Congratulations, Peter and Deanna Chattaway! The twins have arrived!

After three months of bed rest, Deanna Chattaway has given birth, and she and Peter are celebrating the arrival of Elizabeth Joy and Thomas Lawrence. Click here (Peter's FilmChat blog, of course) for photos and Peter's awestruck account. … [Read more...]

Washington Post’s Stephen Hunter & Peter Chattaway on "Brokeback Mountain." (Well, no, they’re not really ON Brokeback Mountain.)

Two worthwhile perspectives on Brokeback Mountain:Stephen Hunter sees the film very clearly: ... a movie is a collection of images, not just words. What is said is secondary to the imagery -- images, in the hands of a skillful filmmaker, such as the great Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is his most well-known, "Eat Drink Man Woman" his best), are ideas. They carry ideas. They issue proclamations. They lobby for policy.And what do Lee's images tell us?...It's hard to argue … [Read more...]

Chattaway on "The New World." And no, we’re not the same person.

Today, for the first time in our... golly, ten-year friendship? ... I received an email from someone asking if Peter Chattaway was one of my pseudonyms.Wow.We do show up in a lot of the same places online and in print. But we frequently disagree on films, and sometimes clash mightily.This time, though, we're both recommending that you rush out and see The New World. My review was posted earlier today. In 2006, it's going to be a hard movie to beat on my Year's Best list.Now, … [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...]

Chattaway & Greydanus weigh in on Narnia. And I get on the radio in SC.

UPDATE: Welcome to the Narnia Smackdown, a post that has provoked some of the most interesting comment-exchanges in this blog's little history.It begins with the soon-to-be-father of twins, Peter T. Chattway, and his review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, here.Then, it continues as Steven D. Greydanus (gotta love those middle initials! Golly, I need one!) turns in what he calls "the most blistering B-plus review ever."My review of the film was first … [Read more...]

Specials: Proposition review. Good Night review. And more on Emily Rose.

Today's specials:GUY PEARCE GETS DUSTY A review of Nick Cave's The Proposition is up at Twitch. And it sounds like a must-see!GEORGE CLOONEY GETS ARTSY David Poland on Good Night, and Good Luck, the new film by George Clooney. He's impressed.GREYDANUS GETS JUNKETY Steven Greydanus reports from the press junket for The Exorcism of Emily Rose.DERRICKSON GETS CHATTY And Peter T. Chattaway links to his full interview with director Scott Derrickson.Did I mention how much I … [Read more...]

Specials: Dead Can Dance. B&C on Grimm Brothers and Donnie Darko. Dead Can Dance live.! Lanois touring. Rosenbaum on Grimm.

Today's specials:Peter T. Chattaway talks with writer/director Scott Derrickson about The Exorcism of Emily Rose. My own interview will be published at SPU's Response soon.Favorite line from a film review this week: (From the PullQuote review of Broken Flowers.) "Suffice it to say that Broken Flowers is the sort of film where, at the end, you can't believe Patricia Clarkson wasn't in it."At Books and Culture, Thomas Hibbs examines the popularity of Donnie Darko.Also … [Read more...]

Specials: Serenity, Chattaway, Eighth Day Books

Today's Specials:Yet another exciting trailer for Serenity!Peter T. Chattaway quotes some Overstreet guy in one of his articles... a piece about Hollywood's search for that elusive "Christian audience."As is frequently the case, I'm one of the last people to hear about a very good thing. So, for the record, I have just discovered what may be the finest bookstore accessible online: Eighth Day Books. Visit the site, read their philosophy. You'll understand why Anne and I … [Read more...]

Film Forum is Up… Thanks to Chattaway

Still basking in the greatness of the Glen Workshop. Just had tearful goodbyes with several of the fiction writers with whom I formed strong bonds this week. Things are wrapping up in a hurry now. Sigh. I could live with this community, and it would bear many resemblances to my idea of heaven. … [Read more...]

The gladiator returns to the coliseum…

Paul Giamatti stars in "Gladiator 2: Cinderella Man"I haven't seen Cinderella Man yet, but man, the hype around this movie is building, and the momentum it's gaining looks likely to guarantee it a spot as an Oscar favorite.Think about it: It's the Oscar-winning team of the vastly overrated A Beautiful Mind--Russell Crowe and Ron Howard, together again. But THIS time, Crowe is reprising his role as the Gladiator:a thoughtful family man working hard for a living during tough … [Read more...]


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