Category: Film Reviews/Hollywood

“Kingdom of Heaven”

In the wake of the Passion, Hollywood began searching for material that would be marketable to the hordes of hitherto neglected “faith group.” Kingdom of Heaven, which has been advertising in the conservative World Magazine, presumably is one of these...

/ May 2, 2005

In (some) Theaters: “Off the Map”

This strange film goes slowly along over the contours and expressions of one summer in the life of a nothing-if-not-eccentric family in rural New Mexico. The events of that summer do not drive the movie. In fact, I’m at a...

/ March 27, 2005

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Oprah Winfrey was intimately involved in bringing this novel by Zora Neale Herston to television, which aired March 6, 2005. It follows the life of a young black woman, Janie, (Halle Berry) through her relationships with three different men. She...

/ March 7, 2005

Honest Words about Depictions of Heaven

From an interview with the screenwriters of Constantine, the latest Keanu Reeves film: Interviewer: So is that why you didn’t show Heaven more? FRANK: The true reason for that is, no one knows how to depict it in a cool...

/ February 16, 2005

Constantine – Irresponsible, Humorous, and Smart

Despite an entirely preferential dislike of being startled, I liked it. I loved the hero, I hated the villain, and I actually laughed a lot. Though, I will say it is in appropriately subtitled. It should not be: “Hell wants...

/ February 16, 2005

Constantine’s Message a Mixed Bag

Keith and I just returned from seeing Constantine, courtesy of the good folks at Grace Hill Media. Constantine is certainly for mature audiences only. Replete with demons of various kinds, depictions of hell, and comic-book violence, it is not a...

/ February 15, 2005

Insights and questions from “E.T. – Extra Terrestial”

I just watched E.T. for the first time. It won best picture in 1982, and remains a revered (and oft quoted) cultural icon. What makes it so excellent? I will approach the question not by examining E.T. as a film,...

/ February 5, 2005

In Good Company

Grace Hill Media made good on their promise to buy tickets to In Good Company for the Los Angeles based bloggers who responded to their promotion (they excluded us from the grand prize because the movie is already showing in...

/ January 11, 2005
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Free from politics

Jim (Matt’s brother) writes: But then you’ve got films like On the Waterfront, which is political, entertaining, and artistic at the same time. (It also has one of the most sympathetic, perhaps most realistic Hollywood portrayals of a man of...

/ May 26, 2004
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Quentin Tarantino

I just went on a Quentin Tarantino kick, catching up on his most recent films: Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004). Before I saw these three films I was convinced that I...

/ April 25, 2004