February 28, 2007
Would You Believe . . . ?
With Steve Carell as Smart and Alan Arkin as the longsuffering Chief, there are definite possibilities for gut-splitting risibility.
But Anne Hathaway as 99? Why not the vow-breakingly loverly Kate Bosworth?
February 26, 2007
Another Disaster for James Cameron
So the director of True Lies is now bringing to the small screen a Big Lie. I am trembling in my mucklucks . . .
This tomb, a collection of various and sundry bones, was discovered twenty years ago, but it is only now that Hollywood has gotten involved that 2,000 years of Christian belief is set to be tossed on the trash heap of history.
Oh how the heathen rage . . .
Update: Amy Welborn has an excellent post on this topic.
tonsure tip: Past the Popcorn, via Gospelcom.net.
But at least we were not subjected to the ensemble cast of Little Miss Sunshine jumping onstage to do a striptease.
Did Alan Arkin truly deserve his Oscar? He has given some very funny performances in the past (think The In-Laws), but for a few minutes of screen time as a dirty old man? Better Djimon Hounsou or Mark Walhberg...
Al Gore won an Oscar. Well, at least he finally won something...
And someone break out a lager for Deutschland! The Lives of Others beat out crowd favorite Pan's Labyrinth for Best Foreign-Language Film!
The rest was predictable, although I thought they would surely reward Adriana Barraza. (In the interest of full disclosure: I have not seen Dreamgirls, and so cannot assess whether Jennifer Hudson was deserving of her Oscar.)
As for the host, Ellen DeGeneres: She was not awful. She was not good; but she was not awful. When are they going to get Gilbert Gottfried to host? I promise you, that will be the last Oscar broadcast ever...
February 13, 2007
I Am Ethel Merman's Love Child
I have no idea what this means. Are my sins so great, so beyond the grace of Almighty God, that I am doomed to spend eternity as half a fish? Is this some special place in hell? I thought hell was divided into three parts: one part for Satan and his miserable minions, one part for those who have spurned God and devoted themselves to idols, and one part for the creators of The View.
This is the most abominable thing I have encountered since the halibut steak at Lucky Louie's Phish or Swim.
February 06, 2007
I Have a Feeling I Am Being Insulted ...
February 03, 2007
Screwtape Hits the Big Screen!
Who should play Screwtape? Jack Nicholson? Willem Dafoe (who I almost literally ran into while shopping at some Manhattan foodery recently; seems a most pleasant chap in real life)? No, we must go with a Brit (but please—not Ian McKellan!).
How about we stir up a Sir: Sir Anthony Hopkins? Sir Ben Kingsley? Of course, the very un-Sir John Cleese is the voice of Screwtape in the audio version, done several years ago.
Will his nephew, Wormwood, be portrayed? Will someone have the audacity to write return letters, from Wormwood to Screwtape, which, in the book, are only inferred from Screwtape's replies?
I am happy to know that Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis' stepson, will be one of the producers of the film, and hopefully will keep the production true to the vision of the finest Christian apologist of the twentieth century (even though not a Lutheran!).