The Corner

Movie Geeks Preview The Passion

From an e-mailer:

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this yet or not, but Harry Knowles over at the Ain’t It Cool News website had his 5th annual Butt-Numb-a-Thon film festival over the weekend. It’s a fest that goes 24+ hours straight (over 28 hours this time, I believe).

Anyway, I’m no huge fan of Harry’s, but he seems to have scored a coup for this one. They had Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens there at the festival to show “Return of the King” (and for Q&A), but despite the extremely high “geek quotient” of the festival’s attendees, that apparently wasn’t the highlight of the night.

Mel Gibson screened “The Passion of the Christ” and had a 90 minute Q&A session afterwards, and so far the reactions have been VERY positive. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that particular movie has been screened for movie geeks. It is very interesting indeed to read comments about the movie from people who are almost self-consciously irreligious. The reactions so far seem to be universal in their high regard for the movie as a work of art. It’s also interesting to read a couple of the “nuts and bolts” types of decisions that Mel Gibson is still wrestling with, such as whether or not to use CGI effects to make Jesus’ eyes brown instead of the actor’s natural blue.

Here are a couple of relevant links:



NB: The Talkback message boards below each of the reviews are never for the faint of heart or the easily offended. In fact, the second review linked above is itself quite profane, though respectful of the material nonetheless.

Most Popular

Film & TV

In Unsane, Aetna Meets Kafka

Unsane doesn’t take the form of a horror film; at first, it appears to be a Hitchcockian thriller about mistaken identity or perhaps getting ensnared in a web of bureaucracy. Yet with clinical detachment it develops into a nerve-flaying story almost too agonizing to endure. Unlike most horror movies, it isn’t ... Read More

Viva l’Italia?

Italy has just had elections, with very interesting results. I wanted to talk with Alberto Mingardi, which I have. He is one of the leading classical liberals in Italy -- the director general of the Bruno Leoni Institute, in Milan. (Mingardi himself is Milanese.) He is also an authority in arts and letters. In ... Read More

Putin and the Cult of Leadership

On Sunday, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin won an unsurprising reelection-campaign victory against Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, by a margin of 76.7 percent to 11.8 percent. The results were unsurprising because Putin is a tyrant who murders or imprisons political rivals, and who isn’t afraid to use ... Read More

Trump and Brexit Derangement Syndrome

I am not one of those Brexiteers who believe that Brexit and Trumpism are essentially the same phenomenon in two different countries. To be sure, they both draw on some of the same political trends, notably a distrust of elites and an upsurge of popular anger over evident failures of public policy such as illegal ... Read More

Stand Up to Putin

President Putin’s landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election was achieved against the lackluster competition of a group of mediocre candidates from which the sole serious opponent had been excluded; amid plausible allegations that his security services had tried to poison two Russians in England by ... Read More