Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Five years ago this week, I was so excited about seeing Harrison Ford return to the role of Indiana Jones — and even more excited about seeing Karen Allen return to the role of Marion Ravenwood — that I had a great time watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.Sure, it was disappointing in some ways. But I was so glad to be in the company of Indy and Marion that I gave the film a very positive rating and hastily turned in my review to Christianity Today.Then I saw the f … [Read more...]

Wanted: Ambiguity

I hate to say, "I told you so." Especially when the person I'm addressing is myself.I told myself not to spend full ticket price on The Amazing Spider-man. But I did anyway. And yeah, now it hurts to realize I put down more than $15.00 to see it.I don't regret this evening's moviegoing experience: I got to spend the evening with my friend Danny Walter, who has probably seen more movies with me than anybody on the planet. We had good conversations and an enjoyable evening.But I do … [Read more...]

The not-so-amazing Spider-man?

I don't know any film critic who cares more about the history and character of Peter Parker/Spider-man than the comic-loving Steven D. Greydanus who reviews films for the National Catholic Register.Greydanus also happens to be my favorite film critic. I love the way he writes and thinks.So, since I missed the press screening for The Amazing Spider-man, the seemingly unnecessary reboot of an already engaging franchise, I've been eager to read his review.And here it is. The Amazing … [Read more...]

My 10,000th Tweet is An Announcement.

If you read this blog, then you need to see the big news... … [Read more...]

The most rebellious album I’ve heard all year.

Rebellion. It may be the single most distinctive characteristic of new music, generation after generation. From Chuck Berry to Michael Jackson, from the Rolling Stones to Nirvana, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Bob Dylan to Kanye West, each generation’s icons of pop, rock, and hip-hop plan to shake up the status quo with a rebel yell.But the most rebellious thing I’ve ever heard a rock star say appeared in print in 2001. Robert Hilburn of The L.A. Times was interviewing Bono about why New Yo … [Read more...]

Number 10,000

Frankly, that number doesn't mean very much when it comes to Twitter.In fact, 10,000 Tweets is probably something to be embarrassed about.But my 10,000th post on Twitter is going to be unusual... … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Pleasure: Snow White and the Huntsman

Well, once in a while, the trailer and even the reviews from my favorite critics let me down.Thanks to my friend Danny Walter for encouraging me to go see a film that all of the marketing, trailers, and reviews had convinced me to avoid. ... … [Read more...]

A tour of hell with Miss Bala

First impression: Miss Bala is riveting, stomach-turning stuff... and likely to remain one of 2012's most intense moviegoing experiences.Gerardo Naranjo's film is a nightmarish, no-way-out scenario, made worse if you realize that this is the kind of story playing out every day in the territories bloodied by the Mexican drug war. We get our occasional news summaries which supply vague impressions of corruption, but here's a story that takes you on a tour down through the circles of hell, as w … [Read more...]

Join me. Give up drinking soda at the movies.

I drank a Diet Coke yesterday for the first time in a couple of years.I immediately regretted it. Why?I gave up soda years ago as I read more and more about its unhealthy effects on the body, and its addictive influence. Tasting some again after a long "dry" spell, I realized that it tastes like battery acid with corn syrup flavoring, and I didn't like the short-lived adrenalin rush. … [Read more...]

My First Review for Good Letters at Patheos.

Allison Backous. Richard Chess. Lindsey Crittenden. Kelly Foster. David Griffith. A.G. Harmon. Chad Thomas Johnston. Caroline Langston. Peggy Rosenthal. Vic Sizemore. Bradford Winters. Tony Woodlief. Sara Zarr.This team of writers grabs and holds my attention almost every day at the blog called Good Letters. So it is an honor to participate with them as a contributor, in this daily endeavor hosted by my favorite literary journal, Image (a publication and a community that I can honestly say … [Read more...]