Reader mailstrom, 10/16: Through a Screen Darkly; Prince Caspian; Lakeview Terrace; Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Welcome to Reader Mailstrom, a chronicle of stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email.- … [Read more...]

Browser, 7/3: What Adamson left out; World on “Wanted”; Watch Hitchens try waterboarding (LINK REPAIRED)

What Narnia's Son of Adam (that is, Adamson) left outChristopher Howse at The Telegraph reports on the important stuff in C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian that Andrew Adamson and his screenwriters left out: I wonder if audiences are looking out for the wrong things in the films of C.S Lewis's Narnia books. The danger is simply to think "Aslan = Jesus", and then to puzzle out how the one allegorically illuminates the other. -What men wantMegan Basham asks, "Why are films like Wanted so … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Reviews “Prince Caspian,” “Indiana Jones,” “Mongol,” and More

For all of those people who wrote to me asking, "What do you think of Bella? Isn't it great? Don't you love it? Isn't it the best movie of the year?" Well, I've finally delivered a review. It's here, in this podcast. … [Read more...]

How “Prince Caspian” Botches the Meaning of the Book

Want to know if Andrew Adamson's Prince Caspian is fun and entertaining? Check out the reviews archived at Rotten Tomatoes.But if you're a fan of C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian, which is something quite different, and if you hope to see Lewis's ideas come to life on the big screen in Adamson's film, well... what follows is a collection of reviews that address that question.This collection will be updated as I find further interesting reviews on the subject. Feel free to submit more reviews, … [Read more...]

Caspian’s PG and David Dark’s Next

Did Prince Caspian get the right rating?Cinematical's Eric Snider thinks the "PG" is misleading. ... watch The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and marvel at how such a violent movie magically got the kid-friendly PG rating.I didn't know the rating before I watched it, and I didn't remember, off the top of my head, whether the first Chronicles of Narnia was PG. (It was.) As Prince Caspian unfolded, I noted that there was an awful lot of stabbing, throat-slitting, and other killing, … [Read more...]

DecentFilms on Prince Caspian: Lewis’s Themes and Ideas are “Largely Lost.”

When it comes to The Chronicles of Narnia films, well... I want them to be great. I want them to be entertaining, yes. But more than anything, I hope that the filmmakers finds ways to preserve the ideas at the core of the story. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, they did a decent job, but some of their decisions suggested that they failed to understand some of Lewis's ideas. And in stripping Aslan of some of his authority, they weakened the character and the core of the story.Steven … [Read more...]

Christianity Today: 2 1/2 stars (out of 4) for “Prince Caspian”

Are you looking forward to the appearance of Bacchus in Prince Caspian?Alas, you won't see that scene.That's just the beginning of the cuts that concern Peter T. Chattaway in his review of the movie at Christianity Today.Wow.Chattaway does find the film quite entertaining.But I just wish that efforts like this one, and like Alfonzo Cuaron's extraordinary film Children of Men, would do away with the label "Based on the book." Rather, they are new stories, "Inspired by elements … [Read more...]

“The Defanging of Aslan”

Steven D. Greydanus interviews the men behind Prince Caspian.And he finds them making some rather dubious claims. Unlike presidential candidates, the films' producer, Mark Johnson, doesn't even want to talk about change ... at least when it comes to Narnia."I've produced a lot of movies based on books," he said, speaking at a New York press event with other Narnia filmmakers. Citing titles from The Natural to The Notebook, Johnson said, "We made big changes in all of those in order to … [Read more...]

Mick Silva’s Advice for Writers; Narnia’s Makeover for High King Peter

Silva pondersMick Silva on the voice of the Christian writer.-High King Peter of Narnia's "small mind"In C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, High King Peter did *not* have a "small mind." But it seems that American filmmakers are almost incapable of portraying a valiant, decisive, noble leader. It's as if we don't believe it's possible anymore.Aragorn, that great king in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, was given a Hamlet-like complex, a severe insecurity, and all kinds of … [Read more...]

Compromising Caspian?

Today at CT Movies, witness Mark Moring challenging Douglas Gresham on Prince Caspian. And Gresham's answers are just fine... that is, if you aren't concerned that the movie be true to the book, and if you thought the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was just spiffy.Gresham doesn't seem too concerned about asking "What would C.S. Lewis think about these adaptations?" His answer: He's concerned about what the Holy Spirit would think. So... we should blame the Holy Spirit … [Read more...]


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