Look! An April Shower of Distractions – Six Intriguing Links

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Just in case you missed them, here's a list of six distractions from the past few days. It's a parade of bizarre attractions starring... - Quentin Tarantino - Steve Taylor - Donald Miller - Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson - Andrew Sullivan - Steve Martin - Edie Brickell - and a feast served by somebody named... Babette. If you have work to do, avoid the following links at all costs... … [Read more...]

Quentin Tarantino, America’s Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked

jamie foxx django

Strange territory. That's where I found myself this week. In four new articles, I wrote things that made me feel a little lonely. I was writing from a foreign country, far away from the preferences of the general moviegoing audience. And yet, I wasn't feeling much kinship with other film critics either. Art will do that to you. If you're paying attention, it'll lead you to new ways of thinking that make your friends look at you with concern. This story stars a gunslinging hero, some … [Read more...]

Caille en Sarcophage? Hallelujah! — A Tribute to “Babette’s Feast” and Other Big-Screen Cuisine

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Babette's Feast, my favorite food-related film, I'm revisiting this post. It was originally published, in a greatly abridged edition at Christianity Today, and then a larger version was published at Filmwell. I've brought it up to date by mentioning 2012's most scrumptious documentary... - Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the only documentary in 2012 that I've bothered to watch more than once. And I admit that this has nothing to do with artistic merit. David … [Read more...]

Top Five Spiritually Significant Films

What would you choose as the Top Five Spiritually Significant Films you've ever seen? The Arts and Faith board posted their top 100 recently. (I didn't vote in this process because I became increasingly baffled as to what "Spiritually Significant" meant to this particular group. When Apocalypse Now, or the films of Peter Weir, aren't considered "spiritually significant", I realize I must think very differently about the terms. To me, well, I think the label means: Films that move me, and … [Read more...]


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