Archives for October 2007

A Conversation with National Book Award Finalist Sara Zarr

Can we handle the truth?In Sara Zarr's first novel, Story of a Girl, one young woman's life is almost spoiled by the truth... at least when it comes to the details of her biggest mistake.When young Deanna's misguided adventure with an older boy in a car is exposed for all the world to see, she is forced to live with the consequences. Her peers, her community, her family... no one can meet her gaze in quite the same way again.But are the consequences appropriate for the crime? Why are … [Read more...]

Here We Go Again: Malick and “The Tree of Life”

I know, I know, I'm late to this party.But I'm not really. I reported on Terrence Malick's Tree of Life project ages ago, and was quickly corrected and informed that I was merely perpetuating rumors about a project that was abandoned long ago.Forgive me if I'm a little gun-shy on this: But now, news sources all over the place are reporting that Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are "in talks" to star in this mysterious endeavor, with Malick at the helm. I'm sure that many will start speculating … [Read more...]

The Nick and Josh Show

Lo and behold, my conversation with Nick (of the Nick and Josh Show) is now available for download.We talked about movies, Through a Screen Darkly, and then he asked me to share my impressions of a movie that clearly impressed him: Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain.I really enjoyed chatting with Nick, and I hope you enjoy the program. … [Read more...]

Looking Closer… looking back.

Moments like this just make me grateful to work with such thoughtful, brave, and dedicated collaborators. … [Read more...]

1:01 AM and I’ve Seen a Lot of Movies

I'm still here at the City of Angels Film Festival, held that the Directors Guild in L.A.I've had a marvelous time so far.It began with a reception for the festival's special guests, where I was deeply moved and flattered to receive the festival's 2007 Spiritus Award for my writing about movies over the last several years. Dr. Michael Gose of Pepperdine gave me such a gracious introduction that¬†I found it difficult to speak clearly when I¬†stepped up to the microphone.It's unset … [Read more...]

Thanks to “God and Culture” Show Host Paul Edwards

Many, many thanks to Paul Edwards for being a gracious host, generous with his time, and thoughtful with his questions on the God and Culture radio program in Detroit.You can listen in on our conversations... … [Read more...]

Prequel to Boring: Yawn Howard and Dan Brown, Together Again

You probably remember how, after all of the hype, The Da Vinci Code opened to enthusiastic cries of "Underwhelming!" and "Boring!"Yes, after all of the fright and hubbub amongst Christians who thought the movie might lay waste to the Christian church internationally, it turned out that all moviegoers needed to do was read the reviews to learn that the movie was a jumbo-sized, deep-fried turkey."So, heck," say the brilliant minds at Columbia Pictures, "why not round up the same team for a … [Read more...]

A New Interview with Bill Mallonee

I haven't read anything about the lead singer for Vigilantes of Love for a while. I met him at Cornerstone in 2003, and recorded an extensive interview. But my opportunity to publish it fell through, and it remains the best interview I've never published. Someday, I'll get around to transcribing it.I was deeply impressed by Mallonee's insight into the plight of the artist in a culture that prefers entertainment. And his stories about his own journey were both troubling (for what he's … [Read more...]

Many, many thanks to my three audiences during yesterday’s talk-a-thon!

I am dizzy and exhausted after yesterday's triathalon of speaking engagements...  … [Read more...]

Frederica Matthewes-Green on “Idiocracy”

Here's Frederica Matthewes-Green on one of those DVDs you might not want to miss. … [Read more...]