Movie Poster: The Body Snatcher

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Movie Trailer: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

I had to look up what the heck the "Toynbee Tiles" were and found an article on

I don't see what the big deal here.  Someone is pasting tiles in Philadelphia and others picked up the meme.   They're nonsensical.  Okay?  And?

The fact that someone would make a movie like this, let alone become obsessed by the tiles is interesting to me in itself and makes me want to at least check the film out. 

Weekly Culture Quote

So enjoy legal pop culture, but don’t forget that no matter how trashy, inaccurate and even downright ridiculous it often appears to be, it always affects those who consume it. Whether we like it or not, we must take that impact into account in the way we conduct ourselves as lawyers.

From How I Learned to Litigate at the Movies 

A Movie You Might Have Missed: Requiem for a Heavyweight

Reviewer: Scott Nehring

A gripping character drama penned by Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) tells the story of Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn), a haggard aging boxer whose career is over and health is on the decline. Mountain is booted out of professional boxing due to the discovery that his failed health leaves him so fragile that one punch may kill him. Urged on by his manipulating manager Maish (Jackie Gleason), Mountain faces the world with his broken and beaten body and slow mind.

PhotobucketQuinn gives Mountain a rawness that captivates and pulls off what could have been a cartoonish performance. With his bulbous face and scrambled elocution, Mountain could have been annoying to watch, but Quinn’s delicate handling makes him sympathetic. Gleason is perfectly cast as the sleazy manager. His belligerent persona mixes well with the script. Gleason’s adept performance conveys a man desperate to squeeze the last drops from his friend, but is quietly tormented by his sinful act.

I always felt that Serling has been under appreciated.  This film shows him at the top of his game. It may take a little to find a copy of this movie but I guarantee you it is well worth the search.

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YouTube Find: President Barack Obama's First Ad of 2012

The graphic at the end is worth the price of admission.

Movie Trailer: A Dangerous Method

We have Freud and Jung in all of their intellectual goofiness caught up in a sex scandal.  Usually, this kind of film, in particular with some of the imagery shown in this trailer (it contains some sexual content), sets off red flags in my mind and I prepare for the worst.  What is pausing me from making any assumptions is that this comes from David Cronenberg.  Yes, he was a crap merchant in his early career (The Fly, Videodrome, Rage, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers) but as of late he has been on a brilliant streak (History of Violence, Eastern Promises).  Cronenberg, although attracted to rough content, has shown that he is a great director.  Hopefully, this film will continue his chain of great works.

Movie Quote: Laura (1944)

Waldo Lydecker
In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.

Movie News: The Economics of Screenwriting

The Economics of Screenwriting - The Artful Writer - It's an art AND a business |

My opinion, if you want to make money writing screenplays, write them in your spare time and hold down a real job.  If you're determined, perhaps you should check out this insightful article over at The Artful Writer: The Economics of Screenwriting.

Movie Trailer: Hugo

Well, it certainly is pretty.

Screenshot: Attack the Block


Repost: Get Low (2009)

Reviewer: Scott Nehring

***Originally posted May 4th, 2011***

Get Low Movie ReviewDirector: Aaron Schneider
Written by: Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell
Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black

Rated PG-13 for mild violence and content

Robert Duvall portrays Felix Bush, a ratty old hermit living in the Tennessee backwoods. Felix is a cantankerous old fart who has remained a local legend for years, inspiring fear from the townspeople. Prompted the death of another hermit, Felix decides that he would like to attend his own wake and hear the fantastic stories the townspeople have created about his solitary life.

Felix turns to Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), a smarmy funeral director, to organize the event. Frank and his employee Buddy (Lucas Black) struggle to satisfy the impatient old coot. As the day of the event nears, the secret that has driven Felix's life slowly begins to emerge.

If you enjoy watching talented actors playing to their strengths, you have found your movie. Duvall is brilliant in the role of Felix and plays him with a detail and depth that I do not think many other actors could achieve. Yes, we have seen shades of Felix in other performances by Duvall, but with the exception of his turn as Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey in The Apostle, this is easily his best performance in his late career. Duvall has taken supporting roles for nearly a decade and in this production he offers a reminder of just how riveting he can be. Seriously, where was his Oscar nomination?

