Browser: The “Remember me?” edition. Best Directors of the Decade. Lonely writers.

Okay, it's official: My life has become too busy for me to be a responsible blogger.Let me try to make it up to you in the next couple of weeks, with a new video blog, my list of Favorite Films of 2009 (the Premature Version), my list of Favorite Recordings of 2009 (almost ready!), more Auralia's Colors confessions, sneak previews of Raven's Ladder, and a marathon of interesting links.Oh, keep an eye on Imagejournal.org. Friday, my review of Avatar should be there. You'll also see a … [Read more...]

Browser: Sam Phillips, David Bazan, Robert Shiller, economic bubbles, Bono on Easter, and Jim Jarmusch

I'm so busy editing the next strand of The Auralia Thread, Raven's Ladder, and composing new articles for Image and Christianity Today that I'm flat out of time to blog anything substantial. So here's a rundown of links that caught my attention over the last few days...There's a new Sam Phillips song on the way May 1st. David Bazan rocks Seattle Pacific University. Robert Shiller discussed Starbucks VIA, Miracle Whip, and economic bubbles, at Seattle Pacific University's Downtown … [Read more...]

Browser: U2 speaks. Filmmakers & Critics Pick Favorites. Buddy Miller.

Here's one of the best U2 interviews I've seen, filmed in Fez.It's not a very *professional* interview -- the interviewer asks redundant questions and keeps getting interrupted. But the band seems relaxed, in good humor, and full of surprising answers. You'll find out who Larry Mullen Jr.'s favorite band (besides U2) really is. And you'll find out what "Get On Your Boots" really about. Biggest surprise: The call to prayer begins in the town behind them, and the band chooses to stop the … [Read more...]

Browser: Melody. Cylons. Vampires. Favorite Albums. Migraines. Radiohead. David Bazan. U2.

Suzanne Vega answers the question, "What's a melody for?" And I rise to my feet to applaud.2. The original Starbuck hates the new Battlestar Galactica, and has interesting reasons. But Jason Morehead is brave enough to stand up and fight him like a man. Or a Cylon. You decide.3. My all-time favorite vampire movie is coming out on DVD this week. Read my reflection on the film here.4.NPR's All Songs Considered already rates 2009 as a better year for music than 2008. What about … [Read more...]

Browser: Never Let Them Spoil “Never Let Me Go”; Sam Phillips; Andy Warhol’s Faith

Another of my favorite novels is coming to the big screen. Keira Knightley will star in Mark Romanek's adaptation of Never Let Me Go, an extraordinary science fiction novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author or The Remains of the Day.But there's a problem here. The book is a fantastic read, in part because of the slow, painstaking pace at which the author makes an unsettling revelation. In summaries of the movie, that revelation is being announced right off the bat, blatantly spoiling any kind of … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman on U2′s “Really Good Non-Reinvention”

Josh Hurst hosts a U2 love-in. Meanwhile, at artsandfaith.com, Andy Whitman of Paste, who is working on his review of the new album, lets this slip: Don't believe the hype. This is not U2's best album, but it is a really good non-reinvention. I think "Magnificent" is the best U2 worship song since "Gloria," and that "Unknown Caller" is in the Top 10 of greatest U2 songs ever.   … [Read more...]

Browser: Conan vs. Colbert. Peterson and Leary on “The Wrestler”

1.Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien have a dance off!2.At The Rabbit Room, Pete Peterson praises The Wrestler.Earlier: Michael Leary has a problem with The Wrestler. … [Read more...]

Browser: Passion of the Rourke. Horton Hears Ken Morefield. Decemberists. Frost/Nixon nixed. Milk of Sorrow. Leonard Cohen. Laura Gibson.

1. A.G. Harmon on The Wrestler and its reference to The Passion of the Christ.2. Ken Morefield on where Horton Hears a Who went wrong. Earlier: My own problems with that playful pachyderm..3. Frost/Nixon could have been done right, says Rick Olson. . . . The filmmakers could have gotten it right, but they chose to tell it wrong. There seems to have been an agenda at work that refused to recognize that the apology originated in the Nixon camp. The building up of Frost into a … [Read more...]

Browser: Jordan and Gaiman. Zombies?! Orr-itated. Slumdog’s stars still in the slums?.

First, a trailer...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvEFkb5UZSI   The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines may be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned. … [Read more...]

Browser: Wings of Desire! Pierce Pettis. Tarsem. Pixar. Muppets. Star Wars? “Christian fiction.” Sundance winner! Decent Films best of ’08. Gaiman=Newbery winner.

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines may be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned. … [Read more...]


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