Hey, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and Ang Lee: What’s Your Verdict?

Name That Coen Brothers Movie. (Hint: It won an award at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.)

What film prize means more to filmmakers around the world than an Oscar?That prize was given to another film today.And most American moviegoers — munching popcorn and slurping corn syrup this holiday weekend as they watch disposable, factory-made films like Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, or Epic —  won't even notice that it happened. … [Read more...]

Pixar’s “Up” at Cannes; Pete Docter Talks Faith and Filmmaking

I'm happy to see Pixar's new film opening on the kind of platform that the studio deserves. Up is opening the Cannes Film Festival with a presentation in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. That marks the first time an animated film has opened the festival. Wish I could be there.Writer/director Pete Docter was interviewed in Radix (thanks to the CT blog for the link) back when Monsters Inc. was released. Here's an interesting excerpt: Radix: How would you say that being a … [Read more...]

Ebert defends Indy’s Standing-O; C.S. Lewis on Mysticism

Indy's standing-oIndiana Jones IV got a standing ovation at Cannes. And Ebert thinks it was genuine.-What did C.S. Lewis have to say about mysticism?Listen to this intriguing podcast at The Kindlings Muse... William Butler Yeats once said, "The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. . ." This same thing could not be said of CS Lewis, whose faith was grounded in reason. In this episode of The Kindlings Muse @ the CS Lewis Center … [Read more...]

Sean Penn Disqualifies Cannes Films that Don’t Reflect “Current Climate”

Aaaaaaaand they're off!The Cannes Film Festival has begun, which means Indiana Jones is suiting up for his first big-screen adventure in twenty years, and a crop of great works of art destined to be almost ignored in America are about to screen for very lucky audiences. … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/9: Evangelical Manifesto; Koehler on Cannes; Dude still abides!; Neil Young hates mp3s; book reviews; Marion Ravenwood

The Evangelical ManifestoOn the remote chance that you may not already have read it, I should post the news that An Evangelical Manifesto was published and presented earlier this week, on May 7.The Steering Committee for the document includes...Timothy George Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University Os Guinness Author/Social Critic John Huffman Pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA Chair, Christianity Today International Rich Mouw President, … [Read more...]

Cannes 2005 Winners! Dardennes, Jarmusch, and Tommy Lee Jones!

The directors of Rosetta and The Son, two films I dearly love, have just won the coveted Palme D'Or at Cannes for their latest film The Child. America may not know it, the Academy is too narrow-minded to appreciate it, but the Dardennes Brothers are two of the finest filmmakers in the world. … [Read more...]

The Most Prestigious Film Award in the World Goes to…

Michael Moore for Fahrenheit 911.That's right, this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival goes to the guy who brought us Bowling for Columbine and who now is showing us what went on behind the scenes in the Bush administration during and after September 11th, 2001.The next year is sure to be packed with feverish debate over the film's veracity, Moore's credibility, and what his footage and interviews reveal.Clearly, beyond America's borders, anything that makes Bush look like … [Read more...]


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