I enjoy Ridley Scott's movies. He often produces real "guy" movies—heavy on testosterone, heroics, swordplay, courage, and big finishes that resolve classic conflicts between good and evil. I admire his subtle attacks on systemic injustice and his celebration of strong, heroic women. I appreciate his portrayal of deeply flawed heroes, who ultimately succeed not because of their leadership skills but rather their integrity, self-sacrifice for the common good, and commitment to truth. Gods and Kings follows in much the same vein.
In short, it's a very good movie. It's a well-filmed, visual treat (the 3D version is worth the extra expense) with strong performances by the actors. The subject should be an "epic" picture and gives a valiant effort to be.
Here's the big miss: When will a moviemaker demonstrate the confidence or courage to tell the actual stories these biblical movies are titled after? more >>
David Oyelowo offered insightful observations of not only his "Selma" character, Martin Luther King Jr., but of the state of race relations today during a recent interview.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, "Selma" has already generated Oscar buzz on top of receiving four Golden Globe nominations, four Satellite Awards nominations, and a Spirit Award nod. Just six months ago, while the film was being shot in Montgomery, Al., The Christian Post caught up Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) on the set of the film. There, the Golden Globe-nominated actor revealed his careful research on the leader of the African-American Civil Rights movement. First, Oyelowo pointed at that the powerful movement, including the march from Selma to Montgomery, was stemmed in Christianity.
"Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Hosea Williams- all of these people were leaders in their own right, it wasn't a coincidence that they were reverends either," the actor told CP at the time. "It was a Christian movement. It was amazing not only because it was [pointing out] the hypocrisy of America but also Christians. It really challenged people's spirit and hearts and what they really believed; how could you be Christian and treat other people that way? I think it was a combination of the two, political strategy and understanding what advocacy could do, and then understanding that there were men and women of faith trying to appeal to the hearts of others to reflect on what they believed in." more >>
Ridley Scott's epic film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," based loosely on the story of the biblical Moses, was already under fire for the casting of white actors in lead roles in recent weeks. Now, critics who have seen the film have roundly ridiculed, and in some cases dismissed it as offensive in several scathing reviews.
In a biting one star review under a headline dismissing Christian Bale's portrayal of Moses as "God-Awful," the New York Post's Lou Lumenick trashed the 144-minute film as a train-wreck sure to offend not just Christians, but Jews and Muslims alike.
"Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'' is an utterly clueless, relentlessly grim and rambling action epic guaranteed to displease devout Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, amuse atheists — and generally bore everyone," writes Lumenick. more >>
Ridley Scott's latest blockbuster "Exodus: Gods and Kings" starring Christian Bale packs infinite special effects and striking cinematography, but the story itself fails to engage the viewer.
The latest blockbuster from 20th Century Fox opens with a stunning scene of an epic battle between ancient Egyptians and the Hittites in which Moses (Bale) saves the life of his "brother" Rhamses (Joel Edgerton). However, with so little mentioned in the Bible about a brotherhood between the pair, compounded by the vague emphasis in the film on their bond, the relationship feels forced and fails to connect them for the viewer.
Together with a weak script full of misplaced dialogue, casting for the film was also askew. Scott has come under fire for being racially insensitive since every lead actor in "Exodus" is white. The director aptly pointed to the business side of filmmaking, hinting that big-name actors ensure ticket sales. Regardless of who is to blame, casting is the biggest downfall of the film. more >>
"Annie" star Quvenzhané Wallis scored her first-ever Golden Globe nomination on Thursday and she is the youngest actress nominated this year for the prestigious award.
The 11-year-old child star, who made her mark in Hollywood via "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012), is nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy film for her lead role in the highly anticipated film. The Golden Globes recognizes excellence in film and television and the 72nd annual awards show will be held on Jan 11, 2015.
"Every kid doesn't get Jamie Foxx to come up to them and say 'congratulations' on your nomination," Wallis told ET of her nomination. "So I feel like it's really special … being with all these great actresses, it's kind of special to be able to be in their category." more >>
World War II Hero Louis Zamperini wanted Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" to reach everyone and not just Christians, as he hoped that ultimately his remarkable life story would deliver the message of Christ to people of all faiths.
The forthcoming film, slated for release in the U.S. on Christmas Day, is a war drama about the late Zamperini's phenomenal journey as an Olympian runner-turned-American World War II prisoner of war survivor. It is based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
"He had a very specific philosophy about this film. If Jesus Christ came up in the film, if that was the message specifically, that it would be a film made for Christians and other people may not want to see it if they're not ready to have that message," Zamperini's daughter Cynthia Garris said at a press conference in New York last week. more >>