Les Misérables

I am a major fan of Les Misérables. I first saw the Cameron Mackintosh musical on Broadway in 1990; I took a day trip to New York while attending a course at Fort Monmouth, NJ. When I returned home, I took my wife to see the touring company production at the National Theatre in DC.…

There Be Dragons

I don’t care what the critics say … I liked “There Be Dragons.” As in “The Mission,” Joffe juxtaposes two contrasting characters. He portrays men of faith (Fr. Gabriel in “The Mission” and Josemaria Escriva, here) sympathetically, without Hollywood cynicism. He may not be a believer, but he creates believable stories in which people of…

Paganizing Christian History

“The Book of Kells” is an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. It’s a thoroughly Christian book (it is the Gospels, after all!). But that doesn’t seem to matter to Tomm Moore, who made a fanciful cartoon last year, called The Secret of Kells. Moore has apparently ripped the book from its Christian reality and turned…

Prince Caspian–My Take

Andrew Adamson doesn’t get it. His Aslan is too small, too tame, too little seen. He’s the star attraction, and his scenes have been chopped, his dialogue butchered, his relevance minimized. The entire narrative of his gradual revelation to the children on their journey to Aslan’s How is eliminated. His Caspian is too old. Ben…

Prince Caspian

Carl Olson has some links and points to a CT interview with the director. I’m a little leery after reading the “movie storybook”–they’ve changed some significant plot points. Instead of a long journey to meet with Caspian, during which the children gradually become aware of Aslan’s presence, now, after a failed attack on the castle,…