“Bridge to Terabithia” and Author Katherine Paterson

Walden Media's upcoming adventure Bridge to Terabithia looks intriguing. I haven't read Paterson's work yet, but an interview she did for Books and Culture several years ago has stuck with me because of the passionate way she spoke about the role of the Christian artist... Access to the full article requires a subscription to the CT library (an investment that will reward you above and beyond your expectations, by the way). … [Read more...]

From Christianity Today‘s Review of "Through a Screen Darkly"

So... tonight I learned that Christianity Today reviewed Through a Screen Darkly three weeks ago, and I didn't know about it until today! How did I miss that? Kind of strange, considering I write for them. But, well... wow! Cool!Many thanks to Eric Miller for this generous, surprising review. Here are a couple of excerpts... … [Read more...]

A Conversation with Darren Aronofsky, Director of “The Fountain”

[This interview was originally published at Christianity Today on November 20, 2006.]In Darren Aronofsky's ambitious, unusual science fiction film The Fountain (opening Friday), a husband must come to terms with his wife's mortality. As Tom watches Izzy suffer the debilitating effects of a growing brain tumor, he leads a frantic scientific endeavor to find a cure. But she responds differently, chronicling her feelings in a historical novel about the queen of Spain.Both their daily … [Read more...]

A Piece of the Front Cover

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This is the work of an artist named Kristopher Orr. Wait until you see the illustration he's crafted that goes with it... … [Read more...]

Crosswalk’s Christian Hamaker on “Pan’s Labyrinth”

I went to see Pan's Labyrinth a second time last week, and was completely blown away. I nudged it up a notch on my Top 25 of 2006 (breaking the tie with Children of Men). And I'm considering bumping it up another step. It is magnificent.Anne (who I married partly because she has the most impressive fantasy-lit library I've ever seen, and she loves fairy tales more than almost any grownup I know) loved it too. And so did our good friend Wayne Proctor, with whom I've discussed the glories of … [Read more...]

Lynch, God, Termites

I just had to chuckle over this abrupt shift from one question to the next in The Stranger's interview with David Lynch... The ideas of good and evil as portrayed in your movies lead me to ask if you believe in God.For sure. But… I do, but it’s probably not a man on a throne.My 9-year-old read me this from a magazine yesterday, and I thought of you—the fact that the weight of all the termites in the world is heavier than all the humans. But you never see them, they’re under the surface … [Read more...]

Lynched in Seattle

"We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream. This is true for the entire universe."- a quote from the Aitareya Upanishad, read by David Lynch before introducing Inland Empire to a Seattle audience On Wednesday night, I took a seat in Seattle's magnificent Cinerama theater and braced myself as David Lynch took the stage in front of the city's biggest screen.He welcomed us, and then announced that … [Read more...]

Death of an Angel

I've just learned that Solveig Dommartin, the otherworldly beauty who brought an angel down to earth, and who found wings of her own, in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (my favorite film), died of a heart attack on January 11.She was 45 years old. … [Read more...]

“Through a Screen Darkly” – An Evening of Celebration and Gratitude

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Last night, Linda Wagner (right) and her husband Larry (taking the picture) joined Anne and me for a late, celebratory dinner at Saltoro in Shoreline, Washington. We were celebrating, as you can see, the arrival of several big boxes of books... copies of Through a Screen Darkly.It was Linda who first approached me at Seattle Pacific University in 1995 to invite me to join a writer's group, and who co-edited an arts magazine with me called The Crossing for several years after that. For all of … [Read more...]

“New World” Dialogue

There's a wonderful, insightful conversation here between two thoughtful moviegoers about The New World, and why it's such a special film. This podcast is almost a year old, but I really enjoyed it. Worth the time... especially for the section about who they'd like to watch interact with Terrence Malick in a bowling alley. … [Read more...]


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