I Watch “Deliver Us from Evil”

for AmSpec. I've now read a couple other horror fans' reviews, and they have the same mix of "There's clearly something interesting here, yet the execution is off somehow--bland, reliant on cliche, SOMETHING's not right." This even though they pick out different and in some cases opposite elements to praise or criticize. My conclusion is that the specific bits of the movie you find powerful or frustrating may vary, but there's something lacking in it, something a bit paint-by-numbers and … [Read more...]

A Couple Gay Christian Whatnot Links

Protestants! CAN YOU FEEL THE ECUMENISM.First, my friend Matt Jones looks at how his shifting understanding of vocation has changed both his emotional and spiritual life--very powerful: Two years ago, as I was just beginning to think more critically about my faith and sexuality, I attended a wedding. It has been interesting to revisit the memorialized emotions that accompanied the ceremony, to examine the well-worn paths down which my uncertain thoughts routinely fled when confronted by … [Read more...]

From “Graham Greene on Film”

Granted that From the Manger to the Cross is well made, was it worth making? The film critic of The Times who didn't like it at all--"sincerity is not enough"--noted "a tendency towards gross materialism," and certainly, as in Spanish churches, you are allowed no escape at all from physical suffering; Christ is a man beaten up, like a Nazi prisoner in the Brown House. The physical horror is never far away and always well conveyed--whether it is the Massacre of the Innocents, dark passages and … [Read more...]

“In Sweden, Human Darkness Is Confronted by the Arts, Not the Church”

terrific final paragraphs: The culture wars afflicting the Church of England are basically over. By the end of the summer, the General Synod will have agreed women bishops. And while the fight for full gay equality has some way to run, this one is substantially over too: not least because the demographics are pushing inexorably in a liberal direction. Young people, even evangelicals, don't see the problem. So Christian progressives like me ought to be celebrating? Well, not quite. more … [Read more...]

“Ask Yourself These Questions Before Entering a Celibate Relationship”: A Queer Calling

Really important stuff imo. I infest the comments: As you can probably imagine, many people ask us for advice about celibate relationships, how realistic that concept is, and how to make such a relationship work. Several people can be frustrated by our typical reply: we don’t think we’re very good at giving advice. However when enough people ask us the same question, we think we ought to address it to the best of our ability. We know a fair number of people who are living in celibate par … [Read more...]

Supporting Friends & Family Who Have Cancer: Jim Henley

A lot of these "what not to say/do" lists strike me as... less "actual advice you might use" and more "venting about how nothing anyone says or does will actually fix the problem, everything anyone tries to say can be in its own way painful and humiliating" (which is totally true and important) but this one is not like that. Warning: Long.I have cancer right now! Here are a few dos and don'ts based on my personal experience. I am sure you'll find my preferences are not universal, but they … [Read more...]

“The Boy Is the Father of Whatever”: I Review Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”

at AmCon: About an hour and a half into Richard Linklater’s memorable new film, my notes say, “This is RIVETING.” Exactly one hour later, as the movie finally ceased (“ended” is too strong, too decisive), I breathed a sigh of relief. What went wrong to turn the movie from startling, luminous journey into boring, platitudinous slog?Linklater’s movie has gained a lot of press for one of those gimmicks which hide deep meaning under their showy surface, like the delays in Hamlet. Linklater shot … [Read more...]


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