Fingertips: Anonymous; Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson; The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox; Woody Allen and Ethan Coen; Tom Waits; U2; Sara Zarr

Are you excited about Anonymous, the movie that's going to shock the world by revealing the shocking truth? No, me either. Check this out, from a New York Times take-down of the film: The most troubling thing about Anonymous is not that it turns Shakespeare into an illiterate money-grubber. It’s not even that England’s virgin Queen Elizabeth is turned into a wantonly promiscuous woman who is revealed to be both the lover and mother of de Vere. Rather, it’s that in making the case for de Vere, th … [Read more...]

The Passion of Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald

Mel Gibson is still in trouble for how he handled The Passion of the Christ. Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald is suing Gibson, claiming he was underpaid for his work on "Passion."Fitzgerald's attorneys claimed Tuesday that his payments were eroded by Gibson's spending habits while filming the movie in Italy, including "tens of thousands" of dollars on his children's education and a $78,000 chiropractor bill. … [Read more...]

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"There is nothing less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only be selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things." - Georgia O'Keeffe-The words “excruciating” and “crucifixion” are related. It’s easy to see why when you read the reviews of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.Violence is not a new subject for this actor-turned-storyteller, and here he zooms in on a singular theme: how Christ persevered, in love, restraint, and forgivene … [Read more...]

Specials: CT Readers Choose Best of ’07. The Passion of the Screenwriter. Is Juno Overrated?

Where does Evan Almighty rate higher than No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood? In the Readers' Choice Awards at Christianity Today Movies!(Earlier, the CT Movies Critics Choice awards.)- The Passion of the ScreenwriterA screenwriter sued Mel Gibson and his production company on Monday, claiming he was misled by the actor-director into accepting a small payment for writing "The Passion of the Christ," and was refused extra money when the film became a blockbuster. More … [Read more...]

"Apocalypto": the reviews are in.

So... what did Mel Gibson do with all of that money he made off of The Passion of the Christ? He made Apocalypto. And here's what Christian film critics are saying...Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films): Gibson is a consummate filmmaker, and the action is never less than riveting. Yet as the film repeatedly ratchets up the wince factor beyond what seems necessary or appropriate, it’s hard not to feel that suffering has been reduced to spectacle. The Passion offered a redemptive context for i … [Read more...]

Another Cry of Dismay about “Apocalypto”

From an insightful friend who just saw Apocalypto: I found Apocalypto truly repulsive. There really is no point to this disgusting movie. Unfortunately, it appears to justify everything negative we've heard about Mel's predelictions. I still haven't seen The Passion, but now when I do, I'll be unable to view it without a lot of baggage -- the result of watching Apocalypto. ... Something's wrong with Gibson. It's pretty sick. ... I cannot fathom how anyone could bring themselves to recommend it, … [Read more...]

Reactions to “Apocalypto”

UPDATED: Some friends of mine over at have just seen Apocalypto, yet another film I couldn't see due to ice and snow this week.Here are a few things they've said: Wow. This is the most violent movie I've ever seen. People die in some extremely graphic, horrific, unimaginably nasty ways. If you thought The Passion was brutal, well, some of the killings here are even more explicit than the scourging at the pillar sequence. ... Visually, it's admirably detailed and there are … [Read more...]

Mark Shea considers the Mel Gibson debacle

Were we seeing "the real Mel Gibson" when he went on his drunken rampage? … [Read more...]

Update: Mel Gibson offers a specific apology to Jews for his comments

BBC News has posted Gibson's full, admirable public apology for his remarks. … [Read more...]

Mel Gibson: TIME Magazine gets up close to the director of "Apocalypto"

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Mel, as unpredictable and challenging as usual.This is the larger TIME article, from which that colorful excerpt in a previous post was apparently an early excerpt. … [Read more...]