After condemning Christianity Today in public, what’s Mr. Ted Baehr’s next amazing statement?

Here is Ted Baehr, still thinking he is the voice of Christian film criticism ... and frighteningly enough, many of them would say that he is... as he sums up the Oscars.Here are a few choice statements: Of course, by shutting out the best family movies with godly, Christian messages – like "The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Dreamer," "Madagascar" and "Chicken Little" – the Oscar ceremony ensured that it would get the lowest ratings ever from the TV audience, the vast majority of whom are fam … [Read more...]

Preview of Over the Rhine’s new album

Courtesy of Over the Rhine's Web site, you can now listen to two tracks from their new live album: Live from Nowhere.Lookin' Forward and MoondanceApparently, there's still time to order your signed copy of this special Limited Edition CD.And if you've already ordered, but you're wondering why it hasn't arrived, note the NEW SHIP DATE: All pre-ordered copies will ship in late March, after they get back from Middle-Earth. You see, they stumbled into Fangorn Forest, and Treebeard took … [Read more...]

Michelle Williams and “Brokeback Mountain”

[REVISED, after some second thoughts...]Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for catching this...[ ... AND thanks to Dan Buck for challenging my first post. I got a little too cocky (Can I say that in a post about Brokeback Mountain?), thinking I was responding to the SFC headmaster, when in fact I may have been reacting to a characterization of SFC exaggerated by the journalist who reported on them. ]'Brokeback' Star Slammed by Former School Brokeback Mountain actress Michelle Williams … [Read more...]

"Empire" strikes again

At The Guardian, author J.G. Ballard remembers the premiere of the movie about his childhood, my favorite Steven Spielberg drama: Empire of the Sun. Surprisingly, it was the film premiere in Hollywood, the fount of most of our planet's fantasies, that brought everything down to earth. A wonderful night for any novelist, and a reminder of the limits of the printed word. Sitting with the sober British contingent, surrounded by everyone from Dolly Parton to Sean Connery, I thought Spielberg's film … [Read more...]

Nate Bell’s best of 2005

Just as it's possible to bridge the great divide between the sexes, between black and white, between Republican and Democrat... so we can also take comfort in finding common ground between people from Seattle Pacific University and people from Biola University. … [Read more...]

Is Mel Gibson worried about what critics will think of "Apocalypto"?

"After what I experienced with The Passion ... I frankly don’t give a flying f--- about much of what they think..." said Christian hero Mel Gibson.More, in TIME.(Thanks, Mark.) … [Read more...]

"The Sparrow" … starring Brad Pitt?

This is looking more and more likely. … [Read more...]

Mercir is Big News!

One of my favorite earthlings, my co-worker Rachel Eby, is an uncommonly joyful person. And she has some good reasons to be joyful.Not only is she savoring the mystery of not knowing whether she's about to have a boy or a girl in May... … [Read more...]

A Movieguide Survivor Responds to the Previous Post

This comment was added to my previous post, and I'm grateful to Sean Gaffney for his input and perspective. Wow, Jeff, where to begin.I had the interesting experience of writing freelance reviews for Movie Guide years ago (way too far down the food chain to even meet the founder). On one hand, I feel for you, brother. On the other – congratulations! If Mr. Baehr thinks you deserve attack, it probably means you are doing quality work.And my heart goes out to all the reviewers working u … [Read more...]

There He Goes Again: Ted Baehr Slanders Christianity Today On the Air.

Yesterday during the James D. Kennedy Coral Ridge Broadcast, Ted Baehr once again slandered Christianity Today and my colleagues in Christian film criticism. And in the meantime, he either got the facts wrong, or he lied... you decide.From a friend who heard the broadcast: Ted Baehr (who starts the broadcast by taking credit for The Passion, Chronicles of Narnia, Madagascar, and other films) notes that he gave The Passion a “movie of the year” award last year. Then he says: "Christianity To … [Read more...]


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