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...]

Looking Closer at Left Behind – The Movie!

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[This post will be updated over the next few days, so check back as this thrilling — dare I say rapturous? — cinematic occasion unfolds!]Yesterday, I received an advertisement distributed by Christianity Today in which Tim LaHaye said this about the new Left Behind movie:"You will be moved, blessed and thrilled."Yeah, I remember how, when I was six years old, I wrote a story, stapled it together, and then, to make it look like a real book, I put my own rave-review blurb on the cover, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

The Fearsome and the Childlike in the Films of Steven Spielberg

In my book Through a Screen Darkly, I wrote quite a bit about the films of Steven Spielberg. But those thoughts are scattered throughout the book.Today you can read my new overview of Spielberg's entire career as a director...  … [Read more...]

Christianity Today’s Knockout Interview with Marilynne Robinson

This is the most thrilling stuff I've read at Christianity Today in a while.Great interview. I wish they'd made this a cover story. It's one of the most important conversations this magazine could offer its audience. But according to this, it's a web-only feature. I don't understand. Oh well... I guess they know better than I do what is important enough to put on the cover of the magazine. Why draw people's attention to a Pulitzer-Prize-winning author's profound views on reconciling science … [Read more...]

Robert Duvall Gets Lively with Mark Moring

Interviewing Robert Duvall for Get Low, Mark Moring stirred the actor up for a lively conversation about The Apostle. … [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...]

Thanks to the Team at Christianity Today

Just an FYI:Due to my present overload of writing responsibilities and other various pressures and stresses, I've decided to surrender my participation at CT Movies. My latest Through a Screen Darkly column, "Feasting on Films", will be my last contribution there for the foreseeable future (although I certainly won't close the door, as circumstances may change). … [Read more...]

NPR: “The New Christian Film Industry!” Christianity Today: “Make It Stop!”

NPR recently ran a story about the (supposedly) exciting new "Christian movie industry."The story contained this quote: … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Christianity Today Critiques Movieguide’s “Hollywood Stimulus Plan”

In a display of uncharacteristically poor judgment, The Wall Street Journal has published the "Report to the Industry" by Movieguide's Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder.Did the editors there actually read the flimsy claims being made?Film enthusiasts and critics everywhere, Christian and otherwise, went... huh?!Mark Moring at Christianity Today has posted a response today,but not before these had appeared: Dan Savage, Jim Emerson, and Glenn Kenny.Granted, some of those mainstream cr … [Read more...]


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