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Two more films to keep your eye on

Here are two more upcoming films with the potential for generating God-talk:

The Ten. Matt at Bible Films Blog is writing about this film again, so I guess perhaps it’s time to make note of it here. This slew-of-stars comedy—allegedly with a rather satirical approach—includes ten stories, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments. BFB’s latest post includes excerpts from several interviews, including this one with director David Wain on Winona Ryder News Channel (Ryder is one of the films stars): “Characters overlap and interweave... As it happens, our film has a very pro-Ten Commandments message - the characters that break God’s law pay the price. And none of the stories are about religion.” And this one with Winona Ryder in Entertainment Weekly: “The movie is obviously satirical and dirty, but it’s not mean. It actually does teach the Ten Commandments… just in a very ridiculous, funny way.” Hmm. Anyway, BFB says it seems that “although this is the type of movie that will probably draw criticism from certain quarters, it will ultimately uphold the importance of the Ten Commandments.” For more on the film, see BBF, the film’s rather basic official website or visit Wain’s personal site (though be forewarned of mature subject matter and language). Also, see Peter Chattaway’s FilmChat Blog, which points to a Cinamatical article, which leads him to believe (like BFB) that this film will be somewhat like a shortened (though, as BFB puts it, "bawdy") version of Decalogue.

Georgia Rule. According to ComingSoon, this film—which some of you probably have heard of in the hoopla surrounding Lindsay Lohan’s on-and-off-set “misbehavior”—is billed as “three generations of top actresses” who “unite in a film from director Garry Marshall (Beaches, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride) about the power of redemption, freedom in forgiveness and unbreakable bonds of motherhood," with Jane Fonda as a grandmother who “lives her life by a number of unbreakable rules, demanding anyone who shares her home do the same—God comes first and hard work comes a very close second.” The plot revolves around young teen Rachel (Lohan) who is sent by her mom Lilly (Felicity Huffman) to live with Lilly’s estranged mother Georgia (Fonda) as a last resort in response to Rachel's uncontrollable behavior. Unknown to Lilly or Georgia, however, is that Rachel's behavior is a reaction to sexual abuse by her mother’s husband. There’s not much else out there on the film, which is due out in 2007, but I like the looks of it so far.

I’ve got some other films to blog waiting in the wings, but I’m exhausted (mowed lawn and went through mucho stacks of unfiled papers this afternoon) and I’m heading off to dreamland. Hopefully I’ll get to them in the next couple of days.

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