Archives for August 2004

My Chat with the Chairman of the NEA

In the new issue of Response, you'll find an article about, and an interview with, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia. (There are two separate links on that page, so check out both of them.)Plus, this issue includes my commentary on films about cloning... … [Read more...]

Caviezel as Superman?

It's not gonna happen. It's probably gonna be the Smallville guy. … [Read more...]

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One of my favorite photographers has just posted some of his art online. … [Read more...]

I Dreamed I Interviewed Flannery O’Connor

I love doing interviews with thoughtful artists. It's one of the greatest thrills of my work. I've had the privilege of interviewing writers like Scott Cairns and Dana Gioia, musicians like Linford Detweiler and Don and Karen Peris, and filmmakers like Patrice Leconte, Spike Jonze, Kevin Smith, and Peter Jackson. Sometimes, it's frustrating to see how many of my dream interviews are "out of reach"... like Flannery O'Connor.So I decided to unearth some of the most wonderful things O'Connor … [Read more...]

How good is Alien vs. Predator?

So good that a Vancouver, B.C. film critic informs me that there will be no early press screenings, no opportunities for critics to offer an opinion of the movie before it opens. … [Read more...]

News debris: Kurt Cobain rises again

Tidbits:If you missed my headline-scan at CT Reel News this week... it's not too late. There's news about Hobbits invading Boston, children entering Narnia, Bryan Singer jumping on Superman, Malaysians attending The Passion, Stephen Baldwin entering the ministry, Ralph Fiennes stalking Harry Potter, Kevin Smith renewing wedding vows, Shawshank celebrating an anniverary, Faramir falling in love... and more. The next Sofia Coppola film will star Kirsten Dunst as Marie-Antoinette, with Jason … [Read more...]

A Big Hello to My Younger Readers!

On Sunday morning, there I was sitting and chatting with my beloved church family, when nine-year-old Amy Lind looked at me and said, "You write a blog, don't you?" … [Read more...]

Errol Morris Releases Seventeen New Short Films

And you can watch them all right here... for free! … [Read more...]


Well, it’s been an exciting day already, and it’s only 11am.For what it’s worth, I’m quoted in this week’s issue of Time Magazine. … [Read more...]

Collateral is Tom Cruise’s best work…

...and one of Michael Mann's most formulaic and insubstantial films.Still, it's worth seeing. Here's my review. … [Read more...]