Walden Media at War: Fighting to save Narnia from storytellers who don’t understand it.

My review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is up at Good Letters. … [Read more...]

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The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. - Thompson on Hancock Variety's Anne Thompson:Based on seeing Hancock the other night, I can tell you this. Todd McCarthy's early negative review will be one of many. The knives are out, and they are sharp. When this movie opens July 2, it will be eviscerated. I'm trying to keep my hopes up, but I'm hearing more and more cries of dismay and even disgust. This could be a sad case of Great Trailer, Lousy Movie. … [Read more...]

Judging Narnia by the Book Covers

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What should Aslan look like?How enchanting is the Narnia in your imagination?Bookslut has an interesting article about the art of Chronicles of Narnia book covers. Well, to put it bluntly, the writer is lamenting (and rightly so) a dreadful new book cover for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Is this the Aslan that strikes fear into the hearts of friends and enemies alike?Moment by moment, I become more thankful for Kristopher Orr's beautiful, spooky imagery for the cover of … [Read more...]

Walden Media: Turning Great Books into Terrible Movies?

(This post has been REVISED for the sake of clarification.)When Walden Media came into existence, it promised to focus on bringing high quality, family-friendly entertainment to the screen. And they got off to a great start. Holes was one of the most substantial, intelligent, creative films for young viewers to come along in a while.But since then, with the somewhat-impressive, somewhat-bloated and misguided adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the lamentable Around the … [Read more...]

Adam Walter Really, Really Doesn’t Like the Narnia Film

Walter rants. So anyway, yes, I finally got out and saw Narnia. What a waste of time. It's one of the few really boring films of 2005. It's hard to say all of what went wrong--I don't have the time or enthusiasm to compile such a list, frankly. For some reason, the filmmakers felt a need to deviate from Lewis' story on a multitude of details regarding plot, dialogue, setting, character & motivation. Nearly every scene loses its way in a muddle of unnecessary confusion. This was as much a … [Read more...]

What’s Narnia about? Tilda Swinton tells us it’s "anti-religious."

Tilda Swinton tells Christians they're "welcome" to Narnia and what it means. And what does it mean?That good and evil should exist together in balance.That righteousness is a dangerous idea.That the White Witch isn't a threat to Narnia... she is Narnia.And that the story is about the children finding strength in themselves, not in God.Further, she's apparently unsure whether there is evil in the world. "The Christians are welcome," [Swinton] says, with composed irony. "As … [Read more...]

Narnia’s Big Day

Yes, you've seen the trailer. You've even seen the movie.But yesterday, YESTERDAY was the day we've all been waiting for.The Narnia Happy Meals are available at McDonalds.Please note the details regarding the toys included in the package: Rounding out the elaborate collection is Peter Pevensie and Aslan’s Army. Peter leads his troops with articulated arms and legs, and the prelude to battle diorama features a pop-up satyr, unicorn, and horse Peter can ride. I imagine it's difficult … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Witch and the Verdict

Recently, I was invited to be on a Christian radio talk show, and told that I was to explain to the listening audience why the mainstream press was trying to destroy the Narnia movie. The hosts' leading question implied that the primary response of the mainstream press to the Narnia movie was negative, and that the chief complaint had to do with special effects.When I asked for the source of their information, all they could offer was TIME Magazine.Basically, when I got on the radio what … [Read more...]

The American Scene: Narnia commentary right-on

Another fine bit of honest analysis on the Narnia movie... … [Read more...]

Specials: Guardian defends Narnia. Malick’s "New World." Haneke spoils. Earthsea animated.

Tuesday's specials:I found most of these links at GreenCine Daily, and I'm glad I did.GUARDIAN GUARDS CHRISTIANITY FROM GUARDIAN JOURNALISTS (AND OTHERS) The Guardian, home of the now-notorious Polly Toynbee who used her Narnia review to bash Christianity, bashes Narnia critics! The Bible is a narrative blueprint for a lot of western culture - if everything referencing it is dodgy then the nativity is dodgy, a lot of Shakespeare is dodgy, some of The Archers is dodgy, everything is … [Read more...]


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