Looking Elsewhere: 14 Discoveries & Distractions for the First Week of November

Looking Elsewhere 11 3 2014

On Halloween, Anne and I went out to celebrate Halloween dressed as Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing students who are running out of time to complete their homework assignments by the deadline. We were very, very convincing — we tricked everybody.The treats? They were provided by the pub where we put on an Oscar-worthy performance of actually studying and writing essays. All of the zombies and witches and clowns and Star Wars characters and superheroes in the pub just kept s … [Read more...]

Well-Made Movies Won’t Be… Left Behind

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Today, Matt Zoller Seitz, editor of RogerEbert.com, defended The Good Lie, a movie in which the central characters are Christians, as "a good movie."Why did he feel the need to defend it? Well, the success of The Blind Side inspired some backlash — opposition to movies in which "a white lady comes to the rescue" of those in need, as if down-home American white folks are the world's saviors. And the marketing campaign for The Good Lie certainly makes the movie look like one of those.He's n … [Read more...]

The Christian Message of David Fincher’s Gone Girl . . . (Not Really)

Gone Girl

It happens all the time. I get an email from an angry reader who says, "Why are you wasting time talking about the technical aspects of a movie? What really matters is the message!" … [Read more...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

Derrickson and Greydanus

I love it when people I love interview people I love. … [Read more...]

Further Thanks to Christianity Today for a Generous Send-Off

Today's unexpected notes from the team at Christianity Today have been a tremendous blessing to me at the end of a trying week. I am deeply grateful.And thanks to those of you who left comments for me there as well. All I ever did was ramble on, ad nauseum, about an art form that I love. That it has come to anything at all is powerful evidence, to me anyway, that there's a creative, resourceful God in charge of things. I've learned as much from my colleagues and readers on this journey as I … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”

Reviews for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York are piling up at GreenCine Daily.I'll post other memorable responses here soon. I'm seeing the film on Thursday, and, if all goes as planned, interviewing Kaufman on Friday. If you have any questions for him, let me know.Here's Alissa Wilkinson's review at Christianity Today Movies, an admirable summation of a very complex film. Well done, Alissa! Make no mistake: Synecdoche starts out plausibly enough, but by the end it has completely … [Read more...]

David Foster Wallace, author of “Infinite Jest,” dead at 46.

My thanks to Alissa Wilkinson for passing along the news...The L.A. Times has the story here. David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find that her husband had hanged … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Brideshead Revisited

Congratulations to my good friend Alissa Wilkinson, who makes her debut as a Christianity Today Movies film critic today with a 3 1/2 - star review for Brideshead Revisited: … [Read more...]


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