Stock (Plot) Car Racing?

Does "Cars" maintain Pixar's string of smashingly great films? … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on “United 93″

My trusted friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus has seen United 93. And he says, It is not exploitative. It is not manipulative. It is not strident or judgmental. It does not demonize or lionize anybody. It is as restrained, as respectful, as deeply moving a tribute to the passengers of United Flight 93 (not to mention assorted key players on the ground) as I can imagine a film being. As a New York area resident who watched the WTC burn and fall with my own eyes, I am deeply appreciative … [Read more...]

Specials: New Ron Sexsmith music! Greydanus flunks V. Walter on Soderbergh.

NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]

At last, Steven D. Greydanus posts his Best of 2005.

Here are the best films of 2005, according to Decent Films, along with some commentary about significant developments of the year. … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on "Match Point"

For what it's worth, while I'd probably rate the film as a C because it is very well crafted, I agree with Steven's observations about the film. Match Point is a work of wicked, twisted genius, one that comes to dangerous and frightening conclusions about reality and morality. This is a great review. The first shot in Woody Allen’s Match Point is meant to serve as a metaphorical master-image for the film as a whole: a freeze-frame shot of a tennis ball suspended in space over the net after … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus Finds a Fundamental Flaw in "Brokeback Mountain"

Many Christian filmgoers will condemn Brokeback Mountain because they will assume that it is evil due to its subject matter. That's the worst kind of reaction to it. It leads us to become reactionary and judgmental, and it prevents us from learning to be patient, to look closely, to discern. What I like about Steven D. Greydanus's review at Decent Films is that, even though he gives Brokeback Mountain a failing grade, at least he did the work of thinking through it and seeing it for what it … [Read more...]

Chattaway & Greydanus weigh in on Narnia. And I get on the radio in SC.

UPDATE: Welcome to the Narnia Smackdown, a post that has provoked some of the most interesting comment-exchanges in this blog's little history. It begins with the soon-to-be-father of twins, Peter T. Chattway, and his review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, here. Then, it continues as Steven D. Greydanus (gotta love those middle initials! Golly, I need one!) turns in what he calls "the most blistering B-plus review ever." My review of the film was first … [Read more...]

Specials: PTC on Potter. GetReligion on Lewis. Apostrophes.

Thursday's specials: DEFENDING LEWIS Hooray for GetReligion, as they expose the bloodthirsty journalists trying to get their knives into C.S. Lewis. I'm confident that the "deeper magic" of Lewis's stories will rise up and conquer character assassinations. DEFENDING POTTER You've seen my review at Looking Closer's movie page. Now here's Chattaways' review. Sounds like we agree on most things. We'll continue to defend the boy against those Christian film critics who continue to condemn … [Read more...]

Seattle’s Mars Hill Church and Pastor Mark Driscoll hurl outrageous accusations at the Catholic Church… from the pulpit

---THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED. Check out the input from Steven Greydanus.--- ... at least, that's the allegation made in a student editorial in SPU's student newspaper The Falcon on the issue of division within the church. If the student's report is accurate, well, I can only applaud. I've been reading Catholicism and Fundamentalism, by Karl Keating, and Evangelicalism is Not Enough, by Thomas Howard (who has long been one of my favorite writers), and both of them go a long way to showing … [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...]