Archives for April 2008

“It is the birthday of Annie Dillard…”

I'm grateful to Garrison Keillor for reminding all of us that... … [Read more...]

The U2 Elevation Prayer

David Wainscott has just posted some interesting audio: An audio file of the prayer and blessing for U2's 2001 Elevation tour.And when you think about how that tour blessed so many, and about the ministry that the band had for those in New York after the attacks on September 11th... I don't think it's presumptuous to say those prayers were answered. … [Read more...]

Horton, Deckard, Sweeney, Amadeus, and a Red Balloon!

Free download!Listen to Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennifer Spohr -- and me! -- as we discuss Horton Hears a Who, Expelled, Snow Angels, Blade Runner, Sweeney Todd, Once, Amadeus, Flight of the Red Balloon, and Lady Jane on this month's Kindlings Muse movie podcast. … [Read more...]

End of “The Road” (in Pittsburgh, Anyway)

Working on his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, John Hillcoat has wrapped up filming in Pittsburgh and is moving on to Lake Erie, New Orleans, Mount St. Helens, and the Oregon coast. "The book had a huge impact on me, it affected me more deeply and more profoundly than almost anything I've ever read," Mr. Hillcoat said. "That's partly because I'm a father of a gorgeous 6-year-old boy" and mindful of what's happening in the world.Growing up in Canada in the 1970s, the native … [Read more...]

Del Toro Wants Puppets to Invade “The Hobbit”; Plus, Andy Whitman on Great Christian Rock Albums

At Arts and Faith, Peter Chattaway comes up with two interesting links on The Hobbit.The first one is an interview, in which Del Toro says things that make me want to cheer.The only thing I will be pushing for more in these films that the other three are full animatronics and animatronic creatures enhanced with CGI, as opposed to CGI creatures themselves. We really want to take the state-of-the-art animatronics and take a leap ten years into the future with the technology we will develop … [Read more...]

Stephen Lamb wraps up Calvin-fest coverage

Stephen Lamb is *still* blogging about that amazing Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing. He was able to attend the session I most wanted to see for myself. Alas, I was busy, so I'm copying Lamb's notes about a conversation between Kathleen Norris and Scott Cairns. Man, I wish I'd been there... … [Read more...]

Peter Chattaway Reviews “Expelled”

My friend and colleague Peter Chattaway has joined the growing list of Christian film critics who have very mixed feelings about Expelled: No Intelligence Necessary.His review is published at BC Christian News.He comments even further at his blog.Here are some memorable moments: … [Read more...]

What’s the Greatest Final Shot of a Feature film?

At Arts and Faith, Buckeye Jones asked a distracting question today:What's your all-time favorite closing shot of a movie?Here are a few of mine... … [Read more...]

Catapulting Auralia’s Colors

Many thanks to reviewer Jason Panella for this review of Auralia's Colors at Catapult. … [Read more...]

Wolfgang Petersen Quits Playing “Ender’s Game”

Here's today's Overstreet Quiz Question:Jeffrey Overstreet has nieces and nephews named after which of the following fantasy-novel characters?Ender of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game Daeneris of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Phinehas of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories Atreides - the family name of the messianic Paul in Frank Herbert's Dune Auralia of Jeffrey's own novel Auralia's ColorsMake your guess!And, while this should not influence your answer, … [Read more...]