Archives for January 2009

U2’s New Single Lets Us In the Sound

WARNING: This post is written by an unapologetic U2 fanboy. Extreme enthusiasm ahead.UPDATE: Here's Ann Powers in the LA Times considering the new song.I've just listened to "Get On Your Boots" about five times through after buying it from iTunes.It showed up at the iTunes Store for a very short time tonight, and now the Search that I used to find it isn't working anymore. (I'm sure it'll be back up there soon.)Anyway... in my humble opinion, the song is a lightning bolt of … [Read more...]

Andrew Wyeth, remembered by Michael Kimmelman

The famous American painted Andrew Wyeth died today at 91.Kimmelman writes:Wyeth gave America a prim and flinty view of Puritan rectitude, starchily sentimental, through parched gray and brown pictures of spooky frame houses, desiccated fields, deserted beaches, circling buzzards and craggy-faced New Englanders. A virtual Rorschach test for American culture during the better part of the last century, Wyeth split public opinion as vigorously as, and probably even more so than, any other … [Read more...]

McCormack on U2’s new album

Neil McCormick on U2's No Line on the Horizon: So what can I tell you without infringing copyright? It took two listens to find my way into it, which has to be good a thing. It is dense, twisty, shiny, modern pop music, a big mash up of Eno ambience, Edge electricity, rhythm and soul. There are verses and choruses, though not necessarily in that order (and quite often its hard to tell which is which). It doesn't feel the need to hit you over the head, but has the Ninja confidence to sneak up … [Read more...]

Response Time!

At long last, the new issue of Response is here.Yes, this is what I do at my day job. All day, almost every day. I work with an amazing and inspiring team of writers, editors, photographers, and freelancers. It looks like a university marketing piece, but that's far too narrow a definition for it. It's a magazine about faith, culture, and every discipline that students at SPU explore. It's not about us -- it's about the world, as seen through the eyes of folks at Seattle Pacific.I get … [Read more...]

Browser: Scott Cairns. “Fireproof.” “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

A new Scott Cairns poem is posted at the Denver Literary Examiner, one of several included in the new issue of Poetry. Cairns also has new poems in the new 20th anniversary issue of Image.-Did the recent movie Fireproof inspire you or change your life?Have you been waiting for me to publish a review of it?If so, forgive me. I missed a lot of movies in 2008, and that was one of them.I was recently informed that, since I write reviews for Christian readers, Christian readers … [Read more...]

Preach It, Andrew Stanton!

Andrew Stanton, writer/director of WALL•E, accepting the award for Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association last night: It's huge for us, huge. We've been trying since Toy Story to just make a film, and not have the word animated suddenly stick it in a different box. I mean to us, it's no different than choosing black and white or color on something. So, that shouldn't dictate the content. And, it's nice to just finally break the glass ceiling. … [Read more...]

New York, New York: New Thoughts from Bono

Bono's started work in his new job... columnist for the New York Times. And I like the first installment. … [Read more...]

Hello, Chicago!

If you were listening to WMBI in Chicago this afternoon, and go my invitation to come visit me here at welcome!You heard me talking about my favorite films of 2008, but hey... I only scratched the surface. I talked about Man on Wire, and Rachel Getting Married (which I just added to the list). But there are many more films that slipped by moviegoers quietly last year.Here's the (updated) list of my favorites from 2008.And thanks for listening to Steve Hiller on … [Read more...]

Browser: Lennon. R.E.M. ’09 films. Best Song Sequences. U2. Death of a Newspaper?

1.A new film about John Lennon is in the works from the makers of Control. Story here. And here we learn that Kristin Scott Thomas will be in it.2.Paste is cooking up one heckuva tribute show for R.E.M, featuring many special guests like Patti Smith and The Apples in Stereo. And the house band? Calexico. How many kinds of awesome is that? Seems like the music world is rallying behind R.E.M. these days. Hopefully it will help them re-start their engine and put out a good record again. … [Read more...]

Strange Critical Behaviors, Case 120809a

Whenever I ask a question about the strange behaviors of critics and their tendency to write things that exalt their own discernment, I point that shotgun right at myself. … [Read more...]