For the month of May, the spotlight falls on STEVEN D. GREYDANUS.
Steven is, I think, the closest thing to a Roger Ebert in Christian film criticism. His reviews have a strength and a confidence to them; he speaks with authority, experience, eloquence, and a penetrating intellect. From time to time, I disagree with his reviews, but rarely … and even when I do disagree, I still learn from his perspective.
A few notes on SDG’s strengths:
- He has a passion for good family movies, but he defines “good family movies” not by things that the films don’t have in them, but by the things they do have in them.
- He can be frighteningly clever.
- Greydanus wrote one of the finest reviews on The Passion of the Christ that has been published (see the link in the margin).
- He has a sound sense of fairness and justice, and thus he is always worth hearing on films in which there is a question of caricature or prejudice. (See The Magdalen Sisters.)
- He appreciates both the best of cerebral and international filmmaking (Russian Ark) and the best of commercial Hollywood blockbusters (Spider-man 2).
- And while I think he’s wrong to favor The Return of the King over The Fellowship of the Ring, he has an appreciation for fantasy film that I fully understand.
- In the occasional disputes that come up between the volatile-tempered Christian film critic community, he conducts himself with grace without compromising his passion for the truth.
I’ve long been an admirer of his work, and getting to know him has been one fo the highlights of the last few years for me.
Steven, keep up the good … no, the essential … work.