My first-ever link regarding architecture

In the new Books and Culture, Nathan Bierma contemplates Seattle's spectacular (or spectacularly ugly?) new downtown library. … [Read more...]

My Constantine Adventure: Interviewing Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and others.

Angels. Demons. Humans caught in the middle. Heroes trying to resist temptation and defeat Satan’s emissaries. Sounds a lot like an adventure yarn from the mind of Frank Perretti. But Francis Lawrence’s action-horror flick Constantine is a far cry from This Present Darkness. While the hero is an exorcist casting out demons right and left, he’s not exactly driven by humility or selflessness. And he’s not too fond of God. Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a chain-smoking … [Read more...]

"Constantine"’s biggest mistake

How many mainstream critics will accept, without a second thought, the fundamental boo-boo of Keanu Reeves' Constantine? … [Read more...]

Feedback: The good, the bad, and the ugly

CT Movies is getting some feedback on the movies chosen by their critics as the Best of 2004. Here are some examples that editor Mark Moring has posted on the site. … [Read more...]

White Stripes’ Jack White … Almost a Priest.

On CBS' special interview about the Jack White/Loretta Lynn connection, White explained that he almost became a priest. What stopped him? "I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me." … [Read more...]

David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand) on Christianity and The Passion

Frank, courageous, and to the point ... as always... David Eugene Edwards, the lead singer of the riveting rock band 16 Horsepower and the newer, more experimental group Woven Hand, has offered some more food for thought in a newly-published interview from the Dutch magazine OOR. … [Read more...]

The new, improved, less-violent Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson has cut five minutes of violence from The Passion of the Christ and is bringing this "special edition" to theatres. So, is this the "Director's Cut"? The "Lacerated Edition"? The "Flogged Version"? … [Read more...]

I Agree with Brian McLaren.

(Thanks to Elizabeth Rambo for the link!) I agree with Brian McLaren. … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Title Scare You

Born into Brothels, filmed in the red light district of Calcutta, sounds like a nightmare. And, in some ways, it is. But it's also joyful, funny, delightful, full of surprises, and packed with characters you'll want to throw your arms around. It's also real. … [Read more...]

What Makes a Great Film? Here’s an Answer … from a Poet.

In a book called Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by the poet Jane Hirshfield, the author takes us through a series of exemplary poems, showing us how they deliver limited information, fleeting images, and create a complex and exquisite experience for the reader. On page 22, Hirshfield looks back at the poems for a moment, finding commonality between them. When she does, she explains why it is that they work so well. … [Read more...]


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