Expelled

A bunch of Adventists went to see Expelled tonight; in front of us, some folks I knew from Catholic young adult ministry–Tito and Andre. There was good attendance at the showing, and it was a young crowd, very friendly to the film makers, as attested by the applause at the end. Ben Stein has a…

Barb on “Expelled”

Barbara Nicolosi gives “Straight A’s for Expelled.” It is anything but a right-wing, Christian hit piece, and from a craft standpoint, it is entertaining, funny and very respectful of the audience.

Movies about Jesus

Liberal Scholar Bart Ehrman lists his favorite Jesus movies. No surprises: Jesus of Montreal, The Last Temptation of Christ; Jesus Christ Superstar; Passolini’s The Gospel according to St. Matthew, and Monty Python’sThe LIfe of Brian. Now, I know some orthodox Christians who would agree with the mention of Passolini’s film (which I haven’t seen). I…

Barbara Nicolosi on Oscar

Barbara Nicolosi finally gets around to commenting on this year’s Oscars, and I find myself shouting, “Amen!” My opinion is that there is nothing wrong with a dull Oscar telecast that a few wonderful movies mainstream won’t solve. … … A Best Picture film has generally meant something that holds up over time and can…

Movies of 2007

Here’s the full list of 992 movies released in 2007. And here’s the list of movies I saw–mostly when they came to DVD, since I can’t justify paying $40 to take my wife and kids to a theater (we had a couple of free passes for the only movie we all went to see this…

Elvis at Mass

Alan has link to YouTube clip of Elvis singing an offertory song at the end of the movie, Change of Habit.

“Into Great Silence”

“Into Great Silence,” about life at the Grande Chartreuse monastery, will be playing at the Angelika in Houston starting May 4. CNS review.

Mel Gibson Makes More Friends

If you go to a university, and show a movie, and open the floor to questions from academics who specialize in the subject, you should not be surprised if they ask tough questions. Mel Gibson, however, could only cuss out one such professor, who was then escorted out by campus police. Alicia Estrada is an…

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace: a very good movie, which the son and I saw tonight. See also these reflections by Archbishop Chaput of Denver.

No redeeming social value. None. Nada.

Have you heard of the “Jacka**” movies? Someone showed me a clip of one a couple of weeks ago. I was utterly appalled. Yet they are big sellers. And the stupid try and imitate their stunts.

Futility?

fu·til·i·ty (fyū-tĭl‘ĭ-tē) n., pl. -ties. The quality of having no useful result; uselessness. Lack of importance or purpose; frivolousness. A futile act. Clint Eastwood says he made his Iwo Jima movies to show the futility of war. He says he wanted to show we are all the same. Perhaps Mr. Eastwood didn’t pay attention to…

“Hart’s War”

I stumbled onto the 2002 film Hart’s War while flipping channels today. It starts off well enough, a story of racism in the army in World War 2, with a court martial being conducted by American military personnel in a German POW camp. We eventually learn that there is more going on here than it…

Don’t buy this DVD

I loved Flags of Our Fathers–but I’m not buying the DVD. I rented it for $1 at Kroger–there are no extras of any kind on the DVD; you don’t even get the scene selection feature that’s on every other DVD ever produced. Rent it, if you didn’t see the movie. Don’t buy it.

Who killed Superman?

I thought Hollywoodland had an interesting premise–did George Reeves really commit suicide, or was he murdered (and there are plenty of suspects)? But after watching it, I no longer cared. It’s a confusing mix of flashbacks and mystery narrative that just sort of peters out at the end.

Mel Redux

The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition, says the cover. It promises deleted scenes, but it delivers only two fairly mediocre cuts–not the controversial Emmerick-inspired scenes of the building of the cross (in the high priest’s courtyard) and the slaughtering of the paschal lamb (in the upper room) that I kind of hoped might be…

“Pan’s Labyrinth”

I was thinking today that I hadn’t seen any reviews by Barbara Nicolosi for a long time. Her blog has had few posts since her Houston visit. Well, she’s back with a vengeance, and her target is “Pan’s Labyrinth.” I was especially interested in how she would react to this film, given her work on…

Sometimes the free market system works

Lots of blogs have been getting riled up about the movies shown at the Sundance festival, including “Hounddog,” in which Dakotah Fanning’s  character is raped. Sometimes the free market system does work–the reviewers have panned it as “simply awful,” and it has no buyers. Roger Friedman of FOX news has this to say about the…

The Oscars (roll eyes)

Borat demonstrates you can be nominated for best screenplay even if there was no screenplay. What a joke–and an insult to real writers.

Upcoming Movies

A couple movies I hadn’t heard about prior to seeing their trailers last night: The Astronaut Farmer and Amazing Grace (with Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Albert Finney as John Newton).

“Letters from Iwo Jima”

Clint Eastwood’s second Iwo Jima film, Letters from Iwo Jima, is not easily categorized. It’s a very different film from Flags of Our Fathers, though filmed in the same washed out spectrum. On one level, it reminded me of Akira Kurosawa‘s work, in both the direction and some of the characters–a mix of heroes, buffoons,…

We Are Marshall–the true story

Busted Halo has the story of Fr. Bob Scott, CSP, chaplain at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, in 1970, when a plane crash took the lives of the university’s entire football team. He was also the team chaplain, and sometimes flew with the team. He didn’t that time. Of the movie, “We Are Marshall,” he…