Archives for February 2008

“Civilians” Appear in Christianity Today

Look for my review of Joe Henry's Civilians. on page 83 of the March 2008 issue of Christianity Today.I promised I'd post one a long, long time ago, and now it's finally out, but in print. (It'll probably pop up online soon.)You'll also notice on that same page that was chosen among the top sites about literature, faith, and art selected by Gregory Wolfe. (Image journal was also highlighted... but you knew that was one of Wolfe's favorites, didn't you?) … [Read more...]

Tonight: Auralia’s Colors in Mill Creek

TONIGHT (February 28) AT 7:00 p.m.,I'll be reading from Auralia's Colors at the Mill Creek Library.And you're invited. Yes, there will be copies for sale. Yes, admission is free. And yes, there will be a Q&A where you can ask me embarrassing questions like "If you could rewrite one line in the book, what would it be?" and "Is it true that you snuck in a reference to your college band?" and "Is it true you actually gave The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 3 1/2 stars when it first … [Read more...]

Save “Where the Wild Things Are”

Ain't It Cool has just posted the impassioned plea of a moviegoer who has seen Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.His plea? Save this beautiful movie, before the studio heads decide to dump it and replace it with something stupid!(Warning: There is some "spoilerish" content in his description of the film.)Here's an excerpt: Needless to say, this isn't a movie for children... it's a movie about childhood and the first fleeting moments where you start to become aware of the world … [Read more...]

The Other Journal on “Auralia’s Colors”

J. Paul Friedenmaker talked with me about Auralia's Colors, and it all ended up posted at The Other Journal! … [Read more...]

The Faith and Film Critics: Preparing the Best of 2007 Awards

Thanks to Ron Reed for making it public!This year's nominees for the best films of 2007 according to the Faith and Film Critics Circle are quite surprising! That is to say, when the critics were polled, their favorite narrative films did not include one of the titles you'd most expect to see there. You'll see what I mean in the list below. The winners will be announced next week.Who are the Faith and Film Critics Circle? Find out here.¬†I managed this endeavor for a while, an … [Read more...]

Why the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Oscar is a Joke

¬†Thanks to the Oscars, a few moviegoers will rush out to see The Counterfeiters, feeling adventurous for taking time out for the Best Foreign Language Film of the year. But here's a saddening bit of information: The award won by The Counterfeiters doesn't mean a thing.Why? … [Read more...]

Culture.ish discovers “Auralia’s Colors”

Thanks to reviewer Jason Panella for his thoughtful look at Auralia's Colors at Culture.ish. … [Read more...]

What Was It You Wanted?

¬†Jean Bethke Elshtain, in Books and Culture, contemplates Todd Haynes' film about Bob Dylan -- I'm Not There -- and Andrew Dominick's film about a different, but similarly enigmatic, hero -- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And she contemplates the resilient ghosts of both Dylan and James, digging deep into the questions we confront as we pursue both elusive figures. … [Read more...]

Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” to star Williams, Ruffalo, and… yes… DiCaprio

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting on Hollywood. So all is right with the world. And today, the HR site reports on Martin Scorsese, who appears to have a crowded calendar for '08.Alas, while I've been eagerly awaiting updates on Scorsese's adaptation of Shusaku Endo's Silence, it appears that another project has developed that will be filmed and released first: "Shutter Island"... is an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel that follows two U.S. marshals who are sent to a federal institution … [Read more...]

The Browser, Post-Oscar edition 2/25: Best Day Ever!, Critics picks, and Raymond Chandler

Thank you for making this the best day ever at Looking Closer. My blog stats inform me we've had a record number of visitors here in the last 24 hours, meaning that the Oscars proved a bigger deal than The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass controversy among Looking Closer readers.How do critics' picks differ from the Academy?Now, let's forget about the Academy for a moment. Let's look at the Best Films of 2007 according to those who *study* hundreds of movies every year. Here's … [Read more...]