Specials: Hopkins hoopla. Aslan music. Shopgirl. Image honored.

Wednesday specials:THIS YEAR'S DEMILLE Lecter will get some lovin'.DOES ASLAN HAVE A THEME? Listen to clips from the first Narnia soundtrack here!WALTER SEZ: GO SHOPPING! After stirring things up with his controversial post about Wendell Berry, now Adam Walter's stirring a different pot... he really liked Shopgirl!IMAGE ANTHOLOGIZED CONGRATULATIONS to Greg Wolfe and Image journal! You'll find the following news in their new Image Update. Every year, Image is proud to publish … [Read more...]

New Kate Bush earning well-deserved raves

I sat spellbound a few nights ago basking in the glow of Aerial, the new double-album from Kate Bush.Apparently, I'm not the only one.This is a delightful surprise in an otherwise unremarkable year in music so far. … [Read more...]

More trouble in Cash-land: GetReligion says the film blows it.

Over at GetReligion, Terry Mattingly's paying attention to see if "Walk the Line" will tell the true story of Cash's redemption. And apparently, they're disappointed. For years, Cash prowled the stage on amphetamines and wept as he sang “The Old Rugged Cross” — often in the same show. Things got better after he married June Carter in 1968, a meeting of souls made in heaven, but worked out in the flesh under the parental gaze of Ezra and Maybelle Carter. These country-music pioneers not only pray … [Read more...]

Bruce Cockburn – live in downtown Seattle – a review

I promised a report on the live Bruce Cockburn show in Seattle on Wednesday, so here it is at last.Bruce played an intimate set in the beautiful Nordstrom Recital Hall, a smaller venue adjoining Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. He was meditative, less talkative than usual (probably because this is the tour promoting his instrumental collection Speechless.) But his guitar playing was as transporting and gorgeous as ever. When he sang, the songs focused on travel, vehicles, change, violence, … [Read more...]

Specials: Quaid about his Christianity. Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Over the Rhine.

Wednesday's specials:YOURS, MINE, OUR FAITH Huh. Peter T. Chattaway mentioned today that, lo and behold, Dennis Quaid's a Christian, and now I wish I'd had a different list of questions when I attended the film junket for In Good Company. He grew up Baptist, and married a Baptist girl from Texas. Whaddaya know. He has some interesting comments here, and I'm just baffled that I haven't picked up on this before.AERIAL AMAZES, CHAOS "SENTIMENTAL" Josh Hurst on Kate Bush and Sir Paul … [Read more...]

Director Michel Gondry’s latest, brilliant music video

Wow.When videos as wild as this one actually get produced, and as perfectly as this, well... it should just send other music video directors and bands home with their heads hanging. … [Read more...]

Jason Bortz talks Africa in The Other Journal

Jason Bortz, whose short documentary on aid to Africa called Scratching the Surface was recently in the spotlight at Christianity Today, has written a piece for The Other Journal about his experience. Check it out here. People have asked if it was difficult to take a film crew to Kenya to film a documentary dealing with the pandemic of AIDS and the seemingly ineffectual efforts of a handful of people to stem the tide of affliction and disease. Our documentary, Scratching the Surface; A Journey … [Read more...]

Coming soon: A new column! And reviews of Johnny Cash and Harry Potter

In Phase Three of my plans for world domination, this month I'll begin publishing a monthly column--Response onScreen--in SPU's online version of Response Magazine.I'll post the link when the first edition goes live near the end of November. It will focus on new big screen biopics--Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, and Walk the Line (which I'm seeing on Tuesday.)Early next week, I'll be catching that elusive train to Hogwarts to check out the latest film in the Harry Potter … [Read more...]

Coming Thursday: My review of "The Squid and the Whale" and a Bruce Cockburn concert review

Last night I saw one of the year's best films--The Squid and the Whale--which is a deeply saddening film about the consequences of divorce and joint custody on children.Noah Baumbach first got my attention in 1995 with a delightfully rowdy comedy about college and dating called Kicking and Screaming. He also co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou for Wes Anderson. The guy has a thing for telling honest and poignant stories about love, ego, and broken families.Here, has brought to … [Read more...]

CNN quotes Books and Culture’s John Wilson in news about new Jesus novels

UPDATE: Now, read John Wilson's commentary on Anne Rice at Books and Culture.John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, was quoted today in a new CNN article covering Anne Rice's new focus on Christian faith, her new novel Christ the Lord, and the latest novel by Walter Wangerin: Jesus: A Novel. John Wilson, editor of the evangelical journal Books & Culture, said the conjunction of the Jesus novels by Rice and Wangerin isn't surprising -- writers have continually produced fiction about … [Read more...]