Sinister (2012)

A word of advice: If you ever stumble onto a serial killer's personal records of his crimes, turn them over to the police. Don't keep them in your home and stay up late examining them night after night.Ellison Oswalt might have saved himself a lot of trouble had he done that. But then, if you're buying a ticket to Sinister, you've come to get the wits scared out of you. And reasonable behavior just isn't on the menu for characters in this genre.The title Sinister should tell you what you … [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...]

Specials: Proposition review. Good Night review. And more on Emily Rose.

Today's specials:GUY PEARCE GETS DUSTY A review of Nick Cave's The Proposition is up at Twitch. And it sounds like a must-see!GEORGE CLOONEY GETS ARTSY David Poland on Good Night, and Good Luck, the new film by George Clooney. He's impressed.GREYDANUS GETS JUNKETY Steven Greydanus reports from the press junket for The Exorcism of Emily Rose.DERRICKSON GETS CHATTY And Peter T. Chattaway links to his full interview with director Scott Derrickson.Did I mention how much I … [Read more...]

Specials: Dead Can Dance. B&C on Grimm Brothers and Donnie Darko. Dead Can Dance live.! Lanois touring. Rosenbaum on Grimm.

Today's specials:Peter T. Chattaway talks with writer/director Scott Derrickson about The Exorcism of Emily Rose. My own interview will be published at SPU's Response soon.Favorite line from a film review this week: (From the PullQuote review of Broken Flowers.) "Suffice it to say that Broken Flowers is the sort of film where, at the end, you can't believe Patricia Clarkson wasn't in it."At Books and Culture, Thomas Hibbs examines the popularity of Donnie Darko.Also … [Read more...]

What if… ?

Hmmm. If they could make Alien Versus Predator...then maybe...Stay tuned! I've seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and later this week I'll see Serenity. I'll have reviews of both soon, and we'll see who wins the Celebrity Death Match between two vicious female contortionists! … [Read more...]

Scott Derrickson interview… coming up!

I had an hour-long conversation with screenwriter and director Scott Derrickson yesterday, whose new film The Exorcism of Emily Rose looks like the most promising ... and troubling... horror film of the last few years. Derrickson has passionate opinions about the genre, and about filmmaking in general. I'll be publishing excerpts from the interview as an online exclusive for Seattle Pacific's Response magazine soon. Stay tuned...And go see The Exorcism of Emily Rose, if you have the stomach … [Read more...]

“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” – Demon Movie of the Month?

Just as it is very easy for rock musicians to communicate anger, and very difficult for them to inspire joy, so it's difficult for filmmakers to avoid exploiting the power of darkness. It's easy to jolt us, to scare us, to gross us out. It's easy for evil to command our attention. Redemption, on the other hand, is a profoundly un-cool subject for the big screen.In discussions about Christian artists currently working in Hollywood, the name Scott Derrickson keeps coming up. I look forward to … [Read more...]