Looking Closer… in Portland, Oregon!

On Sunday, August 21, I'm coming back to my hometown of Portland, Oregon... to talk about my experiences as a Christian and a film critic; to describe the current dialogue in the media and in churches about the value and nature of art; to examine the way Christians respond to movies; to address the important differences between propaganda, entertainment, and art; to talk about the unique way in which art reveals the glory of God; and to answer any questions you might have. I'd … [Read more...]

Specials: Born into Brothels exhibit in NY.

Today's specials: The New York Times reports on the Kids with Cameras exhibit. If you've seen Born Into Brothels, you'll want to see this... Peter T. Chattaway groans over The Great Raid. (But Phil Boatwright at Crosswalk calls it the best film he's seen all year. Hmmm.) Todd Hertz swallows The Skeleton Key and chokes. Carolyn Arends honors Saint Ralph. A priest decides to use The Matrix to make faith appealing... about five years behind the trend. Arcade Fire … [Read more...]

Grizzly Man, March of the Penguins, Duma (2005) – A Guest Review by J. Robert Parks

J. Robert Parks weighs in again, this time on three beastly films: It's a summer for penguins at the movie theater. The documentary March of the Penguins has become one of the biggest arthouse hits in recent years, so much so that its studio is rolling it out into almost 2000 theaters this weekend, hoping to push it into blockbuster territory. Furthermore, almost every other day someone stops me on the street and asks me if I've seen the film and what I think about it. I respond that I like … [Read more...]

The Edukators (2004) – A Guest Review by J. Robert Parks

Seems like J. Robert Parks is seeing all of the great films this year, while I sit and wait for them to show in Seattle... Here he goes again, raving about another must-see: The Edukators. The month of August is not usually a banner month for cinema. Hollywood will release some of its worst films in the next few weeks, assuming that most people are either on vacation or getting ready for school and, therefore, aren't going to the movies anyway. But in Chicago at least, these last weeks of … [Read more...]