God, Family, Country… Right? American Sniper’s Troubling Anti-War Truth

American Sniper

So, I avoided seeing American Sniper for a few weeks because the highly politicized debate about it was so intense. I'd been given a very strong impression from certain ugly responses to the movie that it was a celebration of heroism in the Iraq War; that it glorified the killing of Iraqis; that it depicted the Iraq war as another case of Americans saving the world; and that it failed to question why in the world we went there in the first place.Well, I was greatly relieved to find out that t … [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: Starring… American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Sundance, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Fairy Tales, Global Warming, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Marilynne Robinson, and More

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I'll conclude with a few words about the American Sniper hubbub.But first, here are some of the things that caught my attention on the Wild Wild Web in the last couple of weeks... … [Read more...]

Look! Spielberg Teases Lincoln; Clint Eastwood: Conservative?; Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare; Steven Greydanus Sings to Babies!

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Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

This review of Letters from Iwo Jima is published at Christianity Today Movies.-"Am I digging my own grave?" young Saigo wonders as he helps his fellow Japanese soldiers shovel out bunkers in the dark sand beneath Mt. Surabachi. And because we know the outcome of the Battle of Iwo Jima, we can make an educated guess at the answer to his question.In an unprecedented work of ambition and vision, Clint Eastwood has released two films in one year about that historic battle: Flags of Our … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today. -Some people live lives in which their prayers are answered, their dreams fulfilled, their needs met, and their lives richly blessed. Others live lives of frustration, longing to hear God's voice, carrying excruciating burdens and struggling to maintain their belief that their Creator cares … or that he exists at all.Million Dollar Baby looks like a boxing movie, but at its heart, it is the story of a spiritually frustrated ma … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood Denies Advocating You-Know-What

I'm not going to spoil the ending to "Million Dollar Baby."But for those of you who know how it ends, and think that the film is advocating such behavior, listen to Clint Eastwood's sharp retort: … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood speaks.

Eastwood addresses the controversial conclusion of Million Dollar Baby... … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Baby Joins My 2004 Top Ten

This always happens. No sooner do I turn in my Top Ten list of 2004 to meet a deadline than I suddenly discover a film that changes everything. … [Read more...]


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