Archives for May 11, 2004

Fans of ‘Donnie Darko’…

Want a glimpse of the next revelation from the director of Donnie Darko? … [Read more...]

‘Passion’ DVD on the way…

Mel Gibson's Icon Productions plans to unveil the video release of "The Passion of the Christ" on Aug. 31. It'll cost you... … [Read more...]

Jerry Jenkins and Jeffrey Overstreet… speaking at the same thing?

It's true. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Madeline DeFrees…

...who I had the pleasure of meeting unexpectedly on Sunday at Elliott Bay Bookstore, while standing in line to have a book signed by another author.DeFrees is the first recipient of the Denise Levertov Award from Image.If you want to know why... … [Read more...]

The Looking Closer Interview: Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman

[Some of this material was previously published in March 2004 at Christianity Today.]-My review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind led to an unexpected opportunity: a chance to interview the two creative masterminds of this remarkable film. It was a privilege to meet Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and director Michel Gondry, and to ask them why they are so attracted to unconventional stories.The following conversation does include a discussion … [Read more...]

Let’s kick this thing off with an announcement… THE WHITE WITCH!

Why not kick off this blog with something that looks like news?It's starting to look official.Tilda Swinton looks like she may indeed be The White Witch of Narnia. … [Read more...]

Hellboy (2004)

This review of Hellboy was originally published at Christianity Today in April 2004. -Some superheroes focus on settling a score. Some learn lessons about responsibility, talent, and weakness. But for some, like Hellboy, being a superhero is just a job.For director Guillermo Del Toro, the job of bringing the comic book hero Hellboy to the screen was a labor of love—love for comics, and especially for the work of artist Mike Mignola, Hellboy's creator. Del Toro effectively recreates Mig … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

[Here's my own original review, which was first published at the original Looking Closer website on January 21, 2001. I also covered the Christian media coverage of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone in Christianity Today's Film Forum.]-For the record, I'm not a big fan of the Harry Potter books — So already I'm in the minority. And many will immediately disqualify my opinion of the film because of it.But Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a film now, and needs to be fairly t … [Read more...]

Man on Fire (2004)

Jeffrey's review of Man on Fire was published at Christianity Today in April 2004. … [Read more...]

Welcome to the New Looking Closer Journal

[2012 Update: Well, here it is... the original post of the Looking Closer blog. You've found it. There are posts on this blog that have earlier publication dates, but that's because they were originally published on the Looking Closer website, which was a separate entity at the time. This was the post that launched the blog and opened up new avenues of writing for me. I've started the engines on a lot of journals and creative endeavors that died early deaths, but this one stayed alive and … [Read more...]