Noteworthy moments in the Raven’s Ladder blog tours

Blog tours are interesting.You find readers who really "get" what you've written, who provide fascinating interpretations and useful criticism, and you find readers who really don't connect with your work. Sometimes you read criticism that leaves you puzzled.Here are a few moments from the Raven's Ladder blog tours I found interesting:S.J. Deal makes predictions here about what will happen in Book 4. He has some very perceptive ideas about the chapters I'm currently writing. Is he … [Read more...]

Gommorah (2009)

Portions of this reviews were previously published at the Image blog Good Letters.-Martin Scorsese was so impressed by Matteo Garrone's film about the Italian mafia, Gommora, that he stamped his name on it to attract a larger American audience.And yet, it’s so very different from any gangster epic that he, Francis Ford Coppola, or any American filmmakers have made. This isn’t a story about how a nobody worked his way up to become a monster, or about some charismatic bad guys who are f … [Read more...]

Reconsidering Basterds, and Catching Up with Rightwing Film Geek

Is it wise for me to tell you that my opinion of Inglourious Basterds has changed dramatically over the past few weeks?I don't have a review yet to back up that claim. I keep starting to write one, and then my thoughts and feelings continue to evolve. … [Read more...]

Killer of Sheep (1977, 2007)

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Filmed in 1977 as a thesis project on a budget of about $10,000, Charles Burnett's award-winning Killer of Sheep won an award in Berlin in 1981, and was among the first 50 films entered in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. The National Society of Film Critics named it one of 100 "essential films." And Andrew O'Hehir at Salon.com calls Burnett "the most important African-American director" and "one of the most distinctive filmmakers this country has ever produced."But this … [Read more...]

Memento (2001)

2013 Update: I haven't seen Memento in many years, but I feel that I have seen enough Christopher Nolan movies to last a lifetime. It saddens me that Nolan seems stuck on telling stories about men who, trapped in desperate circumstances, can find hope only in violent resistance. He knows that to fight is to get your hands dirty, but he seems to see no other meaningful way to live. I've grown tired of that vision. But I suspect that I will admire Memento more than ever next time I see it, because … [Read more...]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Be warned: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is very faithful to the book.That is to say, it chronicles on the big screen in vivid color the adventures of two individuals pumped full of drugs as they journey through Las Vegas and abuse tourists, residents, waitresses, each other, and themselves. They get high, they get higher, they get even higher, they get sick, they yell and break things, they vomit, and then they do it all again.In other words, this may not be the movie for you.But … [Read more...]

Oldboy (2005)

Park Chanwook, the Korean director currently winning fans with his hyperviolent stories of revenge, has clearly absorbed the techniques of great kung-fu filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, and other contemporary stylists like David Fincher. He knows how to dazzle you with visions of supreme “coolness.” He knows how to shock you. He knows how to make you squirm, and how to send the squeamish — and even many of the ironclad — running for the exits.So, does the hype generated by the … [Read more...]

Babel (2006)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today in October 2006.-It's bullet time at the movies. Martin Scorsese's cops and crooks are clashing are unleashing storms of bullets, and Clint Eastwood's Marines are firing more shots than anyone could hope to count. But in Alejandro González Iñárritu's new film Babel, a single gunshot causes an international crisis. It's a shot heard around the world, and one you won't forget anytime soon.Who is to blame for that shattering blas … [Read more...]

Little Children (2006)

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This review was originally published at Christianity Today in October 2006.-Ever watch moths fluttering around bright lights at night and ask yourself, "Don't they know that they'll burn themselves up?"And yet, so many of us play out the same sad drama. Restless with longing, we respond to dangerous temptations and indulge misguided passions. And then we — and sometimes our families — pay for it.This metaphor comes to vivid life in Todd Field's riveting new film Little Children. W … [Read more...]

In the Blue Corner . . . Movieguide! – a guest editorial by Tim Willson

Many thanks to Looking Closer reader Tim Willson for this editorial on some unethical practices at Movieguide. Here's Tim...[This editorial was originally posted at Looking Closer in 2004.] Christianity Today has been forced to defend itself after recently questioning the ethics of film critic Ted Baehr, founder of MovieGuide. A recent article generated considerable heat and a flurry of public and private communication, and even Pat Boone has weighed in on the subject, defending Baehr in a … [Read more...]


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