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Movie Reviews Up at Nehring The Edge

December 1, 2006 | By | One Comment

Nehring The Edge: Is it a sin for a moron to call an imbecile an idiot? hosts THE CARNIVAL OF CINEMA EPISODE IX: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO. Go visit for the latest in reviews.

Our favorite is The City of God: St Augustine, Hobbes and Brazilian moviemaking by Westminster Wisdom.

These guys are smart.

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Augustine in His Study by Carpaccio

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Be sure to visit Nehring. Carnival hosts work only for links and visits. The blogosphere owes them.

Carnival of Cinema Is Up at Nehring the Edge

October 20, 2006 | By | No Comments

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for movie reviews Nehring the Edge is hosting a terrific new carnival of cinema.

See Westminster Wisdom for a must movie review read on Memento. Charmaine and I saw the movie and determined that we would have to see it twice or thrice to completely understand and appreciate and enjoy. Gracchii explains why.

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Memento is not to be confused with Mentoes …and Coke. Children, do not attempt without adult supervision.

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WTC: A Must See Movie

July 26, 2006 | By | 3 Comments

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World Trade Center “Redemption,” wrote Cal Thomas earlier when he saw Oliver Stone’s movie. Stone may have redeemed himself.

This is a cross post from Jack Yoest, World Trade Center, Stone’s New Movie. From last week.

Tonight, Thursday, The Washington Insiders were invited to a private screening of World Trade Center. I got in on a waiver. I would have been easy to pick out of this cool crowd: I was the only one with a bucket of (fattening) buttered popcorn, slurping a giant Coke.

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Your Business Blogger, Charmaine

Melissa and Rob Bluey

Charmaine and I joined Rob Bluey, blog editor at Human Events and his wife Melissa from The Atlantic Monthly and the smart crowd at a Cinema near Charmaine’s office to see Stone’s newest movie.

What it was and what it was not.

It was not a conspiracy movie.

It did not bash Bush.

It was not sappy.

It was not about stupid, church-going nuts.

It did not mock marriage.

It did not blame America.

It did not support radical Islam.

It did not mock Marines.

It did not mock Jesus.

It did not mock cops.

It did not mock family, faith or freedom.

Charmaine says, “It was a Hallmark Hall of Fame special…on steroids.” Jim Pinkerton, from the New America Foundation DID NOT tear up. Me neither.

But the theater was a bit dusty. That stuff can get in your eyes. Or was it dust from the movie?

This is a movie that you will see in a few weeks and you will be glad you did. After the viewing, there was no applause, little talking. At the end, the crowd audibly exhaled, as one.

People moved out as if leaving a wake. Tony Blankley and his significant other were the last, the very last to leave. They were moved.

Laura Ingram moved out quick; she was among the first out. Dr. Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention expected to walk out early and didn’t.

We spoke to Blankley. He was surprised at Stone’s movie, “Good, True, Patriotic, Religious.”

Kate O’Beirne from Nation Review was a bit more skeptical about Oliver Stone, “His other movies don’t sell, nobody goes to them. So he made this to appeal — to sell. He wants to make money.”

And so he will. You must see how Stone can make a movie with Jesus, yes Him, without a smirk. Mel Gibson can do Passion, sure. But Oliver Stone?

Better check the temperature in Hell. The impossible has happened. Oliver is redeemed.

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World Trade Center

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The movie will be theaters August 9, 2006

Special thanks to Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President of Creative Response Concepts, who coordinated the event for Paramount Pictures.

More on the movie at the jump.

The Raw Story has more. Read the Comments, liberals still believe “9/11 was an inside job no doubt.” And my favorite, “Hey cons, Jesus says watch this film or you’ll go to hell.”

You're Invited! Lecture on the Imaginative World of C. S. Lewis

March 29, 2006 | By | No Comments

Cross Post from Jack Yoest. Who lifted shamelessly from the Jollyblogger.

This is a cat.

