Archives for July 2006

Mel Gibson arrested for drunk driving

Here's the L.A. Times report on Mel Gibson's arrest. I'm hearing that there are some ugly details to this story that are currently unconfirmed... We'll wait and see, and hope they aren't true. … [Read more...]

Colbert strikes again… this time at the morning news shows.

Don't mess with Stephen Colbert.He's a Sunday school teacher.He's a Catholic.He's a Lord of the Rings expert.And now, thanks to Good Morning America and The Today Show... he's controversial! … [Read more...]

Somebody Lose a Book of Psalms?

Did anybody lose a book of psalms? … [Read more...]

The Vader Sessions

This YouTube video is spreading like a wildfire, so you've probably already seen it. (I discovered it through Peter Chattaway's blog.)If not, here it is: the funniest YouTube link in, oh, at least a few weeks. … [Read more...]

What Do Paul Bettany and Nicole Kidman Have Against Christianity?

According to Cinematical, Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany have joined the cast of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass as the "villainous" Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel.If this report is just a rumor, I'm doubtful. If it's true, I'm baffled. I hope it's a rumor. … [Read more...]

A Movie for All Who Love or Make Music

Wow.[Jeffrey scrambles to re-examine the "best of the year" list for last year]Go rent Touch the Sound tonight.Or bump it to the top of your Netflix queue.And if you don't have a surround-sound system, starting making plans with a friend who does. … [Read more...]

New Poems by Luci Shaw, Reviewed in Books & Culture

Luci Shaw and Margaret Smith: two good friends of mine, two marvelous poets, two folks who were incredibly generous in helping me finish my book about films. … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert recites the Nicene Creed!

Colbert continues to amaze. … [Read more...]

Friday specials: Frederick Buechner, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, "The Prestige"

My friend Julie Mullins has written a substantial article about Frederick Buechner's lastest collection, Secrets in the Dark, in the new issue of Image. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of both the book and the journal.Secrets begins with a meditation on the story of Jacob wrestling the angel titled "The Magnificent Defeat." I read it aloud last night to Anne, and we were both deeply moved by it. Having grown up in the church, I've heard so many sermons that I find it difficult to pay … [Read more...]

Yi-Yi (A One and a Two) from Criterion

If you haven't seen Yi-Yi (A One and a Two), you're in for a treat.It's been out on DVD before, but not like this. The full Criterion treatment has arrived, and I encourage you to check it out as soon as you can. Beautifully filmed, poetic, funny, unpredictable, with a cast of characters as large and memorable as the cast of Magnolia, it is one of those films that seems to capture all of life within its 2 1/2-hour span. This is the only Edward Yang film I've seen, but I'm eager to see more. … [Read more...]