First Word on “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

ComingSoon.net offers a review of Scott Derrickson's The Day the Earth Stood Still! Director Scott Derrickson actually does a better job within the sci-fi genre than he did with supernatural courtroom concoction of "Exorcism of Emily Rose," creating a well-crafted film that maintains the feel of foreboding from the original movie without losing sight of how the world has changed. You can tell the filmmakers really understand the central premise behind the original alien invasion movie, one that … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

My Constantine Adventure: Interviewing Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and others.

Angels. Demons. Humans caught in the middle. Heroes trying to resist temptation and defeat Satan’s emissaries.Sounds a lot like an adventure yarn from the mind of Frank Perretti.But Francis Lawrence’s action-horror flick Constantine is a far cry from This Present Darkness. While the hero is an exorcist casting out demons right and left, he’s not exactly driven by humility or selflessness. And he’s not too fond of God.Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a chain-smoking exorcist who kn … [Read more...]


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