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Is Jesus-porn Blasphemy?

Yes. Whew, that was easy. Wait, are we talking about the phrase, or that storytelling crutch and addiction I talked about the other day? I’ve received various emails, and followed Facebook conversations in the wake of my Courageous analysis (I’m…

Jesus-Porn Defined

Based on private comments in response to my Courageous analysis, it may be necessary to define the term “Jesus-porn.”    Let me say at the outset, my intention is not to denigrate any film maker or movie in particular, but to…

Courageous. Yeah, kinda…

Courageous. Yeah, kinda…

The latest, and most watchable of the Sherwood Baptist’s movies, revolves around men desiring to be better fathers.  It’s not a great film, but it does contain all the “Jesus-porn” you’d expect, along with some truly funny gags, workman-like action…

A New Window of Technology

Why am I blogging this?  This isn’t about screenwriting! But it is. We imagine, and it becomes reality…  Some day.  Sometimes things exist only in theory or on the silver screen, like socialist utopias.  Other things are just a matter…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I love spy movies.  I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t.  And this is John le Carré!  The spy master’s big story on the big screen. So why did I have to drive 22 miles to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? …

Script Cops: McKee Sting

These guys are starting to play hardball with writers.  But they did have it coming.  See the video here: http://vimeo.com/7015951 Tragic really.  Writers so addicted to the rush of script seminars, to some guru’s biting analytical approach, willing to sit…

Friends… with Lateral Benefits

Friends With Benefits comes out on DVD/Blueray today.  Not that you should get it — in fact, you shouldn’t.  It’s crass, mean-spirited, promotes the division of sexuality from emotions even while it’s theme expresses the opposite, and perhaps the worst…

Anonymous: Analysis

Anonymous: Analysis

Ah, historical revisionism.  My favorite.   And Anonymous tackles one of history’s greatest “what if” conspiracies: was William Shakespeare (WS) NOT the writer of his plays? The movie is daring, engaging and the acting is top notch, but it will probably…

Harry Potter: The Final Analysis

In the realm of children’s literature, The Harry Potter series has almost no equal.  It has gotten millions of children to open books in a culture of movies, video games and pornography.  So well done. I didn’t read the books. …

Atlas Shrugged and so did I

Atlas Shrugged and so did I

I’ve been hearing a lot of internet buzz about Atlas Shrugged Part I, that Hollywood panned it because of a liberal agenda, or that the production quality wasn’t good enough, or that the acting was stilted.  Wrong. The real reason…