Opposite Duvall is Bill Murray pulling out a muted version of his usual schtick. Murray doesn't overact or play the comedy too hard, but his persistent biting sarcasm is there. His eye-rolling mixes perfectly with Duvall's snarling curmudgeon. The pair's chemistry makes this film a quite enjoyable, albeit slow moving, gem.

The story is an interesting look at the price of living not in sin, but with sin. Felix is a guilty man and tormented by his past. He has allowed his sin to overtake his life and has isolated himself from the rest of humanity. He is left alone rubbing his sin like a worn down worry stone unable to grow as a person, unable to reach out to others. He is a sad old man.

At one point he explains "They keep talking about forgiveness. "Ask Jesus for forgiveness." I never did nothing to him." His misunderstanding of the point of Christ's sacrifice and that indeed he DID do something to Him is an important point. Without His forgiveness man is condemned to live much like Felix did, alone and trapped in an isolating guilt, sentenced by our own conscious.

The film ends with a moderately written monologue expertly delivered by Duvall. Felix reveals the root of his guilt and submits it to the townspeople for judgment. Having expelled the secret sin from his heart, Felix can finally be put to rest. Again, I return to the quote above, if he had known how to submit it to Christ his moment of freedom would have come far earlier.

Ultimately, this is a tale of untended sin and the results of man trying to take on his condemnation alone. From a Christian point-of-view there is plenty issues to ponder following this film and makes it well worth seeing at least once. Even if you're not a Christian, this is still worthy of your attention for the moving performances, strong cinematography and amusing dialog.

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It's Not The Audience's Fault

By Wayne Johnson

“It is from knowing what are the general feelings and passions of mankind, that we acquire a true idea of what imagination is.” - Sir Joshua Reynolds

Often times I find it difficult to communicate to my fellow artists and students the importance of observing humanity, the importance of seeing the world through the people in it. Often times artists of every craft find themselves stuck inside their own bubble of existence only observing themselves. Never thinking of general experiences of people, only specific, subjective experiences of ones self.

This internal retrospective of the subjective can be helpful but can only be communicated when a general consensus of the feeling or passion can be shared and experienced with most of the people most of the time. What has happened in the arts is a self-centered subjective view of the world that is almost completely disconnected with the audience. As a matter of fact, the audience is often times not even a concern of the artist!

Creating works of film or imagery and music that has only the appeal to the self has put the arts in such a state today that the audience itself has been robbed of any true growth. The audience sense regarding taste in the arts has been so dulled that they are responding to the most simplistic works of spectacle.

Take the Movie Theater of the 21st century. The majority of the films that the audience encounters on any given day are simplistic, broad, half hearted vulgar displays of shock and awe. No depth or consideration to the depth of human passion and experiences are worked into a thought-provoking plot, only tired dry and dead cliches own the screen.

The artist has retreated so far into self and has built a stage for their work with only a seat in the audience for self. The audience cannot relate to any of the avant-garde work because the audience was not brought along into the experience. They have been left by the wayside and forgotten about by the artist. The audience’s sense and vision has dulled, they have not been stimulated with anything of real worth or value in so long that they have to be shown true truth, fresh and new again. The lack of interest and depth in the audience is not the fault of the audience. It is the fault of the artist!

The artist of the 20th century has done such a disservice to the arts that they have all but completely eliminated anything that resembles real truthful expression that speaks to most of the people most of the time.

The blatant ignoring of Reynolds statement: “What has please, and continues to please, is likely to please again: hence are derived the rules of art, and on this immovable foundation they must ever stand.” Has put the arts into such a state as to be almost dead.

The arts are given to us to show people more. To shock them out of their humdrum days and to show them the things that makes life worth living. But the artist of the last 100 years has given us only despair, hatred, horror, anger, propaganda, torture and disrespect for humanity in general. Most is nothing more than Nihilism of self.

