Sunday, April 26, 2015

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory Disney-Britton
As advocates for art of the religious imagination,  we seek out artists who share our desire for the sacred coupled with the anticipation of wandering in the wilderness. In his current show at Linda Warren Projects, Tom Torluemke uses colorful strokes of sexuality and other social commentary to capture that spirit. He describes himself as often feeling "exposed, uncertain and not able to find what I’m searching for," but in this he is both a journeyman and master conductor. He even recommended "Commonweal," a Catholic magazine he reads regularly. Wandering in a world that values clarity is what makes "Blind Man's Bluff" exhibit by Tom Torleumke my NEWS OF WEEK.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sikh religion founder film screenings cancelled

BBC NEWS
By Peter Wilson
UNITED KINGDOM---A major cinema chain has cancelled all screenings of a film about the founder of the Sikh religion, after protesters in the West Midlands caused a cinema to be evacuated over concerns for safety. Hundreds of movie-goers were asked to leave on Sunday night after a sit-in protest at Cineworld in Bentley Bridge, Wolverhampton. Some people said the film Nanak Shah Fakir was blasphemous to the Sikh religion. [link]

Movie Review: ‘Body and Soul,’ a Documentary, Looks at Jews’ Ties to the Land of Israel

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Daniel M. Gold
HOLLYWOOD---“Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation” is a concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel. While it tends to conflate Judaism with Zionism — a position not all Jews agree with — the film is straightforward in presenting the historical record. Featuring contemporaneous documents and artifacts from ancient days through the Middle Ages to modern times, the film is as cogent as it is inspiring. [link]

Movie Review: ‘Little Boy’ is a Fable About Faith Versus Magical Thinking

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Stephen Holden
HOLLYWOOD---The steady performances of Tom Wilkinson, playing a kindly priest, and Emily Watson, an angelic mother, in Alejandro Monteverde’s “Little Boy” do little to offset the cloying sweetness of a movie that has the haranguing inspirational tone of a marathon Sunday-school lesson. This tear-stained lump of hokum, drenched in oversaturated color, is a World War II fable about faith versus magical thinking. [link]

Movie Review: In ‘The Water Diviner,’ Russell Crowe Revisits Gallipoli

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Manholda Dargis
HOLLYWOOD---For “The Water Diviner,” his muddled directorial debut about love in the time of war and dissemblance, Russell Crowe wanted to go full David Lean while nodding at Peter Weir’s “Gallipoli.” Like many filmmakers, Mr. Crowe also wanted to tidy up history to suit his dramatic needs. He plays Joshua Connor, a widowed Australian farmer who four years after the Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16 goes to Turkey to find his three missing sons. [link]