Why I'm in no hurry to see Prometheus

The reviews of Prometheus from the film critics I admire and trust are saying just about what I expected: That it's full of intensity and big visual spectacles... the stuff that makes a good trailer... but it's severely lacking in thoughtful storytelling and decent writing. I'm not surprised. I haven't been impressed by a Ridley Scott film since Matchstick Men, and I haven't been excited about a Ridley Scott film since the early 1980s. His films walk like big important movies, but they're often … [Read more...]

The Joy of Car Talk

Can't stop thinking about today's announcement: That Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk fame are retiring. Anne and I have listened to Car Talk almost religiously on Saturday mornings for years. Tom and Ray have been a joy because... … [Read more...]

Thank You, Mr. Rogers.

I've been feeling a lot of gratitude for Fred Rogers recently. Maybe it's because I've made it a new "life rule" to withdraw from online interaction that is characterized by contentiousness and dialogue-dominating personalities. I recently said farewell to an online community that I'd enjoyed for years because I could feel myself being provoked into a kind of dialogue that I want to avoid. I don't mind criticism; in fact, I seek it out. But I'm allergic to criticism that is delivered with … [Read more...]

Thank you, Mr. Rogers.

I've been feeling a lot of gratitude for Fred Rogers recently. Maybe it's because I've made it a new "life rule" to withdraw from online interaction that is characterized by contentiousness and dialogue-dominating personalities. I shut down comments on this blog because it became taxing to deal with hostile voices there. And I left an online community that I'd enjoyed for years because I could feel myself being provoked into a kind of dialogue that I want to avoid. I don't mind criticism; in … [Read more...]

"I suffered, and you should have to suffer too."

Steve Carell will inspire you... … [Read more...]

Go ahead. "Put out into the deep."

After a month of feeble-to-failed writing sessions, I made myself sit down to write yesterday morning. I was pretty sure nothing would happen; I was tired and my head was full of practical matters. But I've been taught to show up, so, somewhat begrudgingly, I did. The coffee shop was crowded and noisy. The table was too small. There were too many interruptions. And yet...  … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Listening Journal: 2012

It's been a long time since I've written music reviews. I started out writing more music reviews than movie reviews online, but the interest in movie reviews proved to be much more intense, and I adjusted, desiring to go where the lively discussion was happening. But lately, I've been missing the pleasure of "finding out what I think" about music, something that happens best when I write about it. So, I'm going to pick a few hightlights from my listening adventures this year and make a few … [Read more...]

I'm moving!

Big news. Good Letters, the daily blog hosted by IMAGE journal, where many of my favorite bloggers (including Sara Zarr, Bradford Winters, A.G. Harmon, Allison Backous, and others) contribute inspiring work every month, and where my film reviews are posted twice a month, is moving! Good Letters will still be hosted by IMAGE, but it will be published on a larger platform that will bring us many new readers (and probably a much livelier circus of comments). Where is this mysterious new kingdom … [Read more...]

Celebrating my Fourth Tweetiversary

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day I joined Twitter: my favorite social networking site. And, as if in celebration, Twitter is serving up one exciting link after another. Here are some of the highlights that I've discovered there today... … [Read more...]

Bleepity bleep.

More than a decade ago, when I was writing for Christianity Today's movie-review website, I quickly grew weary of hearing from moviegoers who believe that we should condemn films in which characters cuss. So, I invited a variety of Christians who write film reviews to offer their opinions on "foul language" and whether or not Ted Baehr's Movieguide and other "morality checklist" review sites are justified in their blanket condemnation of movies in which expletives occur. You can revisit … [Read more...]


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