Archives for December 2006

A Few Thoughts on Christmas Day 2006

Today, as the same old Christmas carols played, one line rang out as if it was brand new for me."How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given."There have been precious few moments of quiet in my year, as I have set in motion so much sound and fury in my own life that I can hardly hear myself think. In such a state of self-induced hysteria, I'm almost sure to miss Him when he comes again and again into my presence... through gestures of grace, through bread and wine, through the … [Read more...]

Indiewire Critics Rate the Best of 2006

Thanks to Doug Cummings for posting this link.It represents the votes of a long list of writers, many of whom would be on my list of the best film critics working today.And the list itself is amazing, including so many great titles that will go overlooked by the Academy and other more commercial endeavors. … [Read more...]

Bono’s not a Christian Because He Cusses. Or So I’m Told.

This just came in as a comment on a previous post, but hey... I think it deserves a post all its own. … [Read more...]

J. Hoberman on “Children of Men”

The raves are pouring in. Children of Men is the movie that you'll be sorry you missed. Unless, of course, you go see it. … [Read more...]

J. Robert Parks Raves About “Children of Men”

I love it when a movie rekindles, and increases, my love and appreciation of what movies can do. Children of Men does that for me. I'm seeing it again tonight, and I'm just giddy with anticipation. … [Read more...]

Luci Shaw on Remembering Mary at Christmas

My dear friend, the ever-inspiring Luci Shaw, has just published a meditation on Mary at Christianity Today. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Alfonso Cuarón: “Narrative is the Poison of Cinema”

Children of Men drops you smack dab in the middle of an apocalypse. You'd better be ready.Alfonso Cuarón isn't interested in explaining everything to the audience. He wants us to struggle to get our bearings. The work of understanding is what makes art an experience rather than just an assault or a "message." … [Read more...]

Slant Critics: Two Intriguing Year’s-Best Lists.

I'm listening to the critics at Slant Magazine this year.Why? Well, because both of them picked The New World as the best film of 2005, having seen only a hastily fashioned awards-consideration version.Looking at their picks for this year, I'm already agreeing with several of their choices. And some of them I haven't seen yet, but I'll have to get out to track them down now. … [Read more...]

Morefield Says, Shut Up and Go See the Chicks!

I've just posted Ken Morefield's review of Shut Up and Sing, the new documentary about the Dixie Chicks and the trouble they fell into when one of them said something critical about the President. After musing about the effects of Natalie's challenging lyrics, he ends up considering the effects... or lack of them... caused by a certain television personality. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to The Beauty!!

One of my dearest, closest friends, Todd Fadel, who I've known since we were... oh... two?... is in a band called The Beauty. (The other fellow in the band is Matt Zimmerman.)They're from Portland.I've been in an improv comedy band with Todd for about 15 years now... The Garbage Chute Flyboys... a little part of my life I never really discuss here.Anyway, The Beauty is not a comedy band. They rock. Specifically, they rock Portland, Oregon. They also rock MySpace.And The Beauty … [Read more...]