Monday, March 15, 2004

from Movie & TV News @

The lead critic of the Toronto Star said...[Friday] that he has been deluged by hate mail and telephone calls denouncing him for his negative review of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ but, in the end, forgiving him for his sin. Under a photograph of the marquee of a Pentecostal Church emblazoned recently with the title of a pastor's sermon -- "The Jews Killed Jesus" -- critic Geoff Pevere said that the response, mostly from filmgoers who regarded Gibson's presentation as "truth," did convince him of its "undeniably impressive power as a pop culture phenomenon." He went on to write: "In these days of carefully engineered mass-culture mediocrity, anything that unleashes this kind of response compels a certain degree of attention and respect."