Josh Jackson Interviews Sam Phillips

Josh Jackson interviewed Sam Phillips recently, right at the beginning of her tour of Borders bookstores. I'll be talking with her again soon for a special assignment I've been given. Can't wait. … [Read more...]

God and Hollywood: Have Movies Improved Since “The Passion of the Christ”

One week ago, beer-drinkin' believers gathered at Hale's Brewery in Seattle to discuss The Passion of the Christ, "faith-based filmmaking," and whether Mel Gibson's movie heralded a new era for Christian filmmaking (as so many believed it would), or a new era in mediocrity and proselytizing.Sorry, the beer's all gone. But the discussion still lives! Listen to Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr, and me as we talk it over and respond to challenging questions at The Kindlings Muse!Here's … [Read more...]

Statler and Waldorf – Heroes for Critics Everywhere

Were these the most influential role models of my childhood? … [Read more...]

Back Through a Screen Darkly…

As recent posts have raised some of the same questions that prompted me to write Through a Screen Darkly, I think I'll provide links to...The IntroductionChapter One: How a Camel Made a Grown Man Cry (PDF)Chapter Two: Viewer Discretion AdvisedI wrote this in order to take the time necessary to explore questions that are too complicated to address sufficiently in a blog post.It's been a joy to have this book welcomed by Christian universities and colleges and film studies … [Read more...]

Reader Mailstrom, 6/17

I'm chronicling memorable messages from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email. Most of these letters are real. Some of them may be amalgams of a variety of messages. Some of them are what I read between the lines of the things readers really wrote. Each installment of Reader Mailstrom will be updated over the course of the day, so check back to see if I've responded to you. … [Read more...]


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