A Christmas Eve appeal

Every Christmas, it's a different verse that burns with new vitality for me.This year, it's this one: O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Merry Christmas, everyone.May God grant us all a greater appreciation for the grace we celebrate tonight. … [Read more...]

Is This the Year’s Best Christmas Film?

That's my question in my latest article at Image's Good Letters blog. … [Read more...]

Avatar (2009)

This review of Avatar was originally published at Image. Also recommended: Steven Greydanus's review at Decent Films.-If you didn’t have one, you had a friend who did: The Big Toybox.You know the one I mean: A wooden crate like the Ark of the Covenant, full of mystery and revelation. Opened and overturned, it set loose a tidal wave of miscellaneous pieces from a hundred different worlds spilled across the floor. Building blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys, adventure sets, action figures, pie … [Read more...]

Don’t Be a “Fan” … Be a Friend!

I'm moving... … [Read more...]

Tonight: A Celebration of IMAGE – Bearing the Mystery

You're invited to join me tonight at Elliott Bay Book Company for a very special reading and booksigning.Robert Clark, Madeline DeFrees, Luci Shaw, Gregory Wolfe, and Mary Kenagy Mitchell will be reading from and signing copies of Bearing the Mystery: 20 Years of Image.Here are the details: … [Read more...]

Has Smaug Found His Voice?

Tom Waits as the voice of Smaug the Dragon in "The Hobbit"? … [Read more...]

The Princess and the Frog (2009): Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I haven't seen The Princess and the Frog yet, but I'm on the lookout for opinions from thoughtful critics. Check back, for I'll post them as I find them.Steven D. Greydanus, National Register:The Princess and the Frog is the first real classic Disney of the 21st century....None of the studio’s cartoons of the last 15 years or so has had both feet firmly in the tradition represented by golden-age masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White as well as “silver age” classics like … [Read more...]

The most revolting movie commercial I’ve seen.

"Bones" is a TV show I rather enjoy for the clever banter, the amusing actors, the slick effects, and the humor, But last night's episode was sickening. … [Read more...]

Up in the Air (2009) – Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I'm not allowed to post my review of this film before its release date, due to studio policies.So I'll wait. In the meantime, here are some reviews that have been online for a while now...1. Amiable and innocuous, Up in the Air offers a disingenuously smooth flight over choppy waters and rugged terrain. ... Up in the Air is neither funny enough to be a straight comedy nor serious enough to be a telling drama about the human toll wrought by economic crisis. Instead, the film is merely a … [Read more...]

Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman: Together again.

My heart rate is elevated, and I'm typing as fast as I can.My favorite American filmmaker is working with one of my favorite American actors, and the film looks like just the thing to stir up an exciting conversation. … [Read more...]


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