My favorite Bruce Springsteen album

I've never been a big Springsteen fan. I enjoyed The Rising for a while, and a few tracks from Devils and Dust. His stuff in the 80s and 90s didn't do a whole lot for me.But Josh Hurst and the others who recommended the new Springsteen album of songs by Pete Seeger were right: This is the most joyous, foot-stompin' good time I've heard in years.When I make my annual mix-disc of favorites from the year, it's going to be loaded with tracks from this. … [Read more...]

A book cover design… darkly!

Ladies...and...gentlemen...Thanks to the good folks at Regal Books for a great design! … [Read more...]

Lies and Slander at Image Journal!

Somehow I've managed to offend someone over at Image, because they've posted my mug shot there and have included all manner of lies and slander about me! … [Read more...]

The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane on Nick Cave’s "The Proposition"

Anthony Lane: ... “The Proposition,” in its morality as well as in its geography, is not just basic but Biblical. Directed by John Hillcoat, it shows humanity striving for a New Testament way of life with a Cain-and-Abel drama on the doorstep. … [Read more...]

Hiatus!! (or Through a Book Project Darkly)

For the first time in my five-plus years writing the weekly Film Forum for Christianity Today Movies, I'm going on hiatus.The lovely and talented JOSH HURST will be piloting the craft while I'm gone, and I'm sure I'll be humbled by his zeal and competence.I'll return to that "desk" in June.Right now, every spare moment is focused on my book about faith and film: Through a Screen Darkly. … [Read more...]

And now… Stephen Colbert roasts the Prez… and wow, he turns it up.

Stephen Colbert roasts... and roasts... and slow-roasts the President. That's gutsy comedy.UPDATE: Reactions, responses.(link via Alan at Arts and Faith) … [Read more...]

Frederick Buechner on the role of the religious

The Detroit Free Press hands the microphone to Frederick Buechner for a few typically powerful words from the heart. "What we need to do as religious persons, I think, is we need to become tellers of holy secrets. ... I'm talking here about the deeper secrets in life that give us glimpses of a world beyond this world." … [Read more...]

Another, um, notable review of "United 93"

Keith Uhlich at Slant: is nowhere near as strong as the stink of synergy. Certainly this isn't the first Hollywood production done in by the competing corporate and personal interests that funded it (consider the unspoken implications—both commercial and propagandistic—of the film's last-minute title change from Flight 93 to United 93), but it is the only one I've come across where the families of those onboard gave it their full-on approval. Not all the families, of course. All evidence s … [Read more...]

At last, someone says it out loud: Air vents are not for people!

Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride) has launched a strike aganst a target that should have been destroyed a long time ago.Air vents are for air, people. Air. … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on “United 93″

My trusted friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus has seen United 93. And he says, It is not exploitative. It is not manipulative. It is not strident or judgmental. It does not demonize or lionize anybody. It is as restrained, as respectful, as deeply moving a tribute to the passengers of United Flight 93 (not to mention assorted key players on the ground) as I can imagine a film being. As a New York area resident who watched the WTC burn and fall with my own eyes, I am deeply appreciative … [Read more...]