What Will the Coen Brothers Direct Next?

It's common knowledge that the Coen Brothers' next feature is Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Frances Macdormand. The synopsis from IMDB: "A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it."And then comes Hail Caesar, about a 1920's theater troupe staging a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. That stars Tim Blake Nelson.But what's this breaking news? The Coens will then jump into … [Read more...]

Specials: CT Readers Choose Best of ’07. The Passion of the Screenwriter. Is Juno Overrated?

Where does Evan Almighty rate higher than No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood? In the Readers' Choice Awards at Christianity Today Movies!(Earlier, the CT Movies Critics Choice awards.)- The Passion of the ScreenwriterA screenwriter sued Mel Gibson and his production company on Monday, claiming he was misled by the actor-director into accepting a small payment for writing "The Passion of the Christ," and was refused extra money when the film became a blockbuster. More … [Read more...]

Greenman Review!

At the distinguished fantasy-lit review site called The Greenman Review, Matthew Winslow has turned in a review of Auralia's Colors! … [Read more...]


What would Gandalf do?The Associated Press: Tolkien estate sues New Line Cinema … [Read more...]

Specials: Reepicheep. Indy trailer. Katherine Heigl. Philip Yancey.

Today's specials concern a mouse, an archaeologist, the star of Gray's Anatomy, and one of my favorite Christian writers... … [Read more...]

“National Treasure 2″ Versus “Persepolis”

Animation World Magazine features a dismaying and inspiring article (yes, both) by Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman about the acclaimed animated film Persepolis. Goodman ponders the reasons that this celebrated film it is not playing in multiplexes, whereas National Treasure 2 is. While Persepolis struggles to be shown in the smallest of art film houses, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets is smeared like celluloid scum across thousands of screens, insulting the intellect of millions. Oh, this film … [Read more...]

Thank You, John Alvin!

Why am I drawing attention to the death of John Alvin?Because as I look back over John Alvin's work, I find myself on a trip down memory lane to look at images that kindled my imagination, decorated my bedroom walls, lit up the inside of my school locker, and blazed on the covers of my notebooks over the years.Peruse the incredible career of John Alvin over at Ain't It Cool, and you just might realize that he meant something to you too! … [Read more...]

“Through a Screen Darkly” is One Year Old

It's been an interesting week.On Tuesday, I submitted Cyndere's Midnight, the sequel to Auralia's Colors, to the editors at WaterBrook Press. There's still some "trimming" and editing to do, but it's almost ready to go.Time flies when you're working a full-time desk job, writing movie reviews, and then spending six-to-seven hours in the evening (and all weekend) hunched over a hot laptop writing fiction.The difference between Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight will probably … [Read more...]

Staub, Wright, Spohr, and Me… It’s The Kindlings Muse on the Best Films of 2007!

Come on over to Hales Brewery, pour yourself a pint, and eavesdrop on my conversations with author Dick Staub and film critics Greg Wright and Jennie Spohr as we discuss our favorite films of 2007! … [Read more...]

When Will a Pixar Movie Win Best Picture?

Watch this, think back to the lasting excellence of Pixar's productions, and ask... what will it take for one of their films to be treated with the kind of respect Juno's receiving?More about Pixar's power here. … [Read more...]