Specials: New Yorke in June? Irons and Malkovich. The future of X-men.

I'D LIKE NEW YORKE IN JUNE (but it's coming to stores in July)  The new Thom Yorke solo album The Eraser is coming, and today I heard a few tracks from it. I enjoyed them. They sounded like songs from Amnesiac, with fewer guitars. The twitchy electronic loops and beats are there, and familiar power-chords, along with Yorke's typically spooky vocals and lyrics. But I can't say it struck me as anything more than half-decent Radiohead b-sides. Maybe if I hear the whole album, it'll make more sense … [Read more...]

X-Men 3: First-impressions

I gave in to the temptation tonight, took a break from writing, and decided to rest my weary head with two hours of good big screen adventure... X-Men the Last Stand.Instead, I sat there and watched Ratner and Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn spoil the efforts of so many talented individuals, effectively spoiling the best adventure franchise running. I should have gone to M:I3 or Over the Hedge instead.The film basically serves as a giant compliment to director Brian Singer's abilities, by … [Read more...]

Worried about Wolverine: Is X3 any good?

I won't have time to return to moviegoing for another week or two, due to deadlines, but I'm sure looking forward to getting back into a theater.But alas, it sounds like the summer blockbusters are a disappointing lot. I'd been looking forward to X-Men: The Last Stand, but I feared it would end up being a case of effects over story, action over character development. According to these reviews, it sounds like my fears have been realized.Of course, I should be going to the amazing lineup … [Read more...]

Gore-y

My friend Evi Sztajno, a student at SPU who has begun writing for the student newspaper, just published an interview with Al Gore concerning his documentary An Inconvenient Truth.Congratulations, Evi! Nice work! … [Read more...]

Paste-ing T Bone Burnett

T Bone Burnett talks to Paste Magazine's Steve Turner. … [Read more...]

What a guy.

The Independent has fine profile on Bono. There was another element to Bono's success in the Bush White House. Since they were teenagers he and Edge and Larry, U2's drummer, have been committed Christians, though they long ago abandoned membership of the hothouse Shalom church to which they belonged in the early days. "He doesn't lay it on you or try to convert you," says Geldof, "but it's at the core of his activism. On rare occasions he talks unashamedly and openly about it. It's what gets … [Read more...]

Phil Keaggy Speaks the Truth

Here's a revealing interview with Phil Keaggy, where he's saying some of the things about the Christian music industry that I've been saying at Looking Closer for a decade or more.This is just a piece of that article... Considering the fact that some Christian music listeners expect a certain number of Jesus references in their songs, where does wordless music fit in with ministry?Keaggy: I don't know. It's always made me feel odd when I'd get a Dove Award for an instrumental album that … [Read more...]

Sony Starts Up the Next Dan Brown Movie

Well, like I said, I'm done posting about The Da Vinci Dud.But Peter Chattaway has just caught wind of a whole new pile of poo: Sony is starting the engines on their next Dan Brown movie -- Angels and Demons.It's also worth reading Chattaway's discovery of an applicable G.K. Chesterton quote, and Amy Wellborn's recent parade of home-run posts. So if you want to read the blogs of folks who haven't tired of writing about this, there you go. … [Read more...]

Frank Rich on Gullible Christians Getting Duped

A rather arresting commentary from the notorious Frank "I Still Hate The Passion of the Christ" Rich.The sad thing is that this time, he right about a lot of things.Problem is, it's on NYTimes Select, so you may not be able to read it.Here's a snippet: The Machiavellian mission for the hit-deprived Sony studio was to co-opt conservative religious critics who might depress turnout for a $125-million-plus thriller portraying the Roman Catholic Church as a fraud. To this end, as The … [Read more...]

Anybody Who Ever Watched “Siskel and Ebert” Needs to See This

If you thought Siskel and Ebert were good at fighting about movies, wait until you see what happened off-camera. … [Read more...]


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