Through a Screen Darkly, a consideration of art, entertainment, and faith, was published by Regal Books in 2007.Now, a book about pop culture by Martha Bayles bearing the same unlikely title has arrived here in 2014.I'm going to take that as a compliment. I took the Bible verse that says we see the glory of God "through a glass darkly" and applied it to how we can see the glory of God on a big screen. And in the age of Google, you'd think that a publisher would bother to take the time to … [Read more...]
Through a Screen Darkly by Martha Bayles is New. Through a Screen Darkly by That Other Cultural Critic is 7 Years Old!
Like Robert Redford in a storm-battered boat, seeking to survive one wave of trouble after another, I sailed on through 2013, striving to accomplish what I could under difficult conditions.And whaddaya know — I managed to have some memorable adventures in writing, speaking, and teaching in spite of everything.So I'm taking a moment to remind myself that it wasn't a wasted year, and that even though 90% of my energy went to coping with difficulties, I invested some of that last 10% in s … [Read more...]
It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome guest reviewer Lauren Wilford to Looking Closer, with a review of a film that made a strong impression on her: the new film from the director of Where the Wild Things Are. (I posted an "All Thumbs review" of this film last month, but you need a second opinion.) Thanks for sharing this, Lauren!•Depending on your perspective, Her has either an amazing elevator pitch or an awful one: “A guy falls in love with his iPhone.” There’s the reflexive reac … [Read more...]
It's a good day for fans of St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Rosanne Cash, Stephen Malkmus, and Sharon Jones. … [Read more...]
"What? You liked The Wolf of Wall Street? How could you possibly recommend such Hollywood muck? Such profanity! Such perversity! Such evil!"(Sigh.)Every year, there's at least one movie that stirs a lot of evangelical Christians into condemning that movie as evil when, in fact, the filmmakers' intentions were to zoom in and expose evil... the way doctors enlarge X-rays to expose cancer... so that we will be shocked by the reality of it, live in greater awareness about it, avoid it, and a … [Read more...]
My musical journey through 2014 begins with a bunch of my favorite artists together on one record performing Peter Gabriel covers. And right off the bat, I'm impressed. David Byrne's version of "I Don't Remember" is fantastic. … [Read more...]
In short, a conversation between a counselor and a recently paroled prisoner in a Las Vegas diner made a much bigger impression on this moviegoer than any comic book hero showdown, any fantasy roller-coaster ride, or any special-effects extravaganza in outer space.It was a year characterized by box-office-busting exhibitions of excess. Consider the bloated, ludicrous, and unapologetically unfaithful ruination of The Hobbit; the Superman movie in which the "hero" contributed to massive … [Read more...]