CTMovies: The Top 10 Most Redeeming Movies of 2007

Okay, here's the first of CTMovies' two annual movie lists... … [Read more...]

Steven D. Greydanus’s Favorites of 2007

There is no film critic whose writing I enjoy more than Steven D. Greydanus, even though we sometimes have very different opinions of particular films. (There Will Be Blood, for instance, which didn't mean much to him, but my head is still spinning with all that I enjoyed about the film).When Greydanus gets passionate about a movie, that itself is an experience worth beholding. And when he shines the ultraviolet light on a beloved blockbuster to reveal its flaws and fractures, he leaves me … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s 25 Favorite Films of 2007 (With an Introduction About List-Making)

Once upon a time, I was naive enough, and arrogant enough, to post lists of "the year's best films."But now, I'm reluctant to even offer a list of recommendations. It would probably be better if I posted my Favorite Movies of 2007 in 2009 or 2015.And speaking of lists, here are a few reasons why... … [Read more...]

Into Great Silence (2005)

The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I would reply: Create silence! The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. And even if it were blazoned forth with all the panoply of noise so that it could be heard in the midst of all the other noise, then it would no longer be the Word of God. Therefore create Silence. - Soren Kierkegaard ... surrender to Into Great Silence as you would to a piece of music, … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher on “Into Great Silence”

It's been a few weeks since I included any more raves here for the year's most important and memorable film so far.So here we go...Rod "Crunchy Con" Dreher discovers Into Great Silence. It is an amazing film -- in fact, this is probably the closest anybody will ever come to embodying prayer on film. ... This beautifully shot film forces you to pay attention to the tiniest things: the way the light falls on a bowl of fruit, the sound of a monk's scissors on rough fabric as he prepares a … [Read more...]

Commonweal on “Into Great Silence”

The new issue of Commonweal includes one columnist's thoughts on Philip Gröning's Into Great Silence and the Viriginia Tech massacre. The writer (I can't find his name on the page) says, The film has been a huge hit, not only in New York but also in allegedly secular Europe. Its success reminds me of the rave reviews given to Marilynne Robinson’s wonderful, quiet, and unabashedly Christian novel Gilead. There is a spiritual hunger that goes deep. Some of its expressions can be shallow, but the n … [Read more...]

The New Yorker on “Into Great Silence”

Into Great Silence is "ridiculously popular" in New York, according to a new article in The New Yorker. And when New York's only Carthusian shows up to talk about his order, things get even more interesting. … [Read more...]

Reverence, awe, simplicity, prayer: Three amazing hours at the movies.

 Last night, I watched Into Great Silence.I'll be writing about it in detail soon, but I can tell you now: I doubt I'll see a more affecting, inspiring, convicting work this year.It opens in Seattle today. Go see it.Be prepared. It's almost three hours long, and it may feel more like five.... Get caffeinated.Take your friends. Plan to discuss it afterward... but maybe not immediately.It's not a story. It's an experience... a documentary that captures a way of life. … [Read more...]

FILM FORUM: Into Great Silence, Zodiac, Black Snake Moan, and Wild Hogs

Welcome to the first installment of Looking Closer's Film Forum! Yes, Film Forum has moved from Christianity Today Movies to Looking Closer, and things are going to change somewhat. It'll include links to a wider range of reviews, from the religious press to mainstream film criticism. It's not meant to be a comprehensive list of reviews, but rather just a journal of the reviews that caught my attention with some arresting observations or opinions. We have oh-so-many mainstream reviews that … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on the First Must-See Movie of 2007

Steven D. Greydanus at Decent Films, one of my favorite film critics, has me scrambling to make plans to see a quiet movie that just might creep past moviegoers unnoticed. … [Read more...]


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