Archives for July 2008

Stephen Lamb reports on Sixpence None the Richer’s live show

Thanks to Stephen Lamb for writing up this report for Looking Closer on Sixpence live! … [Read more...]

Bad, Bad Restaurant!

So I went to the Sound View Cafe in Seattle's Pike Place Market today, where I have spent many afternoons over the last decade sipping coffee, eating desserts, and writing in my journal, or on my laptop. … [Read more...]

Do Del Toro’s Creatures believe in Jesus Christ?

No. But the actor who plays so many of them does. … [Read more...]

Many Thanks to the Christy Award Judges. (Updated. What *is* Christian fiction, anyway?)

Many thanks, again, to those who chose the nominees for this year's Christy Awards. I'm told it is a rare honor to have a book nominated in two categories, and this year, Auralia's Colors was nominated for Best First Novel and "Visionary" (best fantasy novel). I am still recovering from the surprise.(UPDATE: The judges decided that Stephen R. Lawhead's Scarlet was the year's best Christian fantasy novel, and that The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello was the best first novel in Christian … [Read more...]

Browser, 6/11: Radiohead w/lasers!; My Chat with Kim Ketola; “WALL-E”; “Where the Wild Things Are”; Outlandish Outlander; Sixpence None the Richer; E.B. White

Radiohead laser showThe new Radiohead video didn't use any cameras. It used lasers.And now, I challenge you to fill in the blank with something that would catch everyone by surprise. For their next video... Radiohead won't use any cameras. They'll use __________________.Thanks to my good friend Henrik Lind for the link!-Hellboy 2, WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda, Get Smart, and My Kid Could Paint ThatMy latest live-radio chat about new releases with Kim Ketola on "Along the Way" is … [Read more...]

Film Forum and My Review of “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

This is collection of reviews that I found interesting and helpful. The collection will be revised as I find more notable assessments online. Feel free to submit more reviews, or even your own, in the comments below.HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMYWith his newest fantasy, Guillermo Del Toro has earned a place at the table with Jim Henson, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and Hayao Miyazaki as one of the big screen's most imaginative inventors of new worlds. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is far … [Read more...]

Reader Mail: “The Shack”; Sixpence’s Christmas; “My Kid Could Paint That”; “Sex and the City ” Claims Another Victim.

Ted writes: What's your opinion of The Shack? I'm disturbed by the fact that so many Christians are buying a book that portrays God as a woman. It's dangerous to expose ourselves to books that preach a false theology. … [Read more...]

Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” Series: Good for Teens? For Anybody?

The books of Stephenie Meyer are appearing on bookshelves everywhere I turn. And her latest, The Host, is on Anne's nightstand. There's a movie of Twilight on the way. Vampire sagas are a dime a dozen these days, and it'll take some serious persuasion to convince me to give this a try. Even Joss Whedon's bloodsuckers never made a fan of me. But I am getting curious. What do you think of Meyer's work?Christ and Pop Culture has a commentary up today.  … [Read more...]

Robert Downey Jr. is… Sherlock Holmes.

What was rumor is now confirmed. Robert Downey Jr. will play Sherlock Holmes for director Guy Ritchie, reports Variety.Hmmmm.I love Downey, Jr. But ... Holmes? Really?Who would *you* cast as Holmes? … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on Hellboy and Other Movie Demons

Steven D. Greydanus prepares the audience for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army by reminding us that wicked monsters may point us toward the truth... and that sometimes it's easier for us to comprehend demons than angels. "Believe it or not, he's the good guy."So proclaims the tagline for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, opening in theaters this week.Well, he definitely needs explaining. With his horns —filed to stumps or not — as well as his red skin, goatee and tail, Hellboy overtly embodies uni … [Read more...]