I spent all day yesterday working on three or four different assignments. And I spent all day today in a movie theatre. (Yes, a single movie theatre; by some fluke, all of the day’s preview screenings were scheduled for the same venue.) Tomorrow I will go back to working on two or three other assignments that are due before Christmas. But I figured I should explain why things have been so dead here lately — and I also wanted to note the fact that today marked the end of preview screenings for 2008. By the time next year’s preview screenings begin, my wife will be working full-time again and I will be looking after the kids full-time again, though I will still be writing and blogging as time permits. So, once again, a phase of my life has come to an end and big changes lie ahead. And how fitting that one of today’s films should concern, in part, a writer who gives up his or her job to stay home and look after his or her children. I could definitely relate to that.
Busy busy busy.
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).