Darrel Manson reads "Through a Screen Darkly"

Full disclosure: Darrel Manson, who writes for HollywoodJesus.com, is a friend as well as a colleague.But I'm glad he's read Through a Screen Darkly, and he's posted some thoughts about that here. … [Read more...]

Poet Anne Overstreet Reading Tomorrow Night in Seattle

My favorite poet, Anne Overstreet, will be reading tomorrow night as just one participant in an evening full of art... at The Thread.To convince you that I'm a huge fan of Anne's work, there's this: I married her. So unless I'm hit by a train, I'll be there cheering. … [Read more...]

Memento (2001)

2013 Update: I haven't seen Memento in many years, but I feel that I have seen enough Christopher Nolan movies to last a lifetime. It saddens me that Nolan seems stuck on telling stories about men who, trapped in desperate circumstances, can find hope only in violent resistance. He knows that to fight is to get your hands dirty, but he seems to see no other meaningful way to live. I've grown tired of that vision. But I suspect that I will admire Memento more than ever next time I see it, because … [Read more...]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Be warned: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is very faithful to the book.That is to say, it chronicles on the big screen in vivid color the adventures of two individuals pumped full of drugs as they journey through Las Vegas and abuse tourists, residents, waitresses, each other, and themselves. They get high, they get higher, they get even higher, they get sick, they yell and break things, they vomit, and then they do it all again.In other words, this may not be the movie for you.But … [Read more...]

Oldboy (2005)

Park Chanwook, the Korean director currently winning fans with his hyperviolent stories of revenge, has clearly absorbed the techniques of great kung-fu filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, and other contemporary stylists like David Fincher. He knows how to dazzle you with visions of supreme “coolness.” He knows how to shock you. He knows how to make you squirm, and how to send the squeamish — and even many of the ironclad — running for the exits.So, does the hype generated by the … [Read more...]

“Sophie Scholl” Wins an Award from the Evangelical Press… Sorta.

How am I supposed to understand my purpose here when, regularly writing about movies that most evangelicals would never bother to watch, I'm suddenly given an Evangelical Press Award for reviewing a little-known foreign film directed by an atheist?Many thanks to the folks who enjoyed this review and gave me this honor. I'm surprised and delighted! … [Read more...]

So it continues: Are Christians a niche audience?

Readers are responding to my recent article at Christianity Today Movies: Christians as a Niche Market? … [Read more...]

On the Radio with Steve Brown, Kim Jeffries

Tune in to Steve Brown Etc.  We're talking about examining beauty, truth, and evil at the movies... and thus we're talking about Through a Screen Darkly.And later: Kim Jeffries at Along the Way. … [Read more...]


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