Andy Whitman on Britney Spears, American Idol, and Calvin College

Once again, Andy Whitman is a shining a beacon through the cultural fog. … [Read more...]

Chapter One

An abridged version of Chapter One of Through a Screen Darkly is up at Christianity Today Movies. … [Read more...]

Matt Conner at Infuze Magazine

Infuze Magazine has already published a review and an excerpt of Through a Screen Darkly.Today, they've published an interview! … [Read more...]

More on Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”

Another arresting quote from the lead singer of Arcade Fire: “Central to the album," Win Butler says, "is this idea that Christianity and consumerism are completely compatible, which I think is the great insanity of our times.’”- Chicago Tribune, Section 7, p14, March 4, 2007 Thanks to Thom for catching that! … [Read more...]

FILM FORUM: Into Great Silence, Zodiac, Black Snake Moan, and Wild Hogs

Welcome to the first installment of Looking Closer's Film Forum! Yes, Film Forum has moved from Christianity Today Movies to Looking Closer, and things are going to change somewhat. It'll include links to a wider range of reviews, from the religious press to mainstream film criticism. It's not meant to be a comprehensive list of reviews, but rather just a journal of the reviews that caught my attention with some arresting observations or opinions. We have oh-so-many mainstream reviews that … [Read more...]

“Have We Lost Our Minds?” Readers Say “No!”

My blog post about CT Movies' reviews and the Christian perspective that informs them was republished (in an abridged, revised form) at CT Movies. … [Read more...]

Arcade Fire’s Church-Based Album

Arcade Fire's Neon Bible is the album with the most buzz this month. And they've earned that hype. There are a lot of reasons I'm curious about Neon Bible, and here's one of them... … [Read more...]

Kim Jeffries Asks Me About Ricky Bobby’s Baby Jesus Prayer, and More…

Yesterday on the Kim Jeffries show, Kim and I discussedthe Oscars, what the five contenders had in common, what was wrong (or right) with Ricky Bobby's "Baby Jesus" prayer in Talladega Nights, whether or not I was offended by Brian Dannelly's comedy Saved!, and what in the world is my favorite movie.Somewhere along the way a troublemaking caller named Martin challenged me to explain the thinking behind Christianity Today's top ten list for 2006 ... or better, the three top ten … [Read more...]

“Film Forum” is Coming to Looking Closer!

As I sat watching the Oscars and writing the last installment of Film Forum for Christianity Today, I was inspired by all of the thank-you speeches made by the winners.So I've started this week’s edition with thanks to a few people who have supported me in this work over six years. And I want to repeat those thanks here. … [Read more...]

What happens when four Christians talk about movies in a bar?

The Kindlings Muse ... it's the Oscar party you missed! … [Read more...]