Do You Find Reading to Be a Chore?

Is reading a chore for you? Do you find it difficult to sit and focus on a book for an hour? The following excerpt is from Deep Attention, Lauren Winner's thoughtful, thorough reflections on the new Alan Jacobs book The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction:  … [Read more...]

Thursday is Oscar Day at Seattle Pacific University

This Thursday at Seattle Pacific University, in the Library's "Thursday Food for Thought" program, I'll be sharing some thoughts on the nine films nominated for Best Picture in this year's Oscar race. … [Read more...]

Films About the Future

In the new issue of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, which is focused on matters of science, faith, and imagination, I recommend some of my favorite movies about the future.  … [Read more...]

What to Read on February 1st.

February 1 is the birthday of Anne M. Doe Overstreet. If you'd like to do something to celebrate, pick up a copy of her book Delicate Machinery Suspended and give it to yourself or someone who loves to read slowly. It comes highly recommended...  … [Read more...]

Lucky Life (2010)

Lucky Life is now streaming at Hulu, and my review is up at Good Letters, the blog at ImageJournal.org. … [Read more...]

Totally Traumatized by Tinker Tailor? There’s Help for That.

No, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not incomprehensible. Not at all. ...  … [Read more...]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – A Looking Closer Film Forum

A Looking Closer Film Forum is an evolving "conversation" among critics... a "round-table" review of perspectives from critics I regularly consult as I revise my list of viewing priorities. I haven't seen the film yet, but these reviews have intrigued me. Check back from time to time, as I may add more reviews to the list. Beasts of the Southern Wild Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere): "The passionately praised Beasts of the Southern Wild ... is everything its admirers have said it … [Read more...]

Your Lucky Day: Lucky Life is Finally Available. Watch It for Free!

One of my favorite movies of 2010 was Lucky Life. Never heard of it? I'm not surprised. It was never released in the U.S. It only played a couple of festivals, if I recall correctly. But it needs to be seen. It's the newest film by the director of 2007's awe-inspiring film Munyurangabo. You may remember that I was particularly excited about that film, and that I interviewed the director, Lee Isaac Chung. (The Interview: Part One, Part Two) Lucky Life arrived before The Tree of Life, and … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2001 (10 years later)

Listening to music is, for me, a treasure hunt. The whole journey is worthwhile, with highs and lows, unforgettable discoveries and a whole lot of unremarkable scenery. What I love most is an album that just keeps opening up, like a house full of secret doors, so that ten years later I'm still enjoying it like it's brand new. Here, for example, are ten albums from 2001 that I'm still playing frequently and finding new reasons to appreciate... … [Read more...]

The Trailer for the First of Two Major 2012 Films by Guys Named Anderson….

Part of me is saying, "Oh, brother. Wes Anderson's style is becoming so familiar that I couldn't tell the difference between a parody and the real thing." Another part of me is saying, "This looks like all kinds of fun." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s … [Read more...]