What a Chipotle Commercial Has In Common With My Two Favorite Films of the Year (So Far)

Museum Hours on Christianity Today

As some of you will remember, I was a film columnist and reviewer at Christianity Today from 2001 to 2009, and have made a few guest appearances there since then. A lot of history. A lot of learning. A lot of moviegoing. And a mountain of writing (around a thousand articles). But I must say, revisiting CT in recent weeks I have been thrilled and dazzled by the work of editor Alissa Wilkinson and the team of ambitious writers with big ideas. (Case in point: Read Jackson Cuidon's excellent … [Read more...]

A Film About Reno Without Casinos? A Film About Faith Without Preaching?

This is Martin Bonner - 1600 eye test

So many things make Chad Hartigan's film This is Martin Bonner remarkable. In my interview with this impressive young director, just published at Seattle Pacific University's Response website, I focused on only a couple of things that set his sophomore effort apart from other recent films. And it was a pleasure to speak with, and to thank, Hartigan for this — which will easily rate among my Top 10 films of 2013. (It's in the top three on my list so far. I posted my first impressions of the … [Read more...]