CTMovies: The Top 10 Most Redeeming Movies of 2007

Okay, here's the first of CTMovies' two annual movie lists... … [Read more...]

Auralia Around the World!

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Auralia's Colors has been inspiring some interesting responses from readers. Today, I received a package today from Vicki, an Auralia's Colors reader in Manila.Vicki works in Manila, but she was reading Auralia's Colors while traveling to a scientific conference in Taipei.This is the second time she's sent me an extravagant package. (She wrote in response to Through a Screen Darkly too.) What fun. It reminds me of receiving care packages from home after I moved from Portland to Seattle fo … [Read more...]

TitleTrakk interview

Kevin Lucia at TitleTrakk asked me some questions about Auralia's Colors. Like these: … [Read more...]

Del Toro in talks to direct The Hobbit.

Bilbo - Rankin Bass

¬†Wow. It's no longer just a rumor. Del Toro is in talks to direct The Hobbit!That pretty much seals the deal that it won't be anything like this...Previous posts:Who would you cast in The Hobbit?Who *should* direct The Hobbit?The trailer for Del Toro's next film: Hellboy 2.Del Toro expresses interest in The Hobbit. … [Read more...]

Jindabyne (2007)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today Movies.-Fishermen have a tendency to return from fishing trips with tales of "the big one that got away." But not Stewart Kane. No, he's come back from a weekend fishing trip with a very different story. And he'd rather keep it to himself than discuss it with his wife.In Ray Lawrence's new film Jindabyne, Stewart (Gabriel Byrne) and his buddies, Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis), and Billy (Simon Stone), venture out … [Read more...]

The Day the Earth Took a Silly Walk

Scott Derrickson's The Day the Earth Stood Still becomes more and more interesting all the time.IGN is reporting that a very silly person is in talks to join the cast! Cleese will play physicist Dr. Barnhardt, a Nobel Prize laureate who plays a key part in figuring out the mission and meaning of the arrival of the alien Klaatu (played by Reeves). … [Read more...]

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

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This is a revised version of a capsule review that first appeared in a recap of favorite 2008 films, published at Image:•In 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu tells a terrifying tale of two university students, Otilia and Gabriela, whose mistakes lead to excruciating consequences.Gabriela (Laura Vasiliu) seeks an abortion, which is illegal in her part of the world. This is Romania, and it's 1987. She can't just purchase whatever she pleases. If she wants … [Read more...]

Scott Cairns in Seattle!

Scott Cairns Reading at Elliott Bay Book Co. Saturday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.Please join Image as poet, essayist, and Eastern Orthodox convert Scott Cairns reads from his new memoir Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven - A Pilgrimage, a chronicle of a unique midlife crisis manifested in the desperate need to seek out prayer.Provoked by the realization that his spiritual life was ‚Äúprogressing at a snail‚Äôs pace,‚Äù Cairns traveled to an Orthodox monastery on the Greek island … [Read more...]

How good is “Rambo”?

Anthony Sacramone, First Things: The Worst Film of 2008. . . . And I don't care that it's only January. . . . The violence in this shameless spectacle is so over the top it makes Apocalypto look like Gumby's Greatest Adventure. Rambo is nothing more than a sadistic gorefest: rife with disembowlments, beheadings, exploding bodies, severed limbs, tortured children, and raped and caged women. ... This film subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge. Thanks to Peter Chattaway and Steven … [Read more...]

Barack Obama Sets the Record Straight at Christianity Today

Barack Obama, interviewed at Christianity Today:I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn't 'fall out in church' as they say, but there was a very strong … [Read more...]


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