Wednesday, January 26, 2005

More about movies

The 10 Most Redeeming Films

Via Sherry at Semicolon: Christianity Today's 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2004.

Sorry to say, I've just seen two of them: The Passion of the Christ and Spiderman 2.

I actually just saw Spiderman 2 with my daughter the other night, and absolutely loved it. Tobey Maguire is a wonderful actor--his emotions play out so beautifully on that cute, sweet face of his.

Good to see that Hotel Rwanda, which is getting a good share of Oscar recognition, is considered a redeeming film by Christianity Today: "Like Schindler's List, it's a sobering story. But it is also inspiring. It reminds us how evil rises incrementally, and how vigilant we must be in order to resist it. It stirs us to show courageous mercy, to err on the side of urgent love rather than hesitate and pay the price."

I've been wanting to see Finding Neverland and The Incredibles. Can anyone comment on these (or any of the other "redeeming films") for me?

"Passion's" composer is thankful for the Oscar nod...

AP's Religion Roundup reports today that "The Passion of the Christ's" score composer, John Debney, is pleased with his Oscar nomination, saying he's "very happy for Mel," and pointing out that Mel Gibson didn't take out ads soliciting Oscar nominations: "The fact that it's gotten three nominations
bodes very well for the academy and being able to sort of look at
the work as professional work."

"Passion" was nominated for best cinematography, makeup and original score.

And yes, there WAS a surprise in the Oscar nominations...

Contrary to my post title yesterday, there was a surprising absence in the Oscar nominations.

Scott of The Crusty Curmudgeon rightly points out in my comments section: "Actually, there was one Oscar surprise: nothing for Fahrenheit 9/11, which has been the darling of all the other competitions this year."

You know, that is pretty amazing.

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