“Talk About the Passions”

Discovered at David Hudson's IFC blog:Joshua Land at Moving Image Source writes about The Passion of the Christ and The Last Temptation of Christ: Considering the tremendous importance of Jesus to many millions, it's understandable that supporters and opponents of [Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader's 'The Last Temptation of Christ' (1988) and Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' (2004)] were often more interested in what they wanted to see in these works than in what their makers … [Read more...]

Browser: Passion of the Rourke. Horton Hears Ken Morefield. Decemberists. Frost/Nixon nixed. Milk of Sorrow. Leonard Cohen. Laura Gibson.

1. A.G. Harmon on The Wrestler and its reference to The Passion of the Christ.2. Ken Morefield on where Horton Hears a Who went wrong. Earlier: My own problems with that playful pachyderm..3. Frost/Nixon could have been done right, says Rick Olson. . . . The filmmakers could have gotten it right, but they chose to tell it wrong. There seems to have been an agenda at work that refused to recognize that the apology originated in the Nixon camp. The building up of Frost into a … [Read more...]

The Passion of Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald

Mel Gibson is still in trouble for how he handled The Passion of the Christ. Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald is suing Gibson, claiming he was underpaid for his work on "Passion."Fitzgerald's attorneys claimed Tuesday that his payments were eroded by Gibson's spending habits while filming the movie in Italy, including "tens of thousands" of dollars on his children's education and a $78,000 chiropractor bill. … [Read more...]

The Passion of the Christ – A Letter to Christians about Mel Gibson’s Film

This commentary is a follow-up to my review of The Passion of the Christ.-Most Christian press publications will lavish praise upon Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. They will celebrate the arrival of a film rich with spiritual power, rendered with riveting and even excruciating detail.Some will go so far as to declare that in this film, the Church has a fantastic "evangelical opportunity."But the fact that many Christians — many churches — are responding to the film as if i … [Read more...]

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"There is nothing less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only be selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things." - Georgia O'Keeffe-The words “excruciating” and “crucifixion” are related. It’s easy to see why when you read the reviews of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.Violence is not a new subject for this actor-turned-storyteller, and here he zooms in on a singular theme: how Christ persevered, in love, restraint, and forgivene … [Read more...]

WALL-E magic. Also: “Wit” and “Passion” and Painful Movies

No, they caaaaan't take that awayyyy from me....I'm loving the raves for WALL-E.The first and the second time I saw the film, I came away saying, "I can't review this movie. Not yet. Because I can't explain the power it has over me. I honestly don't know how Andrew Stanton or his collaborators do it."I hate the cliche... but it is, indeed, movie magic at its best.A few of my friends and colleagues don't get it on this one. That's fine. No movie is perfect. I'm not spirited away … [Read more...]

God and Hollywood: Have Movies Improved Since “The Passion of the Christ”

One week ago, beer-drinkin' believers gathered at Hale's Brewery in Seattle to discuss The Passion of the Christ, "faith-based filmmaking," and whether Mel Gibson's movie heralded a new era for Christian filmmaking (as so many believed it would), or a new era in mediocrity and proselytizing.Sorry, the beer's all gone. But the discussion still lives! Listen to Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr, and me as we talk it over and respond to challenging questions at The Kindlings Muse!Here's … [Read more...]

Specials: CT Readers Choose Best of ’07. The Passion of the Screenwriter. Is Juno Overrated?

Where does Evan Almighty rate higher than No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood? In the Readers' Choice Awards at Christianity Today Movies!(Earlier, the CT Movies Critics Choice awards.)- The Passion of the ScreenwriterA screenwriter sued Mel Gibson and his production company on Monday, claiming he was misled by the actor-director into accepting a small payment for writing "The Passion of the Christ," and was refused extra money when the film became a blockbuster. More … [Read more...]

Update: Mel Gibson offers a specific apology to Jews for his comments

BBC News has posted Gibson's full, admirable public apology for his remarks. … [Read more...]

Picking Up Where "The Passion" Left Off

Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for catching this breaking news: … [Read more...]


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