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Aslan’s on the move

For all of you who live in the Baltimore and Washington DC area I want to invite you to an event at our church this Thursday night featuring author and C. S. Lewis Scholar Art Lindsley. Here’s the announcement from the church:

C. S. Lewis has found a new generation of fans with the overwhelming success of the movie adaptation of his book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

You are invited to a lecture and a dessert discussing C. S. Lewis and the importance of the imagination in his life and writings.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2006

Time: 7:00 — 9:00pm

Location: Glen Burnie Evangelical Presbyterian Church

710 Aquahart Rd, Glen Burnie, MD

For more info: 410-766-5363 or office@gbepc.org

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Arthur Lindsley, Ph.DOur Speaker

Arthur W. Lindsley, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow — C. S. Lewis Institute

Art Lindsley has served at the C.S. Lewis Institute since 1987. Formerly, he was Director of Educational Ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, and Staff Specialist with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. He is the author of the books True Truth and C. S. Lewis’s Case for Christ and is the co-author of the book Classical Apologetics along with R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner. He has written numerous articles on theology, apologetics, C.S. Lewis, and the lives and works of many other authors and teachers. Art earned his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

I hope you can come!

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Westerns Worth Watching!

January 4, 2006 | By | 10 Comments

I enjoy posting about movies on this blog because of the great comments from you-all, my fellow movie-lovers. One of the leading movie commenters on this blog is Pat Patterson, who wrote today with recommendations for alternatives to a-certain-movie-about-cowboys. As a completely unreformed childhood reader of Zane Grey, I’m going to have to add these to the “must-see/re-see” list.

So without further ado, I give you Pat’s list of Westerns Worth Watching:

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The Searchers-Wayne’s character pretty much exhibits most of the Biblical sins. He refuses to acknowledge the end of the war by obeying a legitimate order. He is a racist, a misogynist, a thief and even a would-be adulterer. Yet when he rises above these evils, he surprisingly receives neither grace nor redemption. He ultimately did the right thing selflessly.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales-The flipside of The Searchers in that Josey is a brutal murderer but achieves redemption by making a family out of all the elements that Wayne’s character was intent on destroying.

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High Noon-The struggle between duty and matrimony (I have to admit when I saw this one in the theater I thought Cooper was nuts for not leaving with Grace Kelly).

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Red River-Another Wayne film where his character had become embittered by loss and leads a surrogate family simply by theft and brute force. He becomes more of a man by surrendering some of his authority and being reconciled with his adopted son.

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Tom Horn-Not a great film, but certainly one of the best McQueen did in the few years he had left. Horn was a murderer for hire, working for cattle interests to keep homesteaders off open range. A more contemporary film would have shown Horn as simply a thug, but in the guise of a Western he becomes the iconic loner framed against the setting sun. This film, I think, forces the viewer to judge whether to admire a sympathetic and familiar figure that is revealed to be the antithesis of the honorable and honest cowboy.

Thanks Pat!

Any others we need to add to the list?

Brokeback Update

December 29, 2005 | By | 10 Comments

My prediction was that Brokeback Mountain “wouldn’t make it to New Years.” So, just checkin’ in. How’s it doing?

Brokeback Mountain hopped along in limited release, roping $3 million over the four-day weekend at 217 locations. The $14 million cowboy love story averaged $13,599 a site, still sturdy but considerably cooled from its first two weeks with the addition of more suburban locales. With $7.9 million in the till, distributor Focus Features will expand the picture slightly for New Year’s weekend before an aggressive addition of about 80 markets on Jan. 6.

Still trying to sell that “average per site” schtick. Well, I guess we’ll see how that “agressive addition” of 80 markets works out for them.

The way I read the bottom line is that they are still only barely over halfway toward breaking even. . . on a movie that cost only $14 mill to make.

Brokeback Mountain — the Critics vs. the Box Office

December 10, 2005 | By | 29 Comments

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How much do I wish I had had a wager on this one. Cold, hard cash on the line. ‘Cause you could see this one coming a mile away.

NEWS FLASH!! Brokeback Mountain “tops L.A. crix pix,” says Variety.com. The movie has won the award for best picture of 2005 from the L.A. Film Critics Association.

Well of course! Cue the violins. It’s a story about “the enduring but thwarted love between two cowboys.”

