IAM Encounter 11 Discovery #1: The Johnny Cash Project

I saw two things on the big screen at IAM Encounter 11 in New York last week that I came home eager to share with you.Then I lost a whole week due to illness, and that isn't over yet. So I'm tired of waiting until I feel better. I'm just going to post them... … [Read more...]

Friday specials: Frederick Buechner, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, "The Prestige"

My friend Julie Mullins has written a substantial article about Frederick Buechner's lastest collection, Secrets in the Dark, in the new issue of Image. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of both the book and the journal.Secrets begins with a meditation on the story of Jacob wrestling the angel titled "The Magnificent Defeat." I read it aloud last night to Anne, and we were both deeply moved by it. Having grown up in the church, I've heard so many sermons that I find it difficult to pay … [Read more...]

Walk the Line (2005)

Imagine a film about the life of Tom Cruise that pretends that his marriage to Katie Holmes was a thrilling triumph, and all of that stuff about Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers was just an unfortunate prologue. Now imagine if that film only made a couple of sketchy, passing references to Scientology. Would you accept this film as the proper monument to Cruise?Or better, imagine a film about the story of Bono and U2 without mention of the Bible study where the band members became close friends … [Read more...]

More trouble in Cash-land: GetReligion says the film blows it.

Over at GetReligion, Terry Mattingly's paying attention to see if "Walk the Line" will tell the true story of Cash's redemption. And apparently, they're disappointed. For years, Cash prowled the stage on amphetamines and wept as he sang “The Old Rugged Cross” — often in the same show. Things got better after he married June Carter in 1968, a meeting of souls made in heaven, but worked out in the flesh under the parental gaze of Ezra and Maybelle Carter. These country-music pioneers not only pray … [Read more...]

Joaquin Phoenix is Johnny Cash

Check out the slideshow. That second photo of Phoenix and Witherspoon together at the microphone ... uncanny! … [Read more...]

Joaquin Phoenix is… Johnny Cash?

And Reese Witherspoon is... June Carter Cash? … [Read more...]