‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is stunning but barely concedes the miraculous

Christian Bale, center, in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox)

 A scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox/Kerry Brown) Director Ridley Scott's most recent epic, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," attempts to tell the biblical story of Moses from about the time he learns he is a Hebrew until he receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. It concludes with him as an old man, riding in a cart with the Ark of the Covenant, as the Hebrew people wander in the desert. I use the word "attempt" because the film is an artistic extrapolation of … [Read more...]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ – a sneak peek and the new trailer!

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Tonight at Fox Studios, Sr. Jennifer and I got to see clips from the upcoming December 12 release, Ridley Scott’s epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”The first scenes they showed us were the usual “sword and sandal” story and battles; Moses was wearing black and riding a black horse; his "cousin" Rhamses (Joel Edgerton) wearing silverish garments and riding a white horse. The conflict is signaled early on. The film became interesting quickly when Moses (Christian Bale) tours the quarries where the … [Read more...]

“Blade Runner” old notes show that studio execs hated the movie at first

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On Facebook today the great American film critic Roger Ebert posted a link to this story about what some fans believe is the greatest science fiction movie ever -"Blade Runner" and I'm sharing the REDDIT Salon story here.One executive's comment said, "The movie gets worse with every screening."Click here to see the actual notes."Blade Runner" (1982) was directed by Ridley Scott starring Harrison Ford is loosely based on the 1968 sci-fi novel by Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) "Do Androids … [Read more...]

“The Vatican” Showtime announces new TV thriller about spirituality, power, politics

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, in various announcements since mid-Feburary, this new series "The Vatican" is helmed by Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Good Wife) and Paul Attanasio (House). It is set to star Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and as of yesterday, when Pope Francis was elected as Pope, Ewan Bremner (Trainspotting), was added to the cast.Click here to read today's announcement and to catch … [Read more...]

Robin Hood: The Sword and Magna Carta

In "Robin Hood," Ridley Scott's and Russell Crowe epic foray into the time of the crusades, NCR media critic Sr. Rose Pacatte finds an examination of the meaning of our myths, our heroes, and our stories. This is important, she writes, "so we will never give up our passion for life and justice for all."Click here for Sr. Rose's review of Robin Hood … [Read more...]


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