Beware the Seattle protesters…

You've heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests. You've heard about Oakland, and other cities in which protesters are stirring up trouble.But things are far worse. Check out this recent image...  … [Read more...]

Leonard Cohen’s secret

There is a new Leonard Cohen album coming in January. But even if there wasn't, this video would be enough to hold me for a while... … [Read more...]

The Gleaners and I (2000)

My review of The Gleaners and I is published at Good Letters, the daily blog at Image. … [Read more...]

It’s good to see that Tolkien is still hard at work.

What's that? Tolkien has come up with some new illustrations for The Hobbit? … [Read more...]

How to please the young readers in your life: How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life, the new novel by my favorite YA novelist, Sara Zarr, is now in stores. I highly recommend it as a gift for any young adult you know who is willing to sit down, open a book, and pay attention. (I understand that we're talking about an endangered species.)I've been following Sara's work since before her first novel was published, as we met in a fiction workshop in Santa Fe. It's been a joy to see her work embraced and celebrated. And I'm thrilled to have contributed a very … [Read more...]

Courageous (2011) – A Filmwell Film Forum review

I've had quite a few emails asking me for my opinion of the new film Courageous, from the makers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof.I haven't seen it. And based on what I've read from a lot of respectable sources, I doubt that I will.But I'm happy to serve up some of the most thoughtful responses I've seen... … [Read more...]

A Christmas gift idea

Christmas is coming.Pick up any of my five books to give as Christmas gifts, and I'll mail you the following as a no-charge bonus:  … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Anonymous; Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson; The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox; Woody Allen and Ethan Coen; Tom Waits; U2; Sara Zarr

Are you excited about Anonymous, the movie that's going to shock the world by revealing the shocking truth? No, me either. Check this out, from a New York Times take-down of the film: The most troubling thing about Anonymous is not that it turns Shakespeare into an illiterate money-grubber. It’s not even that England’s virgin Queen Elizabeth is turned into a wantonly promiscuous woman who is revealed to be both the lover and mother of de Vere. Rather, it’s that in making the case for de Vere, th … [Read more...]

Certified Copy (2010)

My review of Certified Copy, my favorite film of 2010, is up at Good Letters, the blog of Image. … [Read more...]

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

My review of Machine Gun Preacher is posted at Filmwell. … [Read more...]


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