The Flood Hits Home Video: Give Noah a Chance

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Here comes the flood. Again. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Listen as a Theology Professor, an English Professor, an Ordained Minister, and a Film Critic Talk About That Noah Movie

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Just imagine.What would happen if, after all of the clamor and debate about Darren Aronofsky's controversial film Noah quieted down, I — a mild-mannered higher-ed communications specialist by day, and a cantankerous film reviewer by night — sat down in a Seattle pub with... … [Read more...]

Noah (2014): Part Two of a Two-Part Commentary

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[This is Part 2 of Looking Closer's Noah review. Part One was posted yesterday.]Here's another story.Once upon a time, two total strangers — one a mother and a teacher with a background in business; the other a writer, editor, and film critic — became friends after she invited him to join an online discussion of his book about film. They were both Christians. And they met at an arts-and-faith gathering called Hutchmoot in Nashville. They both agreed that they wanted to work together on so … [Read more...]

Is It Dangerous? Biblical? Gnostic? Awesome? — Here’s All The Noah That’s Fit to Print

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I'm getting piles of emails, Facebook messages, tweets, and interview requests regarding my thoughts about Darren Aronofsky's massive new movie Noah.While I'm delighted that anybody would be interested in my response to the film, I have no response yet... not about the movie itself. I haven't seen it. I've been on an island for 10 days studying the art of creative nonfiction, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. It's been one of the most rewarding, exciting … [Read more...]

Before You See That Noah Movie, Read This…

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A few days ago on my Facebook page, I declared, "Steven Greydanus has written *the* must-read article on the 'controversy' over Darren Aronofsky's NOAH." And I linked to the article itself: "Everybody Chill Out About the Noah Movie."Steven, who has a website of his own at DecentFilms.com, and who is currently writing about movies for The National Catholic Register, has been my favorite film reviewer for almost as long as we've been friends — several years now. But what he's written here i … [Read more...]

Does the Noah Screenplay Sink or Float? Chattaway and Godawa Disagree.

Ray Winstone is Tubal-Cain in Aronofsky's "Noah."

"I don’t want to say too much about it here," says Filmchat film critic Peter Chattaway after reading an early screenplay for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, "because it seems we’ve all read an earlier draft than the one that was used to make the actual film."Nevertheless, in a post of more than 1,700 words, he considers the script's adaptation of the Biblical story and responds to the critiques delivered by screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) and Hitfix film critic Drew "Moriarty" McWeeny. … [Read more...]

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and the Pending Deluge of Bible-Based Movies

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You've probably heard by now that Darren Aronofsky — director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan — is now making a movie about Noah's Ark.Perhaps the news has reached you that Russell Crowe will play Noah. And Jennifer Connelly, of course, will offer comfort to Noah's beautiful mind.You may have even heard that Anthony Hopkins is playing Methusaleh.But have you seen the first image of the ark under construction?I suspect this means that we'll se … [Read more...]

I Survived “Black Swan”

Black Swan is a dance production, a horror movie, and a psychological thriller, and a film that's almost certain to earn Natalie Portman a little golden statue.But is it worth seeing? … [Read more...]

Black Swan (2010)

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[This review was originally published at Filmwell.]By now we know that the words "A Darren Aronofsky Film" promise us a fever dream, an intense psychological thriller, a discomforting but enthralling experience.We also know that we’re likely to see very good actors deliver performances so maniacal that veins will bulge and pulse across their temples and throats, as if they're androids plugged into more voltage than they can survive. And we'll be confounded by surreal visions  — a man digg … [Read more...]

Browser: Conan vs. Colbert. Peterson and Leary on “The Wrestler”

1.Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien have a dance off!2.At The Rabbit Room, Pete Peterson praises The Wrestler.Earlier: Michael Leary has a problem with The Wrestler. … [Read more...]


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