Archives for January 2012

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." … [Read more...]

Happy 50th Anniversary, A Wrinkle in Time!

I just discovered that this month marks the important anniversary of one of my favorite books.And so, I recommend that everybody read this testimony about the book. ...Then, pre-order a copy of the 50th anniversary edition for a young reader that you know.••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Want to respond? Visit Jeffrey on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. … [Read more...]

Movies that the Vatican Doesn’t Want You to See…

Funny. … [Read more...]

The Artist (2011)

[This review was originally published at Filmwell.]•It happens every January — movie ads fill up with boasts about awards they’ve won. In a few days, those boasts will start to include Oscar nominations.And The Artist is currently the most boastful of all. Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius’s tribute to Hollywood’s silent film era is stirring up enthusiasm among audiences and critics alike.And The Artist looks to me like the right film to love right now, if you want to be cool, because … [Read more...]

Join the Search for Sylvia!

Well, Anne and I just had one of the most glorious movie dates of our 16 years together.I am exhausted with happiness. What a knockout of a film! Excuse me while I unleash my unedited, disorganized first impressions... … [Read more...]

Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine interviews Joe Henry in Image

The new issue of Image is out! Order yours today.In the meantime, you can get a preview online... … [Read more...]

A new blog, a new job, and a whole lot of learning. Welcome to Brainstorm.

What's new in 2012?Here's something...  … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2011

I didn't hear any records this year that filled me with a zeal to shout from the rooftops. (Last year's The Long Surrender by Over the Rhine did that, and it remains my favorite record of the last several years.)Nevertheless, 2011 was still a year full of extraordinary music. Here are a number of albums that I spent time with over and over again in the car while driving and under headphones while writing.... … [Read more...]