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Described as “dark and sadistic” and “a very evil movie”, Raja Gosnell’s live-action 2002 released Scooby Doo offended almost every Christian film critic who saw it, with one calling the picture “a tool for the Devil.”
What could be so terrible about a PG-rated kiddie comedy, you ask? Viewers objected to the “abundance of skin” as well as “the heavy emphasis on voodoo” while one critic claimed he was “uncomfortable with the idea of people trading souls and contemplating lustful advances.”
By no means were these views unique. Other movies deemed unacceptable by movie-going Christians include Armageddon (“the myth of Evolution is presented as scientific fact”), The Avengers (“Loki is a clear depiction of the Devil”) and the “evil and occultic” Harry Potter franchise. In a world where “mainstream” viewers debate hidden meanings in The Shining, however, such opinions are no less valid than those of anyone else.
- Ian Watson
By Anjelica Oswald
Of the five foreign-language films nominated this year, Poland’s Ida is the only film to receive an Oscar nomination in another category. The black-and-white film is nominated for best cinematography.
Eighteen foreign-language films have received nominations for their cinematography and four have won. Only six of the 18 films were also nominated for best foreign-language film; however, three of the six won for their cinematography.
The first foreign-language film to earn both a best foreign-language film nomination and a cinematography nomination was Sweden’s Fanny & Alexander in 1984. The film won both awards, as well as best art direction and costume design. Writer-director Ingmar Bergman was also nominated for best director and original screenplay.
Ten years later, Hong Kong’s Farewell My Concubine received both nominations as well. It lost the foreign-language race to Spain’s Belle Epoque and lost the cinematography award to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.
Wild Bunch will kick off sales on nine new French titles at this year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 15-19), many of which will be completed in time for a potential Cannes slot, including an incestuous love story by Valérie Donzelli and First World War drama by Damien Odoul.
The company will also show first images of several previously announced productions including Jacques Audiard’s untitled drama revolving around Sri Lankan immigrants in Paris, which it is co-selling with Celluloid Dreams, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romance Lolo, in which she stars as a chic Parisian sophisticate who falls for a geeky It expert played by Dany Boon.
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