Lost Highways: Two Big-Screen Journeys into Darkness That Drove Me From the Theater

Lost Highway

I can't explain this: On two occasions in the last eight months, I’ve walked into Seattle’s Varsity Theater on a Tuesday night during an unexpected cloudburst and bought a ticket to a critically acclaimed motion picture, only to march right back out of the theatre about 70 minutes later.Yes, that whole description fits both situations.I cannot explain why the circumstances — the location, the night of the week, the weather — were so strangely similar. I can, however, say that my patience … [Read more...]

Dogville (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today on March 26, 2004. -There is an unforgettable scene in Dogville. It is unconventional, risky, unsettling, and it sums up writer/director Lars von Trier's rage against human hard-heartedness. In a wordless moment, the camera, the actors, the stage and the silence offer us a sobering observation. All that comes before it has set the stage for this moment, when the movie makes its chilling revelation.Like Jesus' parable of the Good … [Read more...]


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