What Does Movieguide Really Want?

At Christ and Pop Culture, Movieguide reportedly has "the last word."Here's what they want: We support a return to the Moral Code of Decency and the vetting of all scripts for movies going to public theater and DVD retail within 20 years, if not in 3-5 years. That would probably include the elimination of all R-rated and NC-17 content as well as most PG-13 content. We also look forward to Christian/biblical hegemony within the industry. If this ministry had much more support, our progress … [Read more...]

Michael Leary’s Film-think; “No Country” Re-examined

Nobody I know takes the question "What is Christian film criticism?" more seriously than Michael Leary. And so I'm thrilled to find him starting up a new site ... film-think where he's posting his thoughts on movies.Check out recent posts on … [Read more...]

Beauty! Beauty! Beauty!

Contrary to what some of the reviews have claimed, I am not writing The Auralia Thread to preach a message, to allegorize the Gospel, or to entertain. I wrote Auralia's Colors because it gave me a way to explore the powerful mystery of Beauty.Storytelling gives me a way to ask, in all kinds of ways, why I am drawn again and again to beauty, nourished by it, transformed by it... if the world is a meaningless accident. And Cyndere's Midnight is proving to be another worthwhile journey for me … [Read more...]

The Best Films of 2007 – according to the Faith and Film Critics Circle

Ratatouille, Into Great Silence, Lars and the Real Girl and... yes... There Will Be Blood all won awards in the Faith and Film Critics Circle awards for 2007, announced yesterday at The Matthews House Project.There were also ties in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress contests.Discover the winners here. (Go to "Announcing the Best of 2007.")Which critics voted in the final round?Steven GreydanusRob JohnstonCatherine BarsottiGreg Wr … [Read more...]

Gregory Wolfe on William F. Buckley, Jr.

At the new Image blog, Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image, eulogizes William F. Buckley Jr., who happened to be his "first boss." … [Read more...]

100 Writers of Faith

Thanks to the folks at Image for this: … [Read more...]

Brad Bird, Master of “Ratatouille,” “The Incredibles,” and “The Iron Giant,” Goes Back to 1906

Here's Paste on what may be Pixar's first live-action movie... 1906. … [Read more...]

Is “There Will Be Blood” Anti-Christian?

I've been trying to ignore this, but Movieguide's Ted Baehr just keeps bashing away at Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood for being "anti-Christian," and for including "one of the worst, most superficial stereotype of Christian preachers ever put on film."(Similarly, Barbara Nicolosi slammed the movie in a post called "There Will Be Bigotry", which you can find in her archive here... but you have to scroll down a bit. The 105-comment discussion connected to it became rather lively … [Read more...]

“Civilians” Appear in Christianity Today

Look for my review of Joe Henry's Civilians. on page 83 of the March 2008 issue of Christianity Today.I promised I'd post one a long, long time ago, and now it's finally out, but in print. (It'll probably pop up online soon.)You'll also notice on that same page that ArtsandFaith.com was chosen among the top sites about literature, faith, and art selected by Gregory Wolfe. (Image journal was also highlighted... but you knew that was one of Wolfe's favorites, didn't you?) … [Read more...]

Tonight: Auralia’s Colors in Mill Creek

TONIGHT (February 28) AT 7:00 p.m.,I'll be reading from Auralia's Colors at the Mill Creek Library.And you're invited. Yes, there will be copies for sale. Yes, admission is free. And yes, there will be a Q&A where you can ask me embarrassing questions like "If you could rewrite one line in the book, what would it be?" and "Is it true that you snuck in a reference to your college band?" and "Is it true you actually gave The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 3 1/2 stars when it first … [Read more...]


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