Where Is My Tree of Life Review?

A lot of folks have been asking why I haven't posted my review of Terrence Malick's new, Palme d'Or-winning film The Tree of Life.I appreciate the enthusiasm. My zeal for Malick's film The New World may have created the impression that my life comes to a standstill when the reclusive director releases a new film. But that's overstating it. I admire all of Malick's films, yes, but I only feel a great passion for The New World. I've been eager to see The Tree of Life, but the trailer made me … [Read more...]

How The Muppet Movie Inspired My Childhood, and How It’s Saving My Endangered Imagination Today

Today is Kermit the Frog's 56th birthday!I just found out, and I'm surprised. Because I just finished a series of blog posts about Kermit and his extraordinary big-screen debut, The Muppet Movie.The more I replay The Muppet Movie in my mind (I memorized the movie word for word when I was a kid), the more I realize how much it has influenced my life. It's kind of a miraculous little movie. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Blog About The Ale Boy’s Feast

There have been some wonderfully encouraging reviews and blog entries about The Ale Boy's Feast. (I'm particularly grateful for these posts by Robert Joustra, Lindsay Stallones, and Rachel Starr Thomson.)There have been some very silly ones too, including one from a blogger who declared that I must never have taken a creative writing class in my life.But a picture is worth a thousand words, so you've got to see this... … [Read more...]

In View of Sunday’s Night’s Breaking News…

In view of what Americans are learning tonight about the killing of America's #1 most wanted enemy, and in view of the uproar that's sure to ensue...I hear the call of Micah 6:8:"He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."I want my heart to hope that all people, from the most respected to the most criminal, come to know God's mercy. For we all deserve judgment.And also … [Read more...]


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