Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Five years ago this week, I was so excited about seeing Harrison Ford return to the role of Indiana Jones — and even more excited about seeing Karen Allen return to the role of Marion Ravenwood — that I had a great time watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.Sure, it was disappointing in some ways. But I was so glad to be in the company of Indy and Marion that I gave the film a very positive rating and hastily turned in my review to Christianity Today.Then I saw the f … [Read more...]

You Be the Judge of What’s Funny

Today, The New Yorker published the finalists for this week's cartoon caption contest... … [Read more...]

Hey, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and Ang Lee: What’s Your Verdict?

Name That Coen Brothers Movie. (Hint: It won an award at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.)

What film prize means more to filmmakers around the world than an Oscar?That prize was given to another film today.And most American moviegoers — munching popcorn and slurping corn syrup this holiday weekend as they watch disposable, factory-made films like Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, or Epic —  won't even notice that it happened. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

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If I want to read about a giant on the musical landscape, a towering presence like Bob Dylan, then I turn to a music enthusiast with the knowledge, the experience, and the eloquence to do the subject justice.Andy Whitman is the kind of writer for whom a Facebook post is often an event worth publishing.So, with his permission, that's what I'm doing today — sharing a Facebook post.Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Friday's birthday boy, here's Andy Whitman's Facebook post about the man … [Read more...]

I Love Luci

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I've been basking in the summery glow of new music from Sam Phillips and reminiscing about what happened two years ago.In 2011, Sam Phillips visited Seattle, and was honored with the eighth annual Denise Levertov Award.She performed a few songs, paused for an onstage interview by yours truly, and then performed again. It was a thrill to share the stage with a singer and songwriter who has inspired me, album after album, song after song, since I was 16 years old.But I would have been … [Read more...]

Podcast: What Do Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, and Jay Gatsby Have in Common?

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Two posts back, I gave you a challenge: Close your eyes. If I say the word “masculine,” who is the first familiar face that you see? Who’s the man?Last week, I had the honor of joining Dr. Jeff Keuss, Dr. Christine Chaney, Carlo Nakar, and show host Jennie Spohr for another evening of lively discussion at The Kindlings Muse. Before a live audience at Hale's Ales Pub and Brewery, we talked about masculinity, action heroes, and who we consider to be the manliest of them all.I won't spoil it … [Read more...]

Iron Man 3 (2013): An All-Thumbs Review

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The following is a review of Iron Man 3 ... in fiction. It's the second installment in the new series I'm calling All Thumbs Video.The first installment featured a small cast of characters arguing about Terrence Malick's To the Wonder. Now, some of them have returned, and a few new characters have stepped in. They've just been to a sneak preview of Iron Man 3, and they don't agree about what they saw.My thoughts about the movie? I have mixed feelings, and I've stirred them into the … [Read more...]


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