Favorite Films of the Decade

Adam Walter's still in the mood for lists. So he's picking his favorite films of the DECADE.What are yours?I'm going to wait until my next break in the editing project. And then I'll come back to this post and share my own picks in answer to Adam's. So check back...[UPDATE]Okay...Here are my ten favorite films of this decade so far. These aren't necessarily the greatest works of art, but they are the films I'm enjoyed and recommended the most since 2000.The New … [Read more...]

Paprika (2006)

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This brief review of Paprika was originally published in Risen magazine.-In 2001, Hayao Miyazake’s Spirited Away won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and introduced the glory of Japanese animation to a much larger American audience.Unfortunately, some of Japan’s most extraordinary animators are still relatively unknown in the U.S. You probably haven’t heard of Satoshi Kon. And thus you’ve probably missed Paprika, which isn’t just the most imaginative animated film of last year — it’s … [Read more...]

Saturdays are Better with a Dash of Flannery O’Connor

I'm taking a break from my four-day editing marathon to give the editor in my head some rest.In the meantime, I'm meditating on a few quotations from Flannery O'Connor. … [Read more...]

Leigh Nash: Sixpence None the Richer is Reuniting

On her MySpace page, Leigh Nash makes it official: Literally a few hours before I was told my father had died, I met up with Matt (Sixpence band mate) for coffee. He got married back in May and had been in Italy for 6 months. I was looking forward to seeing him and hearing about their travels! While he was away we had both been thinking about the band and what we had all those years and what we took for granted. We were missing each other and the gift that I believe God gave us- I knew before … [Read more...]

Steven D. Greydanus’s Favorites of 2007

There is no film critic whose writing I enjoy more than Steven D. Greydanus, even though we sometimes have very different opinions of particular films. (There Will Be Blood, for instance, which didn't mean much to him, but my head is still spinning with all that I enjoyed about the film).When Greydanus gets passionate about a movie, that itself is an experience worth beholding. And when he shines the ultraviolet light on a beloved blockbuster to reveal its flaws and fractures, he leaves me … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips’ new set of "stormy, heartaching songs."

Performing Songwriter on Sam Phillips' Don't Do Anything, the album I'm most excited to hear in 2008: While Don't Do Anything retains elements of her early Beatles-inspired baroque pop and her more recent Euro-chanteuse folk, this self-produced (her first without Burnett) album is striking for its uncharacteristically dissonant sonic touches. The distorted guitars and crashing cymbals contrast intriguingly with her fragile, vulnerable vocals, yet they also fit with her lyrics‚ emotional t … [Read more...]

Morefield on “Negative Caricatures” of Christians at the Movies

Commenting on yesterday's entry about "positive portrayals" of Christianity on the big screen, my friend and colleague Ken Morefield gets inspired and blogs a strong opinion on the subject. Thanks, Ken!Among his sharp observations, I see that I'm not the only one to suggest that perhaps the "negative caricatures" of Christians we see on the big screen may occasionally have something to do with the fact that Christians often do behave publicly in despicable ways.(It's nice to have someone … [Read more...]

Peter Suderman on “Children of Men”… Again

I have occasionally revised, or completely rewritten, my review of a film simply because it took more than one viewing before I could see it clearly enough, and understand it deeply enough, to make a fair assessment.If I could take back the way I rated Spider-man 3 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at ChristianityTodayMovies.com, believe me, I would. (Instead of 3.5/4 stars, they'd each get 2.5-star ratings.)Peter Suderman wrote passionately about his … [Read more...]

In Two Weeks: “Auralia’s Colors” at Seattle Pacific University’s Library

"Food for Thought"You're invited to bring a brown-bag lunch into the Seattle Pacific University Library where I'll be reading from Auralia's Colors, talking about the series, and answering questions. Copies will be available for purchase.When: Thursday, January 31, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Where: Seattle Pacific University Library Reading Room, Main Floor … [Read more...]

Name 20 recent films that portray Christianity in a positive light

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I frequently receive mail from readers who argue that we should ignore "Hollywood's output" because of the ways in which Christians are negatively portrayed.If I dare answer by suggesting that some of these portrayals are actually fair -- even deserved -- I am quickly swamped by email telling me where I'll be spending eternity. (Hint: Not heaven.)But I know many Christians who are devoting their lives to developing meaningful art and entertainment. Yes, in Hollywood.And I frequently … [Read more...]


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