmmaker, such as the great Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is his most well-known, "Eat Drink Man Woman" his best), are ideas. They carry ideas. They issue proclamations. They lobby for policy.And what do Lee's images tell us?...It's hard to argue … [Read more...]

Mark Steyn is Right about "Brokeback Mountain"

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for alerting me to this review of Brokeback Mountain by Mark Steyn, which sums up why this big screen emperor has no clothes.Caution: One obscenity included. I like Ms Proulx's books not because of the characters or the plots but because she's spent much of her life roaming the same turf I have -- Vermont, Quebec, Newfoundland -- and she's got a tremendous ability to capture the essence of the land, and in particular the way a harsh land shapes the character of its … [Read more...]

After seeing it twice, I’ve posted my full review of "Brokeback Mountain."

I finally got tired of reading the debates and the diatribes. I sat myself down and watched the film twice in one week. And I wrote a review that was ten pages long.Then, deciding that I wanted at least one person to read it, I did a severe edit.Here's my in-depth... but hopefully not insufferable... review of Brokeback Mountain. … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus Finds a Fundamental Flaw in "Brokeback Mountain"

Many Christian filmgoers will condemn Brokeback Mountain because they will assume that it is evil due to its subject matter. That's the worst kind of reaction to it. It leads us to become reactionary and judgmental, and it prevents us from learning to be patient, to look closely, to discern.What I like about Steven D. Greydanus's review at Decent Films is that, even though he gives Brokeback Mountain a failing grade, at least he did the work of thinking through it and seeing it for what it … [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...]


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