WALL-E magic. Also: “Wit” and “Passion” and Painful Movies

No, they caaaaan't take that awayyyy from me.... I'm loving the raves for WALL-E. The first and the second time I saw the film, I came away saying, "I can't review this movie. Not yet. Because I can't explain the power it has over me. I honestly don't know how Andrew Stanton or his collaborators do it." I hate the cliche... but it is, indeed, movie magic at its best. A few of my friends and colleagues don't get it on this one. That's fine. No movie is perfect. I'm not spirited away … [Read more...]

Don’t Read Roger Ebert’s WALL-E Review!

Much as I hate to say this about the work of my favorite mainstream film critic... … [Read more...]

A Family Film Worth Celebrating?

Roger Ebert is just one of the film critics singing the praises of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm going to go see a movie based on a dress-up doll for girls. Why? Well, there are the reviews. And then there's the fact that it was directed by Patricia Rozema, who directed the magnificent, underrated Mansfield Park. Roger Ebert says: … [Read more...]

Anybody Who Ever Watched “Siskel and Ebert” Needs to See This

If you thought Siskel and Ebert were good at fighting about movies, wait until you see what happened off-camera. … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, Peter Chattaway open fire on “Da Vinci”

It's National "How Ridiculous is The Da Vinci Code" Day, it seems. SECOND UPDATE: David Poland thinks that the bad reviews have been too kind! * * * * * UPDATE: A.N. Wilson and Christopher Tookey in The Telegraph, linked by Amy Welborn: * * * * * Peter T. Chattaway: The press kit for the movie is contradicting both the book and the film on historical matters. Peter Travers (Rolling Stone): There's no code to decipher. Da Vinci is a dud -- a dreary, droning, dull-witted … [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...]

Specials: Sermon contest! 100 spiritually significant films! Gibson sues CleanFlicks (for Jesus’ sake)! Ebert loved Oprah!

Monday's specials: Will Your Pastor's Sermon win Narnia Sermon Contest? In other words, can your pastor be bribed into lacing your Sunday morning worship with Hollywood propaganda? What's that? Is that the sound of a whip lashing in the foyer? And who's that bearded guy with the whip? Come on. Let's keep Narnia propaganda where it belongs! Which leads me to my next story... Will you be using Narnia toilet tissue? Mmmmmm. Soft as Aslan's fur.... The Top 100 Spiritually Significant … [Read more...]

The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Reviews

Well, here come the reviews! Watch for mine, featuring an in-depth interview with Scott Derrickson, here at SPU's Response. (It might not be up until late Friday.) Ebert turns in an intriguing response. He says: The movie was directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Derrickson. The screenplay is intelligent and open to occasional refreshing wit, as when prosecutor Ethan Thomas makes an objection to one witnesses' speculations about demonology. "On what … [Read more...]

Specials: Lizz Wright! Rosenbaum on Last Days

Today's specials: I've just discovered an album that's definitely going to be on my year-end favorites list. Lizz Wright's Dreaming Wide Awake is a revelation (at least to me, I didn't hear her previous release, Salt.) Dreaming Wide Awake gives Wright's glorious, smoky, passionate vocals fantastic opportunities in covers of songs like Joe Henry's "Stop" and what may be the definitive version of Neil Young's "Old Man." Craig Street's production is so pristine, T-Bone Burnett would be … [Read more...]

Revenge of the Sith reviews!

My review of Star Wars, Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will be posted on Wednesday. There'll be a long version at CT Movies, and a MUCH more comprehensive version up at Looking Closer. … [Read more...]


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