Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I'm loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.Check out A.G. Harmon's skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.And Lukas Kwong's excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono's example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model? … [Read more...]

Monster, Wretches, "Bad People" … and Me.

Guillermo Del Toro, the new king of monster movies, is about to unleash Hellboy 2.But according to MTV.com, his mind is already busy with visions of what might be his his next big project. No, it's not The Hobbit, and no, it's not that Tarzan project he was talking about a while back.Here's a hint: For Kenneth Branagh, it was a big mistake.Can you guess?Personally, I've had this particular monster on the brain lately... … [Read more...]

Dick Staub on “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Amazing Grace”

When I first met Dick Staub, he was a Christian radio talk-show host who knew how to perform compelling, gracious, unpredictable interviews.Then I got hooked on his blog, where he ponders the state of Christianity and culture... Staublog.Then he went off to start a whole new venture... The Kindlings Muse... leading conversations about faith, culture, politics, theology, and art, in the public forum of Hale's Pub and Brewery in Seattle, Washington. And his new book is called The … [Read more...]

“Amazing Grace”: Don’t Judge a Film By Its Preview

I can't publish my review of Amazing Grace yet. But I will say this. The preview led me to believe it would be cheesy, overly sentimental, and old-fashioned in the worst kind of way.I'm pleasantly surprised to tell you that you should plan to see it on opening night. There are plenty of highlights that make it worth your time and attention ... not the least of which is its unapologetic celebration of Christian faith, and strong (if unfortunately brief) performances by Albert Finney, Michael … [Read more...]

Reviews for Walden Media’s William Wilberforce Biopic

Peter T. Chattaway has posted some sizeable excerpts from the first reviews of Amazing Grace, the new film by Michael Apted about William Wilberforce's passion for the abolishment of slavery. … [Read more...]

William Wilberforce Arrives in America on February 23, 2007

Whether it's any good or not, I can tell you already that the film Amazing Grace will likely win honors from many Christian film critics merely because of its subject. … [Read more...]

William Wilberforce film gets a strong cast

While it remains to be seen whether The Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd will be a compelling leading man in Walden Media's film on the life of William Wilberforce, the supporting cast is shaping up nicely.Albert Finney, last seen in Oceans 12, best seen in many superior films.Romola Garai, who stole every scene she visited in last year's Vanity Fair.Michael Gambon of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Gosford Park.Rufus Sewell of Dark City.Ciaran Hinds of Persuasion and … [Read more...]


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