The Day the Earth Took a Silly Walk

Scott Derrickson's The Day the Earth Stood Still becomes more and more interesting all the time.IGN is reporting that a very silly person is in talks to join the cast! Cleese will play physicist Dr. Barnhardt, a Nobel Prize laureate who plays a key part in figuring out the mission and meaning of the arrival of the alien Klaatu (played by Reeves). … [Read more...]

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

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This is a revised version of a capsule review that first appeared in a recap of favorite 2008 films, published at Image:•In 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu tells a terrifying tale of two university students, Otilia and Gabriela, whose mistakes lead to excruciating consequences.Gabriela (Laura Vasiliu) seeks an abortion, which is illegal in her part of the world. This is Romania, and it's 1987. She can't just purchase whatever she pleases. If she wants … [Read more...]

Scott Cairns in Seattle!

Scott Cairns Reading at Elliott Bay Book Co. Saturday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.Please join Image as poet, essayist, and Eastern Orthodox convert Scott Cairns reads from his new memoir Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven - A Pilgrimage, a chronicle of a unique midlife crisis manifested in the desperate need to seek out prayer.Provoked by the realization that his spiritual life was ‚Äúprogressing at a snail‚Äôs pace,‚Äù Cairns traveled to an Orthodox monastery on the Greek island … [Read more...]

How good is “Rambo”?

Anthony Sacramone, First Things: The Worst Film of 2008. . . . And I don't care that it's only January. . . . The violence in this shameless spectacle is so over the top it makes Apocalypto look like Gumby's Greatest Adventure. Rambo is nothing more than a sadistic gorefest: rife with disembowlments, beheadings, exploding bodies, severed limbs, tortured children, and raped and caged women. ... This film subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge. Thanks to Peter Chattaway and Steven … [Read more...]

Barack Obama Sets the Record Straight at Christianity Today

Barack Obama, interviewed at Christianity Today:I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn't 'fall out in church' as they say, but there was a very strong … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Heath Ledger Found Dead in His Apartment.

The New York Times has the developing story.Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment, apparently of a drug overdose. He was 28. … [Read more...]

Name a Character in Cyndere’s Midnight!

So, there's this monster in Cyndere's Midnight, the sequel to Auralia's Colors... … [Read more...]

Favorite Films of the Decade

Adam Walter's still in the mood for lists. So he's picking his favorite films of the DECADE.What are yours?I'm going to wait until my next break in the editing project. And then I'll come back to this post and share my own picks in answer to Adam's. So check back...[UPDATE]Okay...Here are my ten favorite films of this decade so far. These aren't necessarily the greatest works of art, but they are the films I'm enjoyed and recommended the most since 2000.The New … [Read more...]

Paprika (2006)

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This brief review of Paprika was originally published in Risen magazine.-In 2001, Hayao Miyazake’s Spirited Away won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and introduced the glory of Japanese animation to a much larger American audience.Unfortunately, some of Japan’s most extraordinary animators are still relatively unknown in the U.S. You probably haven’t heard of Satoshi Kon. And thus you’ve probably missed Paprika, which isn’t just the most imaginative animated film of last year — it’s … [Read more...]

Saturdays are Better with a Dash of Flannery O’Connor

I'm taking a break from my four-day editing marathon to give the editor in my head some rest.In the meantime, I'm meditating on a few quotations from Flannery O'Connor. … [Read more...]


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