Thursday, October 9, 2008

NEWS: Free Documentary, The Avengers, and Jonah Hex...

Hey guys! I've had a busy day today, so I apologize for the late post. However, there is a bit of news, so here are your headlines..

- It looks like Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the hilarious guys behind Crank, have found a lead for the film that will follow up Crank 2 and the upcoming Gerard Butler film, Game, and it would be Josh Brolin. Reports have it that Brolin has been tapped to play Jonah Hex in the adaptation of the grimey western comic book of the same name...
- It looks as though the powers that be behind the Oscars will now be allowing Oscar exclusive film trailers during the broadcast....thoughts????
- I have the great pleasure of bringing you a really solid documentary, available for free download, from the senior editor of The Movie Blog, John Campea, and it's called, Prince of Peace;God of War...here's a synopsis...

How did the command to “Love Your Enemies” get so complicated? This was the question I had for years both when I was a minister in the church and ever since I left it. It seemed to me the religious right, more a political force than anything else, who embraced policies of violence, killing and destruction, all in the name of a God they claimed to follow seemed to be at odds with the teachings of the founder of their faith.

For the first three centuries that the church existed, those belonging to the faith of Christianity understood the words and example of Jesus to be a clear directive to never be involved with violence. To be a Christian was to be a Pacifist, and during those formative years the church endured several persecutions at the hands of the Roman Empire itself without ever considering taking up the sword against their aggressors.

How did this faith, known and identified for its non-violent beliefs, go on to conduct the crusades, the inquisitions, witch hunts, and today have 87% of white evangelical Christians support President George W. Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq? How did this religion, founded by a Pacifist and known (even criticized) for non-violence, become a religion known for its aggression, war, political power and embracing of violence?

So, in 2006 I decided to travel across North America and talk to scholars, historians, authors and religious leaders on both sides of the issue (not the cheap Bill Maher tactics of only talking to crazy people on whichever side he stands opposed to) to understand why some believe the Christian faith allows for killing and others in the exact same faith believe that to truly follow the faith, one must never take life. The result was this project “Prince of Peace - God of War”

The project took me just over a year to complete and was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but at the same time one of the most rewarding. As a documentary I am very proud of how the issues are addressed and explored… but at the same time I am very humbled by how much it lacks artistic quality. A gifted documentary filmmaker I am not. But audiences across North America at various film festivals seems to quickly look past my artistic shortcomings and submerged themselves in the issues and discussion in the film. Some agreeing, some disagreeing, but all apparently talking.


This is a really solid documentary, and one you should check out. Download it here, or check it out below...


- It looks as though Forrest Whitaker will be both starring in and directing A Wonderful World, a biopic on legendary musician, Louis Armstrong...
- Rumor has it that great actor, Ryan Gosling, has scored the role of Hal Jordan a.k.a. The Green Lantern...
- A new Avengers cartoon television show will be hiting the airwaves in early 2011, just in time for the films release...
- Finally, Frank Darabont, helmer behind last years underrated film, The Mist, just got a cast boost as Jamie Foxx has signed on to star alongside Gerard Butler in Law Abiding Citizen...

That's all I have for now, so come back later for more movie news and reviews!

Go see something good!

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