Richard John Neuhaus, 1936 – 2009

First Things reports the passing of its founder and editor: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away today, January 8, shortly before 10 o’clock, at the age of seventy-two. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day after Christmas, caused by a series of side effects from the cancer he was suffering. He lost consciousness Tuesday evening after a collapse in his heart rate, and the next day, in the company of friends, he died. Neuhaus wrote, among other things, The N … [Read more...]

Unbearable “Noise”; CGI vs. Ye Olde Fashioned Way

I watched Noise last week. I was assigned to review it. I was excited, because it came from writer-director Henry Bean. Bean made The Believer in 2001, an intriguing movie about a neo-Nazi starring Ryan Gosling a few years back. But alas, I should have looked closer. Bean also wrote Basic Instinct 2.Sure enough, Noise is awful. The more I watched, the more I was frightened by what happened to me. While the central character slowly descended into madness and rage, so I too descended into … [Read more...]

HobbitWatch – Report #2: Doubts of Douthat, Suderman

Sharing some of my own concerns about Peter Jackson's Hobbit project, here are Ross Douthat and Peter Suderman. … [Read more...]

Specials: Cairns and Overstreet Poetry! “Knocked Up.” “All About Adam.” “The Golden Compass.” “Spidey 3.” Helen Mirren. Aronofsky.

Here are a few links I've been saving up this week...Scott Cairns and Anne Overstreet both have poems in the new issue of Relief! Order your copy today!Ross Douthat on Knocked Up and its (surprising?) lack of talk about abortion. (Updated: Even more.) (Oh, and I just discovered his first post on the movie.)Peter Chattaway on Disney's upcoming Adam-and-Eve movie... All About Adam.Peter's also keeping an eye on The Golden Compass's movie hype, and how director Chris Weitz and … [Read more...]

“Apocalypto”: A Catholic Masterpiece?

Apocalypto is dividing up my friends, colleagues, and my favorite critics more than any movie I can remember since... well... The Passion of the Christ. … [Read more...]