Joaquin Phoenix is Johnny Cash

Check out the slideshow. That second photo of Phoenix and Witherspoon together at the microphone ... uncanny! … [Read more...]

New Over the Rhine Album Next March.

Here's a letter from Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine from the band's Web site! … [Read more...]

Awake, Fans of Middle Earth and Narnia!

And Thanksgiving just keeps on going! … [Read more...]

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-During wartime, art about war can play an important role. It can coax us into contemplation and dialogue about the ethics of violent conflict. It may remind us of the lessons we can learn from the past. Sometimes it offers comfort and even hope during a time of fear, uncertainty, and loss. You could probably name a few favorites with such redeeming qualities: David O. Russell's Three Kings, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, … [Read more...]

Five Months Later… Wilco’s Ghost

I've been mulling over the new Wilco album for months, and haven't taken the time to write down what I love about it until now. … [Read more...]

How to Dismantle a Misconceived Review

After a false start, I have posted my full review of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. … [Read more...]

Second Impression: U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

I've deleted my post from yesterday about the U2 album.Last night, I went home and put the CD on the BIG stereo and really let the thing breathe. I heard a whole different album. … [Read more...]

Off-topic: A Letter from Fallujah

I came across this link through Andrew Sullivan, who never ceases to offer challenging and insightful views (even if I often disagree with him.) … [Read more...]

Nick Cave Out-U2’s U2

Nick Cave released two new albums on the same day, in the same package, recently, and when I put it on, my stereo caught fire. … [Read more...]

Greg Wright puts Peter Jackson in Perspective

Congratulations to Greg Wright for completing and publishing Peter Jackson In Perspective. This exploration of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films is probably the most thorough and insightful interpretation of the films yet published. Wright examines what Jackson and his screenwriters got right, what they misunderstood, where they triumphed, and where they fell short. Reading this book should give Tolkien fans a deeper appreciation of both the books and the films.This is the perfect … [Read more...]