Image has just posted their list of the Top 25 Horror Movies. I participated in the vote, and I'm pleased with the results (although I now have to update my Netflix queue with those titles I haven't seen). You might ask, "What in the world are these people thinking, recommending horror movies?! I thought that Image was a journal of Christian thought on the arts and religion!" … [Read more...]
Two highlights of the new MTV interview with Frank "Shawshank Redemption" Darabont, who is directing Stephen King's The Mist: MTV: You obviously are a great lover of the horror genre. What do you think of films like "Hostel" and "Saw"? Darabont: The torture-porn thing is pretty distasteful. I'm just not into it. Horror unfortunately tends to go in these cycles where it puts itself back in this ghetto. I just don't find anything amusing about people getting tortured. I wish we weren't making … [Read more...]
The most interesting thing I read all day was Adam Walter's post on the difference between "disturbing" films and "scary" films. He ends up talking about the effect of violence in art, and quoting a lot of Flannery O'Connor, which is always a good thing. Nice work, Adam. Really interesting stuff. And way to go, Nate Bell, for making Adam think and blog. … [Read more...]
(Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for noting this so quickly.) A movie that gives audiences the opportunity to watch human beings tortured, decapitated, having their throats cut, their heads smashed in, parts of their body chopped up and thrown in a furnace, shot point blank, their eyes dangling from their sockets and eventually cut (to relieve the pain), poked full of holes with a drill, having digits snipped off, throwing themselves in front of trains, having their chest cavities opened for … [Read more...]
Specials: Wong at Cannes. Vote against Pedro. Chattaway’s Top 10. "New World" cut. "Pan’s Labyrinth." "Horror porn." "Scanner Darkly." "Fateless."
Wednesday's specals: President of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury... Wong Kar-wai! Fantastic. This should make for some very interesting choices. Can't wait to see who else is on the jury. (Thanks, Opus, for the link.) No more Pedro the Lion. Please welcome... David Bazan! It was bound to happen. Bazan's dropped the band name, officially declared himself a solo artist. Peter Chattaway and Roy Anker post contrary top ten lists at Books and Culture I like titles on both lists. I … [Read more...]