Popcorn and Penance

Tim Appelo of City Arts magazine met me recently to ask me about the debate amongst Christian moviegoers over James Cameron's Avatar.Our long conversation, which expanded to cover other movies that Christians have protested unnecessarily, became a brief article featured in the latest City Arts issue, currently available all across the Seattle area. … [Read more...]

Hello, Pittsburgh, I’m On the Air

This week, on Pittsburgh's WORD-FM, John Hall and Kathy Emmons are talking with special guests about Christianity and culture. And I got to join the party. Want to hear our on-the-air chat? … [Read more...]

David Brooks on Avatar

David Brooks in The New York Times turns his attention from America's occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan to humanity's occupation of Pandora: … [Read more...]

Are you ready to go back to James Cameron?

My review of Avatar is published at Image journal. … [Read more...]

Avatar (2009)

This review of Avatar was originally published at Image. Also recommended: Steven Greydanus's review at Decent Films.-If you didn’t have one, you had a friend who did: The Big Toybox.You know the one I mean: A wooden crate like the Ark of the Covenant, full of mystery and revelation. Opened and overturned, it set loose a tidal wave of miscellaneous pieces from a hundred different worlds spilled across the floor. Building blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys, adventure sets, action figures, pie … [Read more...]

Browser: The “Remember me?” edition. Best Directors of the Decade. Lonely writers.

Okay, it's official: My life has become too busy for me to be a responsible blogger.Let me try to make it up to you in the next couple of weeks, with a new video blog, my list of Favorite Films of 2009 (the Premature Version), my list of Favorite Recordings of 2009 (almost ready!), more Auralia's Colors confessions, sneak previews of Raven's Ladder, and a marathon of interesting links.Oh, keep an eye on Imagejournal.org. Friday, my review of Avatar should be there. You'll also see a … [Read more...]

The most revolting movie commercial I’ve seen.

"Bones" is a TV show I rather enjoy for the clever banter, the amusing actors, the slick effects, and the humor, But last night's episode was sickening. … [Read more...]


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