The artist of today believes in nothing, values nothing, mocks everything anyone holds dear and curses their existence. The artist today is nothing more then a rotten, tired and twisted wretch that stands on no foundation!

We have better get to making real art! We have well get on with our responsibility to address our audience with what they are in fact craving! The apatite of the mind is for TRUTH!

We should at the very least heed Reynolds when he says:
“A picture should please at first sight, and appear to invite the spectator’s attention: if on the contrary the general effect offends they eye, a second view is not always sought, whatever more substantial and intrinsic merit it may possess.

Perhaps no apology ought to be received for offenses committed against the vehicle (whether it be the organ of seeing or of hearing) by which our pleasures are conveyed to the mind. We must take care that the eye be not perplexed and distracted by a confusion of equal parts, or equal lights, or offended by an inharmonious mixture of colors, as we should guard against offending the ear by inharmonious sounds." -Reynolds

I challenge the artists of today and tomorrow to begin a new, and rediscover what it is to hold the responsibility of the arts. Take hold of the craft of their choosing and to engage the audience in a way that inspires them with the joy of life! Expose them to the possibilities of human existence! Share the wonders of our world and its people, and to crush the sick and twisted idea of Nihilism from their thoughts. But first, the Artist, must experience and value these things. And until we do, they will be lost to everyone.

Wayne's commentaries can also be found on his site New Discourses On Art.

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You Are What You See:
Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens

Movie Poster: Bell Book and Candle

Bell Book and Candle Movie Poster

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Movie Trailer: Heavy Times

Did someone pass a law that forces indie filmmakers to populate their films with detestable losers, wimps and depressed, slouching wastes of skin...or is this a result of similar types of folks actually making the movies themselves?

What's the call to see with this?  Hey, come spend some time with a bunch of guys you wouldn't want to hang out with in real life!  Heavy Times?  Heck, sounds like FUN TIMES!

Consider this moment.  It will probably be the only time you ever hear of this film.  One minute from now, you will have probably already forgotten it exists - and for good reason.

Movie Trailer: Paranormal Activity 3

They made another sequel to what?

Really?  Why bother?  Seriously, did you see the second one?  I'm seen student films that were - okay, okay, let's take a look...

Yawn...long sigh...looks at watch...shakes head.

Meh.  At least there won't be a forth.

Movie Trailer: Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Given that the central gag doesn't have enough steam to make it through the trailer, how does it last for a whole movie? 

Movie Poster: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Movie Poster

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Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens

Movie Trailer: Friends with Benefits

Friends with sexually transmitted disease and lingering, crushing shame.

Movie Trailer: 11-11-11

"I believe in God.  Along with that comes belief in the devil."  And along with the devil comes all kinds of idiotic theological nonsense that comes from people who don't believe in God.

This looks stupid on so many levels.  The marketing point that this comes from the director of Saw II, Saw III and and Saw IV should close the deal that this will stink on ice.  Seriously, "From the guy who brought you  a series of idiotic sequels you didn't see!", that's the selling point?

Movie Trailer: The Chaperone

A zany movie about a sweaty felon chaperoning a bus full of kids with Lisa Simpson.  Sounds like fun for the whole family...except that part where the lead is a felon, the kids are kidnapped and they impulsively tag an erection joke in at the end of the trailer. 

Movie Poster: Willow

Willow Movie Poster

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Movie Trailer: Restless

"I met a boy...he hallucinates and has at least one major mental disorder on top of that - he's different."
[a screwed up young woman who likes being around someone who is more deranged than she is so she can feel better about her cornucopia of flaws]

"Different is good"
[a reflexive claim of the dimwitted and lazy minded]

Who doesn't love watching the emotionally damaged blathering of Gus Van Sant.  She has three months to live.  I'm willing to bet by the time I sit through this thing I will have wish she only had three days.

Screenshot: The Ten Commandments


Movie Trailer: Underground: Awakening

"I was held captive for 12 years.  Luckily, they saved my skin tight clothes in a closet the whole time behind protective glass, cuz y'know, a latex body suit is soooo dangerous." 

