The Browser, 5/27: Sydney Pollack; first Coldplay review; Phillips’ single; Springsteen’s gospel; Christians & pop culture; Lamb’s lecture notes; Indiana Jones’ most painful ordeal

Remembering Sydney PollackGreenCine Daily compiles the tributes.What's your favorite Pollack film?-Over-praising ColdplayWhat appears to be the first review of Coldplay's Viva la Vida has appeared in The Sun.It's a review by Gordon Smart.Now, I'm somewhat curious about the album. I've always found Coldplay moderately entertaining, but never truly inspiring, and nowhere near riveting. But I am very curious about the vast popularity of the band, and I keep going back … [Read more...]

Tom Waits interviews himself.

Brilliant. … [Read more...]

TitleTrakk interview

Kevin Lucia at TitleTrakk asked me some questions about Auralia's Colors. Like these: … [Read more...]

Specials: Fantasy Debut Talks “Auralia’s Colors”; Walter Talks “Lars and the Real Girl”

Three quick notes before I close up shop here at 1 a.m. ...I had a chat with Fantasy Debut's Tia Nevitt about Auralia's Colors this week, which you're welcome to read. She asked thoughtful questions. (A while back, she finished reading the book and posted her thoughts.)Adam Walter, one of my favorite bloggers, just posted some wonderful observations on my favorite comedy of 2007: Lars and the Real Girl. He also noted Ebert's response (but warns of spoilers).P.S. Don't miss McSweeny's … [Read more...]

Steve Brown: A Wild and Crazy Guy

"Steve Brown Etc." is not your typical Christian radio program. And Steve Brown is not your typical host. (In fact, because I appeared on his program on my day off, he granted me "three free sins." Bonus!) … [Read more...]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Podcast

Nuclearity has just posted a very special podcast. I had the privilege of contributing to this, but that's not why I'm linking to it. I was moved as I listened to a wide variety of people share their views on why A Charlie Brown Christmas stands apart as a treasure of holiday storytelling.Take a few minutes and listen to this remarkable program.[2013 UPDATE: The recording has been moved to this location.]The other guests include:Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to … [Read more...]

Chattaway’s Email Conversation with “Golden Compass” Author Philip Pullman

Peter T. Chattaway has a new article about The Golden Compass up at CanadianChristianity.com.But even more interesting... here is the transcript of his email interview with author Philip Pullman.If there is anybody out there agreeing with Donna Frietas... that The Golden Compass is a work of deep Christian theology... I recommend you consider the things Pullman says in this interview.Plus, Pullman says a few things about his upcoming work, in which he says he'll be saying "a whole … [Read more...]

A Fascinating Interview With Philip Pullman From 2000

I linked to this interview when Philip Pullman's book The Amber Spyglass, the concluding chapter in His Dark Materials,was published. … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on “The Golden Compass”

I've been doing a lot of radio interviews about Auralia's Colors, and questions about Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass keep coming up.I've been planning a sort of once-and-for-all blog post about the controversy, but for now you'll find a few of my responses to these questions posted here. (The transcript has several errors in it, but I can't do anything about that. Still, you'll get the basic idea of my response. And where it seems I've "quoted" the book, that's only a spur-of-the-moment … [Read more...]

Podcast: Sheridan Voysey talks with me about great movies that can change lives.

You can now download the podcast of Sheridan Voysey's radio program where I discussed the power of movies with him a couple of weeks ago. (I mentioned this broadcast a few days back.)Of the many on-air conversations about movies I've enjoyed, this was one of my favorites. … [Read more...]


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