My Kind of Loser.

To continue this week of celebrating the 30th anniversary of my favorite adventure movie, here's an excerpt from my memoir of dangerous moviegoing... the book called Through a Screen Darkly: •The Paramount Studios logo — a crooked, rocky peak — fades out, replaced by a real-world equivalent, a stone pinnacle jutting into an ivory sky. We’re looking at it through a gap in the trees that edge the screen. A silhouette steps into the frame, classic and unmistakable: a bullwhip slung from his bel … [Read more...]

30 years later, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is Still, For a Lot of Moviegoers (Including Me), the Big Screen’s Greatest Adventure.

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Apparently, I'm not the only one...Here's Ryan Holt: … [Read more...]

Ebert defends Indy’s Standing-O; C.S. Lewis on Mysticism

Indy's standing-oIndiana Jones IV got a standing ovation at Cannes. And Ebert thinks it was genuine.-What did C.S. Lewis have to say about mysticism?Listen to this intriguing podcast at The Kindlings Muse... William Butler Yeats once said, "The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. . ." This same thing could not be said of CS Lewis, whose faith was grounded in reason. In this episode of The Kindlings Muse @ the CS Lewis Center … [Read more...]

The Terminal (2004)

[This review was originally published at Christianity Today.]Near the end of Steven Spielberg's new film The Terminal — an ambitious, whimsical and sentimental movie similar in tone and gloss to 2001's Catch Me If You Can — one of the characters proves to be quite a juggler. It's a delightful moment, primarily because we know we aren't watching a special effect. Kumar Pallana's really juggling those hoops and spinning those plates!Likewise, Spielberg's film is a juggling act that keeps th … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones 4 is Getting Interesting

If you had told me early on that Indiana Jones 4 would star Cate Blanchett and Ray "Sexy Beast" Winstone, I would never have voiced my pleas to leave the trilogy to rest in peace. … [Read more...]

"Empire" strikes again

At The Guardian, author J.G. Ballard remembers the premiere of the movie about his childhood, my favorite Steven Spielberg drama: Empire of the Sun. Surprisingly, it was the film premiere in Hollywood, the fount of most of our planet's fantasies, that brought everything down to earth. A wonderful night for any novelist, and a reminder of the limits of the printed word. Sitting with the sober British contingent, surrounded by everyone from Dolly Parton to Sean Connery, I thought Spielberg's film … [Read more...]

Spielberg Attacks "Extremist" Munich Critics

Spielberg defends his movie... "Munich" was blasted by some US Jewish commentators who accused Spielberg of equating the Israeli assassins with the Palestinian militants.Spielberg dismissed the charges as "nonsense"."These critics are acting as if we were all missing a moral compass. Of course it is a horrible, abominable crime when people are taken hostage and killed like in Munich," he said."But it does not excuse the act when you ask what the motives of the perpetrators were and … [Read more...]

Steven Spielberg to re-make "Mary Poppins"?!

The Independent has the scoop.Time will tell if it's a... um... quality scoop. … [Read more...]

Munich: A movie that reflects Spielberg’s belief in sin.

Which mainstream film critic said THIS about Steven Spielberg's Munich? Today’s movie culture has so thoroughly written off the concept of sin that any movie ridiculing it (from Hellboy and My Summer of Love to Squid and the Whale) is guaranteed to be widely praised. This fondness for transgression might explain the trouble Spielberg has run into with Munich. He explicates a grievous sense of wrong-doing that communicates best to those who are open to an Ecumenical view of life (or if that term … [Read more...]

Terry Gilliam speaks his mind.

I gotta say, I agree with Terry Gilliam, who, in spite of the mess the Weinsteins made of The Brothers Grimm, remains one of my favorite directors.Gilliam, who was J. K. Rowling's original choice to direct Harry Potter, before the studio gave it to Chris Columbus, says: "I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car, and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. … [Read more...]


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