But it’s not too late for an easy prediction: this movie will go down in flames at the box office. It won’t make it to the New Year.

Guarantee it. Critics will love it, but no one is going to spend money to go see it.

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Meanwhile, Narnia is sold out.

Friday box office for the Chronicles of Narnia — $23,900,000

Friday box office for Brokeback Mountain –$191,543

Aslan is on the move.

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Hat tip: Drudge.

Early Weekend, Movie Edition Part Two: Go See Zathura!

November 24, 2005 | By | No Comments

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We loved Zathura. This movie has great timing — for all of you parents who are wrestling with the bad reports coming out about the new Harry Potter: take the kids to see Zathura.

It’s a great movie about sibling rivalry. Not that we have any of that around here. No siree, not the Penta-Posse. . .

(Stop hitting your brother!)

Last weekend we were looking for a way to lighten spirits after the Hurricane Heartbreak, and we were thrilled to discover this movie. Even Jack and I were entertained.

One caution: the effects are so good that the “flesh-eating” giant lizards, amongst other things, were a little intense for the two little guys.

But here was a favorite moment:

An evil robot is threatening Walter and Danny, the two little boys who have been transported, inside their house, into outer space.

Our five-year-old, the Dancer, is sitting on Jack’s lap, sucking her thumb and watching intently.

The robot gets ejected from the house out into space, and one of the boys says, onscreen, “The robot is gone!”

Moments later, of course, the robot manages to return with a big, loud, scary swoosh.

Dancer removes her thumb and says plainly for all to hear: “Or not.”

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Early Weekend, Movie Edition Part One: Top Spiritual Movies

November 23, 2005 | By | 2 Comments

If you are anything like me, Thanksgiving might be less about the turkey. . . and more about the movies!

My brother and his wife arrived in the wee hours last night, and we are already discussing the movie rentals.

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Spiritually Significant?!?

It looks like my friend Joe Carter over at Evangelical Outpost is on that same wavelength, with a list of 50 “spiritually significant films.”

It’s a really interesting list and lots of my favorites show up. Still, call me a philistine, Joe, but I could NOT make it through your Number 7, Three Colors: Blue, White, Red, by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

(So maybe now is not the time to admit that the number one rental on our list for this weekend is Herbie?)

How ’bout your favorites readers? Spiritually significant, or otherwise. . .

Saturday Night at the Movies. . .

August 27, 2005 | By | 14 Comments

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One Hit Wonder?

Last Saturday night I reviewed the movie Alexander, declaring it:

“Worst. Movie. Ever.”

These three words convicted me, in the estimation of Downtown Lad, of clearly evident homophobia.

Others, however, agreed with me. And, believe me, if you haven’t seen Alexander, the whole gay thing pales in significance to the painful dialogue and tedious plot development.

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Andy and Larry Wachowski

Anyhoo. In the comments, I asked: Why do people keep giving Oliver Stone money to make movies? And reader Pat Patterson responded with a fun and interesting list of similar directors — those who have coasted their entire careers on one good movie.

So, for this Saturday night, here’s Pat’s list of Hollywood’s One Hit Wonders:

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Paul Verhoeven-Soldier of Orange,

Robert Rodriguez-El Marachi,

The Wachowski Brothers-The Matrix (not the sequels),

Robert Altman-MASH,

Woody Allen-Annie Hall,

John Singleton-Boyz in the Hood,

Oliver Stone-Platoon,

David Lynch-Blue Velvet,

Michael Cimino-The Deer Hunter

Nora Ephron-Sleepless in Seattle

So Nora Ephron is an interesting one. . . I was going to argue and say, “But what about ‘When Harry Met Sally?’ But clever! She wrote that one, not directed it. Still, there is “You’ve Got Mail.”

Okay. I know. It’s a chick flick. But it wasn’t that bad. I’m not going to the mat on it though. . .

David Lynch. Have to tell you: could not even make it through Blue Velvet. The appeal escaped me.

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And Paul Verhoeven. Wondering if anyone will want to argue for Basic Instinct? (Total Recall, even??) Looks like I need to rent Soldier of Orange.

So weigh in. Want to defend any of these guys? Add any others?