I’m in New Orleans, Mes Amis!

I'm in New Orleans for the first time, with a view of downtown and the river from the 18th floor of a fine establishment.There's an editors' conference here I'm attending with some of my colleagues, and let me tell you, it's a joy to see this place. My cab driver was full of passion for this city, and full of hope for its restoration. (He also didn't waste time explaining that the funds for restoring New Orleans were severely delayed because the Bush administration is punishing New Orleans … [Read more...]

Michael Leary on Terrence Malick’s “Badland” and “Days of Heaven”

film-think's Michael Leary has just posted thoughts on Terrence Malick's work in Badlands and Days of Heaven … [Read more...]

Have a Joyous Easter!

I imagine driving from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, to my grandparents' house. … [Read more...]

“We Call This Friday Good”

Thank you, Andy Whitman. And T.S. Eliot.Best words I've read all day. … [Read more...]

Big News for Auralia Coming Soon

Auralia's Colors is going into its second printing, and I received big news yesterday about an unexpected development for this book and the next. I'll have details as soon as they're official...In the meantime, if you liked the previous cover design better, grab it before it's gone from the stores.I've just received a new stash here, and so autographed copies are available once again. … [Read more...]

Did Richard Dawkins Just Crash the Party at a Screening of “Expelled”?

UPDATE 4/22:I'm so pleased with Greg Wright's balanced, non-hysterical review of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, that I've asked permission to repost it here at Looking Closer. Greg consented. Here's his review!UPDATE: 4/16:Comments for this post are closed now, due to misbehaving participants. But further discussion is getting started at Mark Shea's blog and at Arts and Faith.- - - - - - - - - - -ORIGINAL POST: Did Richard Dawkins just crash the party at a screening of … [Read more...]

Farewell to Paul Scofield

The great Paul Scofield, one of my favorite actors, has died.Here's a glimpse of his Oscar-winning turn in A Man for All Seasons:Watch for Scofield opposite Mel Gibson in Zefferlli's version of Hamlet, which I've always liked:Tributes are being collected at GreenCine Daily. … [Read more...]

The End is (in a Theater) Near (You)

Steven D. Greydanus is quoted in a new Wall Street Journal article on the current surge of apocalyptic movies.The article begins like this:On a recent Saturday night, I went to the movies. Walking past the theater showing "I Am Legend" (plague kills most of humanity), I opted to watch "Cloverfield" (inexplicably angry alien destroys Manhattan) instead. After sitting through back-to-back previews for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (ancient truce between Hell and Earth is revoked, resulting … [Read more...]

Farewell to Arthur C. Clarke and Anthony Minghella

Earlier today, I posted a link to a thought-provoking perspective on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's film based on an Arthur C. Clarke story.I have just learned that Clarke passed away today "from breathing problems." He was 90. There aren't many sci-fi visionaries like Clarke... and we need more.2001: A Space Odyssey was the film that first introduced me to the idea of cinema as poetry. It is still one of my favorite movies. Seeing a restoration of the work in Seattle's … [Read more...]

“The Bonofication of Christianity”

Don't miss this podcast of Dr. Jeff Keuss and Nigel Goodwin as they discuss Bono and his influence on Christian culture. … [Read more...]