Another Post About “Juno”

I saw Juno again last night.And I went from liking it to loving it. It really is something special... and I'm not going to complain about Paste magazine picking it as their #1 movie of the year. It's not my #1 movie of the year, but it deserves a big audience and a heap of praise. It's the best thing showing at the multiplex this weekend. It's not for kids, but for discerning adults, it's a surprisingly tender-hearted comedy about teen pregnancy, family, true love, and orange … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse: A conversation about… yeah, you guessed it…

Okay, my apologies to those who are sick of hearing about The Golden Compass. … [Read more...]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Podcast

Nuclearity has just posted a very special podcast. I had the privilege of contributing to this, but that's not why I'm linking to it. I was moved as I listened to a wide variety of people share their views on why A Charlie Brown Christmas stands apart as a treasure of holiday storytelling.Take a few minutes and listen to this remarkable program.[2013 UPDATE: The recording has been moved to this location.]The other guests include:Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to … [Read more...]

Juno (2007)

An abridged version of this review was originally published in Risen Magazine.-Knocked Up, Waitress, Bella, and the internationally celebrated "masterpiece" 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days… yes, 2007 is officially The Year of the Unexpected Pregnancy.And now, here comes Jason Reitman's Juno, a comedy about a high-school girl whose sexual experimentation has left her pregnant and confused.What's going on? Is Juno just another movie in this unlikely trend? … [Read more...]

The Golden Compass (2007)

Finished with their phenomenal Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema needed another series, something with box-office promise. Harry Potter and the Narnia chronicles were already spoken for. So they seized the next-best thing: Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials.The first movie, The Golden Compass, is full of dazzling spectacles. Director Chris Weitz conjures awe-inspiring environments and fantastic creatures that recall Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth movies. And, … [Read more...]

Free Download: Ken Myers and Alan Jacobs Discuss “The Golden Compass”

Check out this free Mars Hill Audio download of Ken Myers talking with literary critic Alan Jacobs about Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass.There are a lot of hysterical Christians out there speaking in ignorance about Pullman's books and the upcoming film. But there are also some Christians offering perceptive examinations of the stories... at least as perceptive, if not more so, than any other reviews yet published. See what you think of Jacobs' perspective. (You'll also find his review … [Read more...]

Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” – A Review by Josh Hurst

As I'm so busy revising the sequel to Auralia's Colors in preparation for a Fall '08 release, I've fallen behind on my music reviews.So I've invited Josh Hurst, one of the most enthusiastic and thoughtful listeners I know, to fill the gap for a bit, and he's generously agreed. Here's his review of one of my favorite albums of 2007. (I'm working on my "favorites" list for the year, and hope to publish it on the last day of 2007.)If you've written or read any interesting perspectives on … [Read more...]

Best Day Ever?

Thanks, everybody, for making today, Tuesday, December 4, the busiest day ever at this blog!My stat counter just updated, and today's visitor total is the highest ever (and still counting!) … [Read more...]

Hope

Thanks to Jim Janknegt for sharing this, from paragraph 35 of Pope Benedict's latest encyclical: "All serious and upright human conduct is hope in action. This is so first of all in the sense that we thereby strive to realize our lesser and greater hopes, to complete this or that task which is important for our onward journey, or we work towards a brighter and more humane world so as to open doors into the future. Yet our daily efforts in pursuing our own lives and in working for the world's … [Read more...]

Rotten Tomatoes: “Golden Compass” is “Confusing and Meaningless”

Embargo, schembargo...The mainstream critics are signing in:Michelle Orange, Village Voice: In drawing and quartering much of the novel's intent, Weitz ends up with a film that feels not just unfinished but undone. Nick Schager, Slant Magazine Weitz crams his story full of magical terms and concepts with a rapidity that leaves things confusing and thus meaningless. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon: I can think of no more dispiriting experience this holiday season than seeing the … [Read more...]


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