struggled to reconcile his own values with the Southern Baptist church’s transformation under increasingly conservative leadership. He also makes resonant connections between religion and political activism, as when he points out that the Lord's Prayer is a call for ‘an end to political and economic injustice within
worldly regimes.’ Too much of the book, however, is a scattershot catalogue of standard liberal gripes against the current administration. Throwing in everything from human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib to global warming, Carter spreads himself too thin over talking points that have already been covered extensively.”
Even though we are jaded by dazzling special effects today, the 1933 RKO movie, codirected by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, is still mighty impressive. You can still feel what must have absolutely stunned the audience at the premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
A remarkable retelling of the fable of Beauty and the Beast, King Kong works because it creates sympathy for the great ape even while he is on the rampage. The erotic frisson that culminates with Kong clutching Fay Wray as he bats away biplanes from his perch on the Empire State Building is one of the most iconic scenes in all of movies.
The documentaries that accompany the film recount the immense labor and ingenuity that went into its creation, from the dreamlike production design to the breakthrough use of stop-motion photography.”