More Mail for CT’s Top 10, and My Visit to an SPU Classroom

A couple of days ago, I posted some of the complaints that have come in to CT Movies about the year-end Top Ten List that they posted. And I replied to those complaints.I also used them as material to enliven my presentation when I guest-taught a class for Dr. Joyce Erickson on literature and Christian cultural engagement yesterday at Seattle Pacific University.Speaking of "engagement," several of the students were engaged enough to stick around for another 30 minutes discussing how … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s NEW ADDRESS, NEW TOMORROW

After almost a decade as a branch of the Promontory Artists Association, the Looking Closer website is launching itself out from under its non-profit status and establishing itself as an independent Web site.What this means to you is that you'll never have to type out promontoryartists.org/lookingcloser again.It's now as simple as this: lookingcloser.org.Currently, that address points you to the same Web site that's been live all these years. But in a few weeks, the site will be its … [Read more...]

Danny Boyle – director of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later and Millions

I've just come from a meeting with Danny Boyle, the relentlessly creative filmmakers responsible for Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, 28 Days Later, and now what is sure to become a treasured favorite of many... Millions. … [Read more...]

My first-ever link regarding architecture

In the new Books and Culture, Nathan Bierma contemplates Seattle's spectacular (or spectacularly ugly?) new downtown library. … [Read more...]

My Constantine Adventure: Interviewing Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and others.

Angels. Demons. Humans caught in the middle. Heroes trying to resist temptation and defeat Satan’s emissaries.Sounds a lot like an adventure yarn from the mind of Frank Perretti.But Francis Lawrence’s action-horror flick Constantine is a far cry from This Present Darkness. While the hero is an exorcist casting out demons right and left, he’s not exactly driven by humility or selflessness. And he’s not too fond of God.Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a chain-smoking exorcist who kn … [Read more...]

"Constantine"’s biggest mistake

How many mainstream critics will accept, without a second thought, the fundamental boo-boo of Keanu Reeves' Constantine? … [Read more...]

Feedback: The good, the bad, and the ugly

CT Movies is getting some feedback on the movies chosen by their critics as the Best of 2004.Here are some examples that editor Mark Moring has posted on the site. … [Read more...]

White Stripes’ Jack White … Almost a Priest.

On CBS' special interview about the Jack White/Loretta Lynn connection, White explained that he almost became a priest. What stopped him? "I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me." … [Read more...]

David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand) on Christianity and The Passion

Frank, courageous, and to the point ... as always... David Eugene Edwards, the lead singer of the riveting rock band 16 Horsepower and the newer, more experimental group Woven Hand, has offered some more food for thought in a newly-published interview from the Dutch magazine OOR. … [Read more...]

The new, improved, less-violent Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson has cut five minutes of violence from The Passion of the Christ and is bringing this "special edition" to theatres.So, is this the "Director's Cut"? The "Lacerated Edition"? The "Flogged Version"? … [Read more...]


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