Of Gods and Men (2010)

At Seattle's Harvard Exit theatre last March, I witnessed a rare and wonderful thing on the big screen—a thoughtful portrayal of devout Christians putting their faith into practice.I was caught off guard. I've developed a serious allergy to "Christian movies." They usually turn out to be big-screen sermons with very little storytelling imagination and hardly a trace of poetry or visual composition. Moreover, they're often misguided fairy tales that imply a relationship with Jesus will lead to a … [Read more...]

Oscar Night on Sunday

On Friday night, in Calgary, AB, I'll be speaking about the Oscars, the movies Oscar overlooked, and taking the road less traveled to a life of rewarding, life-changing, "dangerous" moviegoing.On Saturday night I'll be flying home to Seattle.On Sunday night... … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes with Photographer Fritz Liedtke

I'm so glad that the incredible work by my friend Fritz Liedtke is finding an appreciative audience.Here's an impressive behind-the-scenes video... … [Read more...]

How do you define "kitsch"?

How do you define "kitsch"?If your answer is "A savory, open-faced pastry crust pie with a savory custard filling of cheese, meat and vegetables," then you need to consult a dictionary.Conversations about kitsch are tricky business. What exactly is it? Can any art that makes you feel warm and fuzzy be called "kitsch"?Usually, when the subject comes up, I end up going back to Gregory Wolfe's editorial on the work of Thomas Kinkade. It's always helpful.Today, thanks to a Tweet and … [Read more...]

indieWire: One Best Picture nominee "towers above the rest."

Matt Zoller Seitz and Serena Bramble have crafted a wonderful video essay on one of the nine films nominated for Best Picture. … [Read more...]

Films About the Future

In the new issue of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, which is focused on matters of science, faith, and imagination, I recommend some of my favorite movies about the future.  … [Read more...]

Christmas in Seattle, through the eyes of a poet

Anne writes poetry.But lately, she's been asked to write a few essays. Some of them appear between the poetry collections in her new book Delicate Machinery Suspended.And one of them is published today at Christianity Today: An eyewitness testimony about what it's like to celebrate Christmas in Seattle. … [Read more...]

A new Christmas-gift offer for the poets and poetry lovers in your life

Here's a message from Anne: … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

What does Thanksgiving look like?Here's a good image... … [Read more...]

When it comes to rock and roll, there are no "good old days."

Today's must-read: Andy Whitman tells us to shut up about how music used to be great. … [Read more...]


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