Andy Whitman on CCM … 16 years ago.

Andy Whitman's music blog is one of my favorites, and today's entry is especially interesting. (Opus, I see, has noticed it as well.) It's a commentary on Contemporary Christian Music written 16 years ago. And it's still oh so relevant (if you'll permit me the use of that much-abused word.)It's worth noting that 16 years ago, Leslie Phillips had recently changed her name to Sam Phillips, jumped off the CCM ship, and reinvented herself as Sam Phillips, with the album The Indescribable Wow … [Read more...]

McSweeny’s on "Crash." Bad "Star Wars" Valentines.

McSweeny's writer Brendan Lloyd has just posted the shortest, and yet most memorable, commentary on Paul Haggis's Crash I've yet seen.And speaking of funny... The Worst Valentines in the World. … [Read more...]

Grand Theft Bono

Check out Jack Thompson's "open letter" to Bono, warning him to dodge an oncoming bus. … [Read more...]

Specials: Ford’s Firewall collapse. "Christian is the new gay." Gilliam’s next.

Friday specials:CAN THE DECLINE OF HARRISON FORD'S CAREER GET ANY MORE DEPRESSING? Michael Atkinson on Firewall: "The post-Die Hard genre is on its last legs, and the movie is as tired in its bones as [Harrison] Ford, who at 63 has crossed the line from robust, no-nonsense manliness to doughy-creepy grumpster." (Thanks, GreenCine daily)And here's Peter T. Chattaway's review: It is significant that Ford's first movie in years is not one of those serious dramas or offbeat comedies that … [Read more...]

2006 Faith and Film Critics Circle Nominations

Bookmark this blog entry!The Faith and Film Critics Circle (FFCC) - more than a dozen Christian film critics taking films seriously as works of art - are already busy suggesting and considering films for next year's FFCC Awards. The cool thing about the FFCC awards ... YOU are welcome to suggest films for their consideration in these categories as well.Post your entry in the COMMENTS below, and I will add your selections to the Master List. But you must enter them in this simple … [Read more...]

The Da Vinci Challenge, the NY Times coverage, and Wellborn’s perspective

[UPDATE: The Da Vinci Challenge site is suddenly out of service. Is it a glitch? Or was it shut down for some reason?]The New York Times has already noticed a new Web site, just launched today, created by Sony Pictures and Grace Hill Media called The Da Vinci Challenge, where Christian writers will bring all kinds of extra attention to the movie of The Da Vinci Code by discrediting it right and left.Amy Wellborn raises interesting questions about the whole endeavor here.Me, I hope I … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #8: Your hint might be "Nick" or "Alexander"

What film is this half-shot from?Since Nick Alexander won our last contest, you'll find a hint in either his first or his last name... but not both.(And Nick, as the most recent winner, you're disqualified from this round. Isn't winning a drag?) … [Read more...]

2005 Faith and Film Critics Circle Awards!

The Faith and Film Critics Circle have chosen the winners of their 2005 film awards! … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #6 – winner!!

Congratulations, Nick Alexander! Pearl Harbor is, indeed, the film, in which Josh Hartnett plays Danny.This means, of course, that either "Nick" or "Alexander" will be your hint for the next Half-Shot. Stay tuned.... … [Read more...]

Even the Steelers’ quarterback doesn’t think that was a touchdown.

For all you Steelers fans who have emailed me to insist that your quarterback did score that touchdown, guess who agrees with me?Your quarterback.I stand by my statement. The Seahawks lost because the refs decided they would lose, not because the Steelers won.Elsewhere:Miami Herald: But make no mistake about Super Bowl XL, the performance of referee Bill Leavy and his crew overshadowed Pittsburgh's heroics and Seattle's blunders.The Seahawks justifiably can complain that … [Read more...]