"Prince Caspian" greenlit…

...according to NarniaWeb, anyway.Looks like Prince Caspian got the big phone call today, and rumor has it that you could hear cheers all over Narnia. … [Read more...]

Thoughts on future Narnia films

I'm engrossed in editing Auralia's Colors this weekend, and working on my Top 25 of 2005.But in the meantime... Jeffrey,I think it has been proved that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has enough legs that a sequel will be made and since you have already posed the question of who might direct future films, I think an interesting question to pose to your readers would be which of the remaining books should or will actually be made into movies. At least I would find that discussion … [Read more...]

What’s Narnia about? Tilda Swinton tells us it’s "anti-religious."

Tilda Swinton tells Christians they're "welcome" to Narnia and what it means. And what does it mean?That good and evil should exist together in balance.That righteousness is a dangerous idea.That the White Witch isn't a threat to Narnia... she is Narnia.And that the story is about the children finding strength in themselves, not in God.Further, she's apparently unsure whether there is evil in the world. "The Christians are welcome," [Swinton] says, with composed irony. "As … [Read more...]

Narnia’s Big Day

Yes, you've seen the trailer. You've even seen the movie.But yesterday, YESTERDAY was the day we've all been waiting for.The Narnia Happy Meals are available at McDonalds.Please note the details regarding the toys included in the package: Rounding out the elaborate collection is Peter Pevensie and Aslan’s Army. Peter leads his troops with articulated arms and legs, and the prelude to battle diorama features a pop-up satyr, unicorn, and horse Peter can ride. I imagine it's difficult … [Read more...]

Who Would You Pick to Direct the Narnia Films? Or The Lord of the Rings?

Many recent comments have raised this question.Please don't use this thread as a chance to bash Jackson or Adamson. We've got enough of that going elsewhere, and frankly, I'm fairly pleased with both directors and I'm tired of focusing on the negatives.But if both Middle-Earth and Narnia were coming to the big screen AGAIN... who would you pick to direct them? What directors have the right sensibilities to elevate these transcendant works of literature to transcendant works for the … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Witch and the Verdict

Recently, I was invited to be on a Christian radio talk show, and told that I was to explain to the listening audience why the mainstream press was trying to destroy the Narnia movie. The hosts' leading question implied that the primary response of the mainstream press to the Narnia movie was negative, and that the chief complaint had to do with special effects.When I asked for the source of their information, all they could offer was TIME Magazine.Basically, when I got on the radio what … [Read more...]

The American Scene: Narnia commentary right-on

Another fine bit of honest analysis on the Narnia movie... … [Read more...]

Specials: Guardian defends Narnia. Malick’s "New World." Haneke spoils. Earthsea animated.

Tuesday's specials:I found most of these links at GreenCine Daily, and I'm glad I did.GUARDIAN GUARDS CHRISTIANITY FROM GUARDIAN JOURNALISTS (AND OTHERS) The Guardian, home of the now-notorious Polly Toynbee who used her Narnia review to bash Christianity, bashes Narnia critics! The Bible is a narrative blueprint for a lot of western culture - if everything referencing it is dodgy then the nativity is dodgy, a lot of Shakespeare is dodgy, some of The Archers is dodgy, everything is … [Read more...]

Ebert on Narnia: Wrong, and Right

UPDATE: Ebert has corrected his mistake!Here's the earlier post...The vigilant Mark Shea notes Ebert's big error: Here's the first sentence of his review of Narnia:C. S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia books, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the Ring trilogy, were friends who taught at Oxford at the same time, were pipe smokers, drank in the same pub, took Christianity seriously and hated each other's fantasy worlds.Here is Lewis, displaying his hatred of Tolkien's fantasy:Such a … [Read more...]

Amy Wellborn on the Narnia Film

Amy Wellborn, one of my favorite bloggers, saw the Narnia film this weekend, and she has a lot to say about it, of course.And, of course, she's right on.Here's an excerpt: It was okay. I agree with most of the reviews I've read on the major points: the little actress who played Lucy was a charmer, the other child actors, not so much. It is always startling to see British child actors who are just a little beyond wooden. Tilda Swinton has just the right, naturally blank look to play a … [Read more...]


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