The minds and hearts behind Image: A Seattle Times feature story on the Wolfes

I was dismayed to realize this morning that I had forgotten to link to this Seattle Times feature on Greg and Suzanne Wolfe, the minds and hearts behind the extraordinary Image journal. Image is probing rather than preachy. That's because the Wolfes, both authors in their own right, take pleasure not in fighting the culture wars but in blurring the battle lines.The journal is a showcase for the idea that you can find salvation in high art, beauty in deep faith and common ground in quiet … [Read more...]

Who is Mr. Tumnus?

The Guardian interviews James McAvoy, who plays C.S. Lewis's loveable faun.Caution: The Guardian allows language that your typical U.S. newspaper would not. Reader discretion advised. … [Read more...]

A Few Holiday Sentiments from Over the Rhine

A few words from Over the Rhine: Hello from Ohio!Dear reader, we'll try to be brief. (Please don't hesitate to pass this info along to teachers, students, pets, friends, girlfriends, cousins, fledgling painters, sultry singers, young hitch-hikers off to unravel the world, listless little sisters, nursing mothers etc.)It's that time of year again. Come in out of the cold, peel off your scarves and hats and gloves and join us for warm nights packed with songs and words and the shared … [Read more...]

Specials: Depp’s "Libertine." Rocky 6. Narnia gifts. Millions. George R. R. Martin

Saturday's specials:I'm hoping Pride and Prejudice is the beginning of a turnaround for this movie year. In the next several days, I'll be seeing Woody Allen's Match Point, Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Michael Haneke's Cache (Hidden), and more. I have high hopes for all of them, but the way this year has been going, it wouldn't be a big surprise if each one of them disappointed."YOU WILL NOT LIKE ME." In the … [Read more...]

"Pride and Prejudice" won me over.

I had almost given up on the big screen this holiday season. Nothing's living up to the hype. Nothing's making me feel nine bucks was well invested.Well, here's one that does.Rosamund Pike, with very few lines, almost steals Pride and Prejudice from Keira Knightley.For one thing, in the role of Jane, the older sister in this family of girls-to-be-married-off, she wasn't overly made up like a supermodel like Knightley was in every scene. She remained a natural beauty, and one with a … [Read more...]

The Paganism of Narnia

In a new article at, Peter T. Chattaway speaks the much-avoided truth about C.S. Lewis's wonderland.This should try the patience of many Christians who celebrate The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as some kind of opposite to Harry Potter and other fantasy stories.Too bad. Peter's right. The Chronicles of Narnia are full of references to pagan mythology. … [Read more...]

Specials: Mourning Mr. Miyagi. Raving about Narnia. Killing Alias. Casting "M." Previewing "Mary."

Friday's specials:WAX OFF Farewell, Pat Morita.DAILY MAIL CRITIC GOES BANANAS FOR NARNIA Sheeesh! It is not just a 'must see' but a 'must see again and again'. Where is that sixth star when you need it? Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis's classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour. Above all, there's a spectacular sense of scale that turns the children's sagas into a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings as an … [Read more...]

William Wilberforce film gets a strong cast

While it remains to be seen whether The Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd will be a compelling leading man in Walden Media's film on the life of William Wilberforce, the supporting cast is shaping up nicely.Albert Finney, last seen in Oceans 12, best seen in many superior films.Romola Garai, who stole every scene she visited in last year's Vanity Fair.Michael Gambon of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Gosford Park.Rufus Sewell of Dark City.Ciaran Hinds of Persuasion and … [Read more...]

A Christmas Surprise! A new Over the Rhine live album… limited edition!

Wine me, dine me, Over the Rhine me!!I've just ordered my copy of a Limited Edition LIVE CD packed with highlights from this year's upcoming Taft Theater concert here.It's an Overstreet tradition: To officially begin the holiday season, we put on Over the Rhine's The Darkest Night of the Year, and follow that with Bruce Cockburn's Christmas, all of this leading to the annual house-shaking encounter with Handel's Messiah. To have an Over the Rhine Christmas concert on cd... we may just … [Read more...]

Specials: War ending. Quaid meditating. Narnia clip playing.

Tuesday's specialsTHE WAR IS OVER. Oprah... Dave. Dave... Oprah. I expect a talk-show troop withdrawl will follow straightaway.QUAID TALKS ABOUT HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH Meditation, he says, should be yours... mine... ours...."IT'S UNDERWHELMING!" "IT'S LESS THAN ORIGINAL!" Critics are raving about today's special sneak-preview clip of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They're raving about how much it looks like footage from the video game, or a scene from The Return of the King in … [Read more...]