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A New Year’s Nightmare!

An OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER'S HOME THEATRE Special

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A short write-up today for New Year’s, courtesy of a haunted New Year’s long-since passed! Without further ado, then, the most terrifying, and certainly the spookiest, turn-of-the-year legend yet committed to film… THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921, AB Svensk Filmindustri, dir. Victor Sjöström) The last person to die on the last day of the year must […]

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A Christmas Movie Advent Calendar: The 25th!

An OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER'S HOME THEATRE Special

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Intro. Merry Christmas, movie fans! Up today, my list ends the only way it could with my childhood heroes battling wits with a bald, mustachioed, angry Scotsman who distinctly lacks a sense of holiday cheer… So the pair in question proceed to shove it down his throat. Enjoy! A Christmas Movie Advent Calendar 25th: BIG […]

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A Christmas Movie Advent Calendar: 22nd – 24th

An OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER'S HOME THEATRE Special

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Intro. Lovely and comforting Christmas choices round out our Movie Advent Calendar for 2014, with a Swedish family celebration giving way to two definitive screen adaptations (that actually do its famous source material justice) before settling on what is, for many, The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever Made. Stay tuned, and I’ll be back on Thursday […]

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A Christmas Advent Calendar: 19th – 21st

An OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER'S HOME THEATRE Special

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Intro. More very off-the-beaten path selections for today’s Movie Advent Calendar selections, starting off with a Christmas memory that signals the end of the British empire(!), then going 800 years into the past for a particularly un-merry holiday celebration, before ending on two heavy-hitting moral conundrums ’round the holidays… Provocative Christmas fare lies tantalizingly ahead for […]

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Film Review: Annie

New version shortchanges the music in the musical

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I am an Annie fan from way back.  The musical opened on Broadway in 1977 and although I never saw the stage production, the soundtrack album featuring Andrea McArdle got heavy play at my house.  I was in high school by the time the first screen version of Annie came out in 1982 featuring the […]

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Film Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

A fun farewell for the series and for Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney

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When director Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller discussed their plans for Night at the Museum, the plan was to end it after the 3rd installment.  With the new release, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, this series is drawing to a close.  Shawn Levy has said that this film was “always going to […]

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Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson's epic 6th film in Middle Earth brings the series to a fitting conclusion

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The Hobbit has certainly had an uneven track record compared to its more sure-footed companion films, The Lord of the Rings.  Where The Lord of the Rings was anchored firmly in the characters and history of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic series, The Hobbit films have been a mixed bag.  In many ways, The Hobbit was […]

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A Christmas Movie Advent Calendar: 16th – 18th

An OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER'S HOME THEATRE Special

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Intro. Some of my darkest selections comprise today’s 16th – 18th places on our Movie Advent Calendar, along with my personal choice for “best ever Christmas-themed romance”. Well, this hard ol’ heart o’ mine may not be melting quite yet regarding the usual sticky and sentimental holiday fare, but when you’ve got David Lynch, “joyful” state-sponsored terror, and Jack […]

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Reel Theology: Exodus: Gods and Kings

How is Hollywood missing the point of faith based films?

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In a ZekeFilm think-piece by Andrew Barber called “The Problem with Christian Films”, Christian filmmakers were taken to task for being either dishonest, or involved in a form of “egoistic castle-building”.  The article was picked up by the Gospel Coalition and caused a great debate about the sincerity of Christian filmmakers and their desire to […]