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Awesome review on Dreaming For You, directed by Eoin Macken

Ireland / 71 minutes / bw / Blank Canvas Dir & Scr: Eoin C. Macken Pr: Eoin C. Macken, Gerry Balfe Smyth Cine: Gerry Balfe Smyth Cast: Eoin Macken, Kettie Rompre, Tom Lambertson, James Catanzaro, Rekha Luther, Seijo Imazaki, Frank Macken, Bjorn Milz, Doug Porter, Robert Ross.

Adam Chambers (Macken), an Irish-born resident of NYC, is clearly in psychological difficulties. His cramped apartment on West 4th Street is a cesspit, he hurls abuse at his reflection in the mirror, he’s months behind with the rent and has been served with an eviction notice, he enacts suicide in his bath but his blunt knife won’t cut the skin. The one island of stability in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Kayla (Rompre); although her situation is never clearly spelled out, she apparently has a steady job at an art gallery. By contrast, Adam is supposedly an actor but has difficulty plucking up the nerve to go to casting calls, instead spending his days mostly wandering the city and neglecting to return Kayla’s phonecalls.


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Killing Jesus, National Geographic, review: ‘brooding’

The biopic is the third adaptation of US TV anchor Bill O’Reilly’s page-turning and provocatively titled history books, following up from Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln. The challenge here was unique: at least the two late American presidents remained dead. Killing Jesus entailed a plunge into the far murkier waters of faith and distant historical fact. The result was a successful piece of television, if not any particularly fresh insights into how a carpenter living in ancient Judea spawned a religion that is today followed by over two billion people. The Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman made an impressive fist out of what must be about the most daunting role to put on your CV, embodying a subtle shift from Jesus as self-effacing family guy flicking breadcrumbs at his cousin to Jesus as increasingly self-assured preacher and Messiah. …

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How National Geographic Is “Killing Jesus”

When you’re headed to West Africa at the height of the Ebola scare, it’s comforting to know you’re going to meet Jesus when you get there. Such was my fortune in October of 2014 when I flew to Morocco to spend a week on the set of Nat Geo’s production of Killing Jesus, the channel’s third TV-movie adaptation of as many books in the popular Bill O’Reilly series that began with Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy (and now boasts a fourth, Killing Patton). But the big question was this: What or whose Jesus would I be meeting? O’Reilly’s bestseller, co-authored by Martin Dugard, took an intentionally historical approach rather than a spiritual one as it examined the events that led to Christ’s crucifixion. Yet, as with Killing Kennedy, Nat Geo was dramatizing — not documenting — that account.

Their manipulation of Antipas to kill John the Baptist evolved into one of the film’s more compelling subplots. “We were trying to find that dynamic of why did Herodia wanted John the Baptist killed,” said Eoin Macken, who plays Antipas. “Why did she want these things to happen, why did Antipas not want it to happen? She was driving what was happening, while Antipas was reluctant. He’s being pulled by the church, and then Rome, and then Pilate, and then by Herodia — you see Antipas being puppeted by her — and so he’s just trying to navigate his way through this.” …

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National Geographic pulls out the stops to tell the biblical story in Killing Jesus

OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO — It’s the one story where spoilers are impossible. Still, National Geographic Channel is determined to make “Killing Jesus” as dramatic as the channel’s recent projects, “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy” were. Kelsey Grammer tries Herod on for size. The madman with the flowing gray locks, boils on his face, brandishing a knife looks familiar. Then he talks. It could be no one but Kelsey Grammer as King Herod in National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus.” “These characters loom large in our history,” Grammer says. “They require a kind of size.” The man who tied the record for the longest-running character in primetime and is on Broadway in “Finding Neverland” has a sense of humor about himself. “He’s famous for being big and loud and ugly and killing children, so I got the offer,” Grammer says. Eleven minutes in, Herod dies – dramatically, of course — at his son Antipas’ feet. “He is a presence,” says Eoin Macken who plays Antipas. “He is a bull in a China shop. He is the most charming bull that ever existed. He is evil but you kind of like him.” 

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Killing Jesus – Review by Christian Movie

“Killing Jesus,” the highly anticipated TV movie from National Geographic Channel starring Haaz Sleiman, John Rhys-Davies, Kelsey Grammar, and many other talented Hollywood veterans, airs this coming Sunday, March 29 at 8/7 C. After viewing the film, I have to say: “Killing Jesus” stuck closer to the four Gospels in the Bible than I had expected. It is a Scott Free production (Ridley Scott’s production company), which — as I learned with “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (which Scott directed) — might mean a more liberal departure from the text and the intent of the Bible. “Killing Jesus,” however — adapted from the popular novel of the same name by political commentator Bill O’ Reilly and Martin Dugard — follows a generally faithful retelling of the Gospel accounts (with a few caveats, which I’ll explain below the Parent Guidance section) and adds an extremely well-researched thrill ride of factual, extra-Biblical political drama that existed in Israel during Jesus’ lifetime.

From the film’s press materials:

“More than 2.2 billion people around the globe follow the teachings and principles of Jesus of Nazareth, but the political, historical and social collusions that led to his brutal demise bring new context to the familiar story. KILLING JESUS dives deep inside the historical story of a man whose message and preachings led to his persecution and execution by a group of conspirators who saw him as a threat to their power.”

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