Jane Eyre (2011)

My review of Jane Eyre, the 2011 film by Cary Fukanaga, is posted on the Good Letters blog at Image. … [Read more...]

See You on Friday, Chicago!

Last time I saw Chicago, it was 2003 and my mind was on the Cornerstone Festival, several hours west of the city.On Thursday evening, I'll arrive in Chicago again... … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: One of those movies we need, but few people really want.

I finally saw Of Gods and Men.The film received a rave review from my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, so it's been high on my list of must-see priorities.I'm so glad I spent a Saturday afternoon and eight bucks on it.It's a quiet, powerful film, profound and inspiring in its picture of faithful Christians. It may not be as poetic as, say, Babette's Feast, nor does it have a complex visual vocabulary like Ordet. It provides sufficient tours of the characters' surroundings to … [Read more...]

Gift Basket Giveaway: Win All Four Auralia Thread Novels, a Map, and a Teleidoscope!

Here are the details... … [Read more...]

Raise a Glass to Today’s Birthday Girl!

Our response to life is different if we have been taught only a definition of faith than if we have trembled with Abraham as he held a knife over Isaac. Who said that? … [Read more...]

Fingertips: This Week’s Moviegoing; Tom McCarthy and “Win Win”; Narnia; L’Engle; Lent; Rob Bell

What movies did I see this week?  … [Read more...]

Give Us Somebody We Can Blast Into Pieces!

Anthony Lane on Battle: Los Angeles: … [Read more...]

Iambic Interview: “Who Influenced The Auralia Thread?” “Why Is Fantasy So Popular?”

At the blog Iambic Admonit, I've been interviewed about The Auralia Thread and the state of modern moviegoing. This was a challenging interview: I could have written an essay for almost every question, including... … [Read more...]

What the Oscars Overlooked

Let's revisit the ten films that earned Best Picture nominations. What did they really have to offer? … [Read more...]

“Only a Lover Can Be a Critic.”

Growing up, I loved Siskel & Ebert & The Movies, because unlike the entertainment reporters and talk-show hosts that aired earlier in the day, Siskel and Ebert talked about films. They weren't concerned with gossip or awards or politics. They focused on movies, pure and simple. They argued a film's merits and deficiencies. They praised good stories and lambasted bad ones. They knew what they liked and didn't like, and they had the ability to explain why. From Siskel and Ebert, I began to … [Read more...]


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