Through a Screen Darkly 2: Even Darklier

The curtain just went up on my new monthly column at Christianity Today Movies. It’s named after my “memoir of dangerous moviegoing.”


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  • pongman

    About The Island, you wrote,
    “The Island is one of the most provocative parables to reach American moviegoers in years.”
    After watching the movie and reading this, I was wondering what the story is a parable for. Who represents who/what? Even though I didn’t catch the parable part, I did love the movie and saw it twice! Thanks for finding the “diamonds in the rough.”

  • That may be… but then you don’t get to keep the movie. And the short film that comes with each release. And the extras…

  • facesunveiled

    Actually, it turns out that Netflix has an exclusive partnership with Film Movement, so maybe it’s ok. Read their press release here:

  • facesunveiled

    Not to discourage anyone from subscribing to Film Movement, since it sounds like a good company, but it looks like all of their movies become available as Netflix Watch Instantly titles after their public release.

  • facesunveiled

    I saw the headline and thought for a horrifying moment that you were praising the Michael Bay movie The Island. But this Russian Island sounds good. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

  • Timothy Grant

    Congrats Jeffrey. Based on your Tweet I posted a blog entry commemorating the occasion.

  • volck


    I’m delighted you wrote about The Island (AKA Ostrov), the movie which has been on my mind for weeks now, ever since I watched it twice through in short order. Superlatives miss the mark. For all its quiet lack of pretension, this is an astonishing film in every way.