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Once, in the 90s, it was told unto us that God was one of us, just a slob like one of us, trying to make his way home. The all knowing, all seeing, all feeling creator of everything and anything in the universe could take on many forms, and he typically has throughout the many channels of pop culture. But it’s hard to find a good version of God in movies – for good reason. It’s a part that many might not want to take; God is, after all, the ultimate role. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. How do you embody a deity, the most important figure in a vast amount of people’s lives, and a part they’ve already casted in their minds while daydreaming in church pews from an early age? You get around it, and you get creative. Sometimes, you don’t even have to be on screen. Just pray »
- Samantha Wilson
Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.
Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.
courtesy of criterion.com
40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »
- Joshua Gaul
Some people go to church. Some do not. But everyone watches movies. And when it comes to film, religion isn't nearly the either/or choice we find in real life. As the following films - along with Darren Aronosfky's upcoming Noah - prove, religion can be a great plot motivator and an awesome excuse for big demonic showdowns and acts of heroism. Dogma Say what you will about Kevin Smith, but he really went for something unique with 1999's Dogma. The story of the last scion (that's Jesus' last living relative) versus a couple of rogue angels bent on delivering the apocalypse has a lot of big ideas about theology and isn't afraid to spew them out among foul-mouthed monologues and rampant acts of deviant behavior. End of Days...
- Evan Saathoff
Salma Hayek has always kept a lid on her incredibly good looks.Here's the then 32-year-old "Dogma" actress showing off in a lilac "Blossom" inspired bucket hat at an La premiere in 1998 (left) and 16 years later -- the now 47-year-old "30 Rock" star looking tough in a black biker cap at a fashion show in Milan earlier this month (right).Our hats off to her.The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Top 10 Simon Brew 14 Feb 2014 - 06:13
Because we are human beings who like things that are good, it goes without saying that we love Alan Rickman. One of the finest British screen actors of his generation - and a few others too - he's had a varied career, taking in memorable Hollywood villains to smaller independent fare. But what amongst his film roles (and we've focused on films that got a cinema release) are our favourites? Glad you asked...
Kevin Smith's fourth film in some ways remains his most ambitious. In casting terms certainly, and the involvement of Alan Rickman led to the writer-director warning long time collaborator Jason Mewes that he "didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".
Wearing 100-pound wings and »
In this week's edition of Dread Central Live, special effects guru Vincent Guastini brought some props to the studio and showed us his interpretation of what the spider head from the new The Thing would've looked like.
If you can only spare a couple of minutes, this is The clip from Dread Central Live that you have to watch!
In addition to the spider head, whom host Vanessa "Gore Whore" Gomez immediately wanted to make out with, right after Staci Layne Wilson (you have to watch to get it), Vincent also showed off a monster head from Steven C Miller's Under The Bed as well as a couple of victim heads from Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.
Of course you should always watch the entire show, which is available right below. Dread Central Live airs every Monday @ 4Pm Pst / 7Pm Est. Be sure to tune in.
- KW Low
Selena Gomez ruled out ever getting back with Justin Bieber -- so is their Segway ride proof she was wrong ... or was it just your typical awkward hangout between exes?"Dogma" director Kevin Smith has another project about religion on the way -- and this one could be his most controversial yet. He'll be stopping by to explain it. Tell Us Whatyou Think Other Topics Johnny Depp's Butt Worth Ryan Seacrest Parties One Direction -- Rip-Offs? »
- TMZ Staff
Even though he has told us quite a few times that he plans to retire, Kevin Smith is still lining up projects left right and centre! Smith took to his Facebook page to update us on his new projects.
Tusk will be the first release for Kevin Smith since Red State, and while the trailer will be premiering at Sundance next month, it looks like he is planning for the movie to have a bigger debut. He posted a picture of his Cannes certificates for the movies Clerks, Dogma and Clerks II, saying he hopes to add one more this spring.
The big question on everybody’s lips is when will Clerks III be on our big screens? Smith said that he hopes to start filming in May, which adds even more questions because there hasn’t been any news on the flick up to this point except for the announcement of the script. »
- Lucy Cave
The director revealed that he is also working on a project called Helena Handbag.
He also discussed his plans for his career in the future.
"From now until I drop dead, I'm only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make," Smith wrote on Facebook. "Jersey Girl, Zack & Miri, Cop Out - while I love them all, these are movies anybody could make.
He continued: "After conceiving and shooting Tusk in less than 6 months... I realised that film isn't in my blood... My films are in my blood. And some of 'em are still in there, so I better get 'em out! »
Despite announcing his retirement from filmmaking, Kevin Smith is currently putting the finishing touches to his low-budget horror Tusk, and still has plans to explore the further adventures of Dante and Randall with Clerks III, which he intends to shoot in 2014. However, it seems he's also added another project to his slate in in the sure-to-be-controversial Helena Handbag, which based upon a story from his SModcast podcast and “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.”. Posting on his official Facebook page, Smith has given an update on all three projects...
On the most recent episode of SModcast, I talked about my new mantra in regards to filmmaking: from now until I drop dead, I'm only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make. Jersey Girl, Zack & Miri, Cop Out - while I love them all, »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Despite threatening to retire from filmmaking, it appears Kevin Smith isn’t done behind the camera quite yet. The "Red State" director, currently at work on the horror film "Tusk", has announced yet another new project: "Helena Handbag", inspired by an episode of his SModcast podcast called “The (C)Rapture.” In "Helena HandBag", Smith and frequent collaborator Scott Mosier have written a story that sees “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Sounds about right, coming from the guy who gave approximately zero genitals to naked angel Alan Rickman in "Dogma". »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
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