“Funny Games,” “The Passion of the Christ,” and Dirty Harry

I should post this as a follow-up to my previous question: "Does anybody want to defend Michael Haneke's Funny Games?"Thanks to Chattaway for finding this article by Gabriel McKee at Religion Dispatches: … [Read more...]

Anyone want to defend "Funny Games"?

¬†Michael Haneke's Code Unknown is among my all-time top ten favorite films. Cache and Time of the Wolf are favorites also. But I can't bring myself to go see Funny Games when it's getting reviews like these. … [Read more...]

Eddie Izzard in NYT

My favorite comedian is featured today in The New York Times. Best article about him I've seen since he was interviewed by Bono for The Independent. … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Colors – A Second Printing, A New Look

Auralia's Colors is coming back to bookstores in April as it enters its second printing.It has a revised cover.And it will come with a preview chapter from Cyndere's Midnight.If you go looking for it in Barnes and Noble in April, you may be pleasantly surprised. You may find it featured on the Buy 2 Get 1 Free table. For a bargain, you can pick up a copy, and two extras to give as gifts.Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Best Movie Review of 2008? Most Likely!

¬†You're not likely to read a more enjoyable and hilarious movie review all year than this one...Steven Greydanus serves up a rhyming extravaganza in praise of Horton Hears a Who. … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss “Longford”

Looking for a great movie to rent this weekend?Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Andy Serkis... Longford.Check it out. Here's my capsule review. … [Read more...]

Actress Samantha Morton’s Greatest Triumph

Wow.  (A tip of the hat to GreenCine Daily.) … [Read more...]

Time to Give the Arthur Legends Another Big-Screen Try?

Will anyone ever get it right?Galahad looks to be the next movie drawn from the adventures of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. … [Read more...]

Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I'm loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.Check out A.G. Harmon's skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.And Lukas Kwong's excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono's example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model? … [Read more...]

Back from Laity Lodge

Laity Lodge is just as remote and beautiful as I was told. Anne and I enjoyed an inspiring weekend of food, conversation, reading, and movies with dear old friends and inspiring new friends. I spoke about that turbulent territory where faith and filmmaking intersect, and then I shared two films that inspired good conversations: The Station Agent, and Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Anne gave a poetry reading, just one of several delightful readings by the guests.(Hey Martin, I got to know … [Read more...]