“The Master”: So Many Thoughtful Examinations and Interpretations, So Little Time!

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Do you feel the tremors? Yeah, that's the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie in theaters. In-depth reviews are popping up everywhere. Craig Detweiler at Doc Hollywood has begun a three-part series called "The Master in Context." It's well worth your attention: Part One, Part Two, Part Three (coming soon). I'll offer several more thought-provoking links, but first, here's what I wrote in response to Detweiler's piece... … [Read more...]

Post-”Raven’s Ladder” Browser: Catching up. Dawn Treader! Catching up on summer movies. Joe Henry. More.

Having turned in Raven's Ladder, I'm excited, exhausted, and eager to enjoy what little bit of summer remains. I've spent these beautiful months laboring over a hot laptop to finish the third book in The Auralia Thread, and I hope to read some great books and see some great films (not to mention eat great meals and spend time with great people) to re-fuel. So, here's an assortment of news, links, and highlights from my re-entry into "the real world." 1. Lo... the Dawn Treader... … [Read more...]

Christians as a “Niche Market”? (Or… What I Learned at the Biola Media Conference)

My overview of the volatile conversations and debates at the Biola Conference is now published at Christianity Today Movies. As Hollywood continues to catch the "faith wave" by making and marketing more movies to Christians, some of the industry's major players gathered at a conference in Los Angeles last weekend to discuss the pros and cons of the relatively new trend. While some are excited about the potential of these efforts, some are also frustrated about the "bad art" that has already … [Read more...]

What Would Make Jesus Laugh?

The Big Lebowski and Annie Hall aren't exactly titles you'd expect to see featured in a film festival for Christians. Craig Detweiler asks... "Why not?!" … [Read more...]

Ladies and Gentlemen… Craig Detweiler.

I interviewed screenwriter/film-instructor Craig Detweiler at Biola several months ago in L.A., before any trailers for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had even been shown. (The trailer debuted above Detweiler's head on a big screen at the Biola Media Conference.) That interview was published today at Christianity Today Movies. Here's a clip: Do you see "good, beautiful, complex, redemptive" films being made today? Detweiler: Almost every class I teach here ends with David Gordon … [Read more...]

Biola Day One

After I made the acquaintance of Greg Stump (I love meeting Looking Closer readers... it usually ends up with me becoming a big fan of them instead of the other way around), and we had a hearty breakfast, I took to strolling the sidewalks at Biola under a cloudy grey sky. The very first person I saw on campus was Craig Detweiler. He was engrossed in a conversation with some other faculty at a table, but his was the only face I could see. Good. Important contact #1 on campus! Detweiler's books … [Read more...]


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