The Song “Shares the Weaknesses of Most Faith-Based Films”

The Song

I've received two emails this week asking for my opinion of The Song. This is what I can offer... … [Read more...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

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I love it when people I love interview people I love. … [Read more...]

An Ugly, Arrogant Gospel: God’s Not Dead, But Is He Shaking His Head?

Steven Greydanus Reel Faith

Now, two of the finest film critics in Christian media agree: There's something quite contrary to the spirit of the Gospel at the heart of the smash-hit "Christian Movie" God's Not Dead. … [Read more...]

The Incredibles (and Other 10-Year-Old Films); Jesus Films; Matt Zoller Seitz; Scott Cairns

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I haven't posted any Hi 5s on ths blog in a while, but it's... um... "hi time" that I got back in the habit of it. Gratitude is good for the soul.What is Hi 5 to the Face? Find out here.Let's get started! This time, I'm sending Hi 5s to the following superstars...Ken Morefield over at 1 More Film Blog, for inviting Steven Greydanus to toast Pixar's The Incredibles, which is now ten years old! … [Read more...]

Before You See That Noah Movie, Read This…

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A few days ago on my Facebook page, I declared, "Steven Greydanus has written *the* must-read article on the 'controversy' over Darren Aronofsky's NOAH." And I linked to the article itself: "Everybody Chill Out About the Noah Movie."Steven, who has a website of his own at DecentFilms.com, and who is currently writing about movies for The National Catholic Register, has been my favorite film reviewer for almost as long as we've been friends — several years now. But what he's written here i … [Read more...]

The Abomination of “Desolation”: Two Hobbit-Related Lists

At Tolkien's graveside in 1992. Back then, he wasn't turning over in his grave. Not yet.

 Peter Jackson's new Middle-Earth movie — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — is here. And not even an army of the most influential film critics could prevent it from becoming a box office sensation.But, as you can see, most film critics are actually cheering for the film. And why not, if what you want is a immersive, overwhelming, action-packed big-screen experience?Me, I didn't attend the press screening. I initially accepted the invitation, hoping that this chapter wou … [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger: “Cynical. Bankrupt. Brutal. Anti-American. A Catastrophe.”

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Steven Greydanus has seen The Lone Ranger.And he is not a happy camper.But I'm grateful for his vigorously critical review... because now I know not to spend even a nickel on this movie.Just listen to this... … [Read more...]

Oz the Unfortunate and Underwhelming?

Oz the Great and Powerful

Should I throw myself into the latest Oz tornado? I'm reluctant. And most of the reviewers I trust — even those who are big fans of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories — are frustrated with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.If you're looking for guidance, I recommend, above all, Steven Greydanus's review. He writes... … [Read more...]

Look!: “Ivan’s Childhood”; “La Pivellina”; Steven Greydanus’s Top 10 List Collection; Joel Avery on “Melancholia” & the Apocalypse; More…

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Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on.-Last night, thanks to the new Criterion blu-ray release, I finally got around to watching Ivan's Childhood, the first feature film by master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.I've seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, Zerkalo (The Mirror), Solaris, and The Sacrifice enough times to count them among my favorite films, but have never managed to sit … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies.So I've taken this first movie and expanded it into two movie reviews... … [Read more...]


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