“Sophie Scholl” Wins an Award from the Evangelical Press… Sorta.

How am I supposed to understand my purpose here when, regularly writing about movies that most evangelicals would never bother to watch, I'm suddenly given an Evangelical Press Award for reviewing a little-known foreign film directed by an atheist?Many thanks to the folks who enjoyed this review and gave me this honor. I'm surprised and delighted! … [Read more...]

One of the Greatest Christian Heroes the Big Screen’s Ever Seen…

... is here on DVD at last.Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is not only one of the best films to play on American screens this year, but it also boasts one of the greatest performances by an actress in the last several years. Julia Jentsch is riveting in this film. … [Read more...]

Sarris on "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" – the raves continue

Andrew Sarris (The New York Observer) on Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Another surprise — perhaps as much for you as for me — is that in her last days, Sophie doesn’t emerge as some kind of secular saint, but rather as a deep believer in her mother’s Protestant Lutheran faith. Hence, when the German prison chaplain comes to give her the last rites, she explicitly beseeches him to entrust her soul to God’s mercy — this despite the agnosticism preached to her by her own beloved father from early … [Read more...]

Julia Jentsch on Playing Sophie Scholl

Cinematical has an interview with Julia Jentsch, the actress who deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance in Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. (Alas, the film is only nominated for Best Foreign Film. It deserved a screenplay nomination and a Best Supporting Actor nomination as well.) … [Read more...]

The New York Times’ Stephen Holden praises "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"

The film has opened in New York, and Stephen Holden is impressed.Even the Village Voice admits it's an admirable achievement.And now, Steven D. Greydanus is sounding the trumpets and heralding Sophie Scholl: The Final Days as an A+ motion picture. He calls it: ...one of a very few films that accomplishes one of the rarest and most valuable of cinematic achievements: It makes heroic goodness not just admirable, but attractive and interesting. I'm telling you... Sophie Scholl is the … [Read more...]

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-A number of big names — Dame Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon — were Academy Award nominees for Best Actress in 2005. And Witherspoon, the winner for her role in Walk the Line, certainly deserved high honors. But could it be that voters overlooked a performance that's even more riveting, memorable, and inspiring than any of these? … [Read more...]

Specials: Sophie Scholl. Casting news. X-Men ends.

Friday's specials:Well, I saw The New World again last night. Went with Anne and my new friend Mark Shea. We all basked in the glory, even though the beauty of Malick's film was completely lost on the row of teenagers sitting behind us who talked through the entire film. They must have been disappointed by the lack of sex scenes, revenge plots, and things blowing up.Anyway, this was my third viewing of The New World on the big screen, and it has officially passed my three-viewing test. … [Read more...]

The Da Vinci Challenge, the NY Times coverage, and Wellborn’s perspective

[UPDATE: The Da Vinci Challenge site is suddenly out of service. Is it a glitch? Or was it shut down for some reason?]The New York Times has already noticed a new Web site, just launched today, created by Sony Pictures and Grace Hill Media called The Da Vinci Challenge, where Christian writers will bring all kinds of extra attention to the movie of The Da Vinci Code by discrediting it right and left.Amy Wellborn raises interesting questions about the whole endeavor here.Me, I hope I … [Read more...]

"The White Rose" … or, How to Prepare for the "Sophie Scholl" Release

I just received this from a reader: Jeff. I've been reading your blog for quite a while now. Thanks for all the great posts. I was a pastor in Seattle for 12 years, now I'm in Canada. I'm also a good friend of Adam Walter (I love it when you link to Adam's blog.) I just finished reading a book, The White Rose, by Inge Scholl. Inge is Sophie's sister. It's a good companion to this movie. I think you would be interested.Okay, thanks! Here's a link to the Amazon page for the book. … [Read more...]

More about "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"

a few more details about...Sophie Scholl: The Final Days The true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in the multi-award winning drama SOPHIE SCHOLL-THE FINAL DAYS. Germany’s official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards, SOPHIE SCHOLL stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re- … [Read more...]