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The Lion, The Witch, and The What?


I finally took the family to “Narnia” last night, and it was very well done. Too bad it will certainly be ignored by Oscar. It only makes it funnier that last week, I caught on tape a movie critics’ panel (including critics from Time, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Entertainment Weekly) on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” that aired December 21. They spent an hour on the year in movies, and no one there ever once mentioned “Narnia.”

They started with “Munich,” bashing conservative critics who haven’t seen it. They discussed Clooney’s two liberal movies, and praised his “use of celebrity” for serious political films. They discussed “Brokeback Mountain” in a cheerleading circle. They chewed over “Memoirs of a Geisha.” They even discussed obscure movies they liked, from the Italian film “The Best of Youth” to Rip Torn’s performance in “Forty Shades of Blue.”

Near the end of the show, Charlie Rose asked, “Have I mentioned any, missed any Christmas movies?” Then they remembered to discuss “King Kong.” More on the unanimously liberal PBS culture chat here.


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