Four guys sitting on a bench.

This may be the cover of U2's new album... I'm looking for confirmation of that. … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips – The Looking Closer Interview

Introduction: An interview anticipated for two decades. I was 22 years old when I attended my first "celebrity interview." … [Read more...]

Was This Always His “Secret Ambition”?

U2's new keyboardist may be... … [Read more...]

Innocence Mission Fans – Take Note! (a note from Roswell, NM)

The Innocence Mission is releasing a new album in November. Details here. … [Read more...]

EIGHT YEARS!

I have had the immeasurable blessing of being married to Anne Maureen Doe for EIGHT YEARS. … [Read more...]

What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

This is a guest review generously contributed by Mike Hertenstein.-What the #$*! Do We Know? aims to blow your mind: a worthy goal, and one that should surely be in some way the goal of any film: to expand our vision, our sense of the world, our possibilities – as C. S. Lewis says, to help us see with other eyes and so “enlarge our being.” The jumping-off place here is the admittedly mind-blowing world of cutting-edge science: mostly subatomic physics and biochemistry at the mind-body fro … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips – the official site

Twenty years after I started listening to her, my favorite singer/songwriter in the world has an official Web site.Finally. … [Read more...]

Hero (2002)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-The Grand Canyon. The Northern Lights. Van Gogh's sunflowers. We've all been stricken speechless by vivid displays of color. For me, there's the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the shimmering metallic blue of Pacific Ocean waves at twilight; the day I discovered first-hand that ladybugs sometimes hibernate on mountaintops, clustered together in masses, blood red against white snow (hard to believe, but … [Read more...]

J. Robert Parks – Live From the Toronto International Film Festival

J. Robert Parks, who provides many reviews for Looking Closer when I'm not able to catch a film and write about it in time, is in Toronto for the film festival, and he has an ambitious screening list. … [Read more...]

Why Do Moviegoers Like Garden State So Much?

Spurred on by positive reviews, I spent Sunday afternoon at a matinee of Garden State, and when it was over, I drove home trying to figure out what all the fuss is about. I didn't walk away thinking "Awful." I just kinda went, "Eh. Well. Okay. Saw that movie." … [Read more...]


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