Tomorrow’s Film Forum May Catch Angry CT Movies Readers By Surprise.

Some Christianity Today Movies readers have sent in some very angry mail in response to Josh Hurst's review of Facing the Giants. They're saying things like (and I quote...) Shame, shame, shame on you for giving Facing the Giants a bad review! I've heard that Christianity Today is anti-Christian. Now, I believe it! Yep. "Anti-Christian." Christianity Today is "anti-Christian" because a guy wrote that there are some flaws in a movie made by Christians.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think … [Read more...]

Why My Faith is Not “FoxFaith,” and Great Art is Not Necessarily “Christian art”

When I saw a promotional video for the arrival of FoxFaith, a special library of movies that "Christians and families can enjoy," I had a flashback.As I perused the titles of films being included in that label, I felt the walls closing in, trapping me in a familiar world of art that consisted of: A) Nice, gentle, comfortable entertainmentB) American nostalgiaC) Bible stories. About ten years ago, I decided that I couldn't take living in such a small world anymore. … [Read more...]

Looking Closer Classic: "Mystery and Message"

Not much to blog about today, as I've been sitting at home and at a top-secret Seattle coffee house all day working at condensing all of my thoughts about the wonder of movies into a book. As I wrote, I kept recalling things that I learned from one man: an art photographer and English instructor named Michael Demkowicz. No one taught me more about art than "Mr. D." … [Read more...]

"Don’t Come Knocking" – full of "Christian content"?

By the way, one of the films I recently really enjoyed -- Don't Come Knocking -- contains the following content, listed for your convenience by the "Christian reviewer"* at Movieguide:Content:Very strong humanist, anti-biblical worldview with immoral characters who are driven by their broken souls to make life decisions, as well as light Christian elements can be seen by discerning viewers that shows the fruitlessness and emptiness of immoral decisions and God-less lifestyles;24 … [Read more...]

A Movieguide Survivor Responds to the Previous Post

This comment was added to my previous post, and I'm grateful to Sean Gaffney for his input and perspective. Wow, Jeff, where to begin.I had the interesting experience of writing freelance reviews for Movie Guide years ago (way too far down the food chain to even meet the founder). On one hand, I feel for you, brother. On the other – congratulations! If Mr. Baehr thinks you deserve attack, it probably means you are doing quality work.And my heart goes out to all the reviewers working u … [Read more...]

Jonathan Rosenbaum on "Crash" and How He Rates Movies

Today, Jonathan Rosenbaum zeroes in on what drove me crazy about Crash. … [Read more...]

Critic of the Month

For the month of May, the spotlight falls on STEVEN D. GREYDANUS.Steven is, I think, the closest thing to a Roger Ebert in Christian film criticism. His reviews have a strength and a confidence to them; he speaks with authority, experience, eloquence, and a penetrating intellect. From time to time, I disagree with his reviews, but rarely ... and even when I do disagree, I still learn from his perspective. … [Read more...]

Is Ebert’s Memory Failing?

UPDATE: It turns out that he was thinking of a scene from "Rick," a film that was out a couple of years ago, with Bill Pullman. Spooky. And, as a matter of fact, Ebert's review has now been corrected, and the mistakes are gone.-Roger Ebert's review of "In Good Company" is very very strange indeed.(Kudos to Steven Greydanus for catching this bizarro review.)First of all, he says,It's about a corporate culture that tries to be evil and fails.I've seen the movie, and I have … [Read more...]

More Fun with Film Review Editing!

Here are more paragraphs from recently published Christian film reviews. Get out your red pen and respond in the comments section.Remember, the goal here is to emphasize the need for better film writing, not to ridicule anybody or put down any particular online review site.The first ste of excerpts is from a new review of Sideways. I won't say who wrote it. I won't say who published it. I'll just say it proved very difficult to read because I kept wanting to wake up the editor.Here's … [Read more...]

It’s Only Fair

Having encouraged people to tear other Christian-film-reviews to pieces with their editing cutlery, I should put myself on the operating table as well. I do this to emphasize that I'm interested in better writing, not in belittling other review writers. … [Read more...]


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