Friday, May 26, 2006

DaVinci what? and the release of X3


Well as everyone probably knows, The DaVinci Code hit theaters last weekend, but to surprisingly weak reviews. The thriller based on Dan Brown's mega-hit, best-selling novel has been complained of as to slow, and it certainly isn't the best script Tom Hanks has ever had to work with. The score by Hans Zimmer is incredible, and overall the film is alright, but certainly not what everyone expected from the 40 million + copies sold novel.
Talks are nonetheless already underway for the adaptation of Angels and Demons, a prequel to The DaVinci Code, to the big screen.
DaVinci also seems to be passing by rather quietly on the controversy front as well. Any viewers who have read the novel will note several distinct changes in the film from Brown's original vision, be it in the 'historic' details, the actual film's plot, or just in the characters themselves. Robert Langdon(Tom Hanks) is a fine example of the latter, as the professor transforms from a silent supporter of Teabing's anti-Christian and anti-church theories in the novel to an outspoken critic of his facts and his ideas in the film. An interesting change, and one can't help but wonder what motivation the film-makers had for it.

Hollywood's latest blockbuster offering however is receiving a warmer reception from critics: X-Men: The Last Stand(a.k.a. X-Men 3). Christianity Today's review can be found here. It's a great addition to the now X-Men trilogy, and will certainly dominate the box office this weekend despite The DaVinci Code.

Nance

Saturday, May 13, 2006

thehungersite.com

I've added a link to the hunger site to the blog. If you're now wondering what exactly the hunger site is...
What is The Hunger Site?
The Hunger Site is the world's first online activism site. It gives Internet users the daily opportunity to quickly make a difference in the fight to end hunger. In less than 5 seconds, visitors can click on the "Give Free Food" button and, at no cost to them, send food to the hungry in countries like Bosnia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Honduras, Mozambique, Eritrea and the United States - anywhere there's a need. To date, more than 150 million visitors have clicked to give more than 14,000 metric tons of food (almost 250 million cups of food) to the world's hungry. The staple food is paid for by The Hunger Site sponsors and distributed by America's Second Harvest and Mercy Corps. The site's grassroots popularity has been recognized with prestigious Web awards in the activism category -- the 2000 Cool Site of the Year Award and the People's Voice winner at the 2000 Webby Awards.

Essentially, their daily sponsors give money towards world hunger based on the number of folks who visit the site and click one link. So, by visiting the link daily you can support efforts to alleviate world hunger.
Check it out.

-N

Friday, May 12, 2006

perhaps DaVinci will see fewer boycotts than expected

The anticipation is building, because this is the last weekend before Ron Howard's The DaVinci Code with Tom Hanks will hit theaters.
The big issue in the church of late has been how to respond to this film. Some(myself included) are opting for an 'engaging the culture' strategy, discussing the film and getting people to acknowledge the issue; others are going with the old faithful stategy of boycotting. Or if they'd like to be really clever, "othercotting". However the latter may not be as prevelant a response as you'd think.
Comparing TDC to the Martin Scorsese 1980s film with Willem DeFoe The Last Temptation of Christ, Michael Licona, director of apologetics and interfaith evangelism for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, says this:
"I think we made a mistake back then," he says. "I think we communicated that we're not interested in having critical discussions-that if you mention Jesus in a negative way, we're just going to pick up our ball and go home."


For more of the article, check it out at Christianity Today.

-N

Thursday, May 04, 2006

EXTRA: Star Wars news worth blogging


I don't normally have two posts in one day, heck, I'm lucky to have two a week, but I thought this was important enough to share:

This September: Original Unaltered Trilogy on DVD

Star Wars purists around the world cry out in excitement, astonishment, and poor Chewbacca impersonations. Good-bye Hayden Christensen, hello Sebastian Shaw; Han shoots first, no more Gungans, and Boba Fett doesn't have to remind us of Attack of the Clones any more.
The original, unadulterated(as I like to say) Star Wars Trilogy, as it appeared in the 1977, 1980, and 1983 theatrical releases, will come to DVD for a limited time September 12th of this year and will be available through New Year's.
And in case you're skeptical, thinking that perhaps this report was fabricated, Lucasfilm is pulling an April Fools joke in the wrong month, or are just flabbergasted that GL is doing something right for once, then you can calm your anxieties and read about it here, here, here, and here as well.

-N

C. S. Lewis says... quite literally

BBC, the original broadcasters of Jack Lewis's Mere Christianity radio talks during WWII, have added a couple of audio recordings of Lewis to their site for anyone to listen to. They include one of Lewis's war talks, Beyond Personality: The New Men, and the introduction to his The Great Divorce.
I have a cassette recording of Lewis narrating his book The Four Loves, and I always thought it was great to hear these works from the mouth of the man himself. Plus he has such a great accent!
Check them out at the article from Christianity Today above linked, or at BBC right here.

-N

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

CT's interview with Hoodwinked director

Hoodwinked hits DVD today, and to kind of support the release, Christianity Today has done an interview with the film's director, Cory Edwards.
I haven't seen the movie yet, although I really want to--it looks hilarious--but the interview was pretty interesting, so I thought I'd go ahead and share.

-N