Reading Letters and Blogs “Darkly”

Letters like this make my day. I hoped that the book would inspire people to meet together, watch great films, and discuss them. And it's happening. I continue to hear from people who are discovering the book and starting their own discussion groups. Here's one that came today: ... [M]y dad purchased your book for me and I read it over the summer while I was working as a counselor at a Christian camp. I cannot remember being so enamored of a book and eager to read since the first time I picked … [Read more...]

Wings of Desire (1987)

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When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions. Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end? ... Isn't what I see, hear, and smell just the mirage of a world before the world? ... How can it be that I, who am I, wasn't before I was, and that sometime I, the one I am, no longer will be the one I am? - Damiel in Wings of Desire The Criterion Collection has just polished up Wings of Desire — my favorite film … [Read more...]

Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” Seeks a Title

First came the announcement: The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper's classic novel of fantasy and adventure, was becoming a movie. Then came the trailer, and hopes quickly began to crumble. It looked awful. And the story had clearly been revised to be more "accessible," rewriting the particular context and characters of the book. … [Read more...]

There Will Be “There Will Be Blood”

At Hollywood Elsewhere, the buzz for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film is building... with some substance this time. My favorite American director. My favorite actor. I'm getting impatient. WHOAH! Here's a review by Marjorie Baumgarten at Variety. And lo and behold... Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood did the soundtrack!! Certain to be rewarded with year-end accolades, Anderson's film is a true American saga - one that rivals "Giant" and "Citizen Kane" in our popular lore as origin stories about … [Read more...]

Free Copy of Auralia’s Colors

SuperFastReader is hosting a giveaway of a signed copy of Auralia's Colors.  Your move. … [Read more...]

“Auralia’s Colors” Will Burst into Bellingham

Missed the Auralia's Colors readings? Here's another chance... I will be reading from Auralia's Colors, and paying tribute to the great Madeleine L'Engle, at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on Wendesday, November 28. The fun begins at 7 p.m.! So, come to the land of Luci Shaw... the festival in Fairhaven... and let's be thankful for fairy tales. Thanksgiving will last a little longer this year. … [Read more...]

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Y Tu Mama Tambien is being hyped as a "teen movie" for the arthouse crowd. Having seen it, I can say this without any doubt: while it is about teenagers, it is definitely not for teenagers. This is serious, and dangerous, artmaking — a story of two adolescent boys whose journey of sexual recklessness becomes a metaphor for political corruption in Mexico. The film contains some extremely explicit scenes of their lustful misbehavior. And while I think it goes too far in portraying … [Read more...]

“The Iraq war calls for some serious rethinking by Christians…”

David P. Gushee at Christianity Today considers "Our Teachable Moment." This month the President will receive reports from commanders in the field about whether the troop surge in Iraq is accomplishing its goals. Until now, he has resisted calls to reconsider his strategy or to begin a withdrawal, despite eroding public support for the war. Such deep public distress about the war makes this a teachable moment for all of us, as Christians and as Americans. It's not enough to find a way out of … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse on “Ratatouille,” “Bourne,” “King of Kong,” “This is England,” and More

Here it is, the first show of a new monthly podcast from The Kindlings Muse: A conversation between Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr, and me about the best films we've seen in recent months, and the most exciting new DVD releases. … [Read more...]

Hallelujah! Books Three and Four will be Real.

Tonight Anne and I read through the contract, line by line, for Books Three and Four of "The Auralia Thread." And then we signed it. This is so hard to believe. Auralia has her epic. Many, many thanks to Lee Hough, my agent, Shannon Hill and everybody at WaterBrook, and to all of you who are making Auralia's Colors "a contender." For years, I wondered if I'd ever get the chance to shift from focusing on other people's stories here at Looking Closer to sharing my own stories with you. … [Read more...]


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