I can't imagine that costume of her's breathes too well.  How rank must that thing be by the time they were doing with a day of shooting?  She plays the undead and smells like it.

Weekend DVD Recommendation: Babettes gæstebud "Babette's Feast" (1987)

Reviewer: Scott Nehring

Babettes FeastShould I see it?

Director: Gabriel Axel
Written by: Gabriel Axel
Starring: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspiel

Rated G

This should be a boring film. The greatest events in the film are internalized, the characters only speak when needed and the whole piece is symbolic. The story revolves around the lives of two deeply religious sisters who restrict their lives to serving their fellow man in the name of God. The two sisters and the citizens of their small, isolated Danish village sustain themselves on a pale diet of boiled fish and bread. They also survive on the memory of the sister’s dead father, a charismatic pastor who bonded the citizens of the village with teachings of Christian piety and sacrifice.

When a French woman named Babette arrives as a refugee from the French Revolution, the two sisters must adjust to the new addition in their lives. When Babette wins the French lottery and demands to spend her winnings serving a real French feast to the aging members of the community the world is turned upside down.

The introduction of pleasure into the village has some amazing results. With this timid plot in addition to the fact that this is non-English language film, most Americans will instinctively move on.

Don’t move on.

This is a beautiful movie and is another perfect example of how film is an art form to be used to move emotions and ignite the mind. It also proves that a story does not need insane plot twists, nudity or violence to be interesting. If a filmmaker takes care to develop characters with firmly set internal conflicts as director Gabriel Axel does in this story, the tale will excite the audience and speak to world.

This film handles Christian belief and theology with concern. The sacrifice of Christ informs each character in this story and raises each from their base selves. It is obvious when someone acts in a negative way in this film that they have taken a step away from Jesus. The handling of Christianity is rarely as endearing as in this film.

Babettes FeastBeyond the direct Christian elements, there are the scenes of Earthly pleasure. The massive feast Babette sets for the townsfolk is stunning. You can't watch the consumption of this meal without wanting to partake yourself. The presentation of the feast is perfectly delivered and defines indulgence.

Earlier in the film there is a scene of seduction that may be the most erotic scene of a man and woman fully dressed and just singing to one another. It is remarkable how much eroticism is produced in this scene simply by playing off a character’s desire NOT to be seduced and remain committed to Christ. These moments of pleasure are so effective because the characters are so restricted in their lives. By playing against the conflict inside the characters Axel is able to create such scenes of unforgettable excess using such simple visual tools.

If you haven’t seen this film, you must. Despite the subtitles, despite the quiet tone, this is a great film that inspires the audience into thought and filmmakers to produce higher quality works.

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YouTube Find: The History of Ernesto Che Guevara - A Short Story

Please share this with everyone you know who doesn't know better and thinks this guy is someone worth admiring.

Movie Trailer: Footloose

Ahhh, good ol' fashioned anti-Christian, pro-idiocy for a whole new generation.

This crap may have flew in the 80's but the central conceit of there being a town-wide ban on dancing is ridiculous today.  Perhaps if the anti-Christian messaging over the past 30 years hadn't been so successful it may still be reasonable to believe a town could be held to account in this fashion.

Of course, we're not talking about anything realistic here.  It's about a gaggle of small town kids who all can dance like trained professionals.  As I said, it is idiocy - just like the first film.  If this were based in reality the slutty preacher's daughter would end the story pregnant, unemployed with a raging case of genital warts.

Movie Trailer: The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson)

French always sounds like it's English being played backward. Perhaps it's just me.

Other than the obnoxiousness of having a child prattling out false wisdom, this doesn't look half bad.

Movie Poster: The Kid

The Kid Movie Poster

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Movie Trailer: The Interrupters

Unless you bring Christ into the situation nothing is going to change.  Without Him violence will not stop because it is the inevitable result of all other paths.

Just sayin'.

I think this is a compelling documentary - looking forward to seeing  if it delivers.

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