Further Thanks to Christianity Today for a Generous Send-Off

Today's unexpected notes from the team at Christianity Today have been a tremendous blessing to me at the end of a trying week. I am deeply grateful.And thanks to those of you who left comments for me there as well. All I ever did was ramble on, ad nauseum, about an art form that I love. That it has come to anything at all is powerful evidence, to me anyway, that there's a creative, resourceful God in charge of things. I've learned as much from my colleagues and readers on this journey as I … [Read more...]

Christianity Today Relishes Trash, Waste, Environmental Destruction, and Obesity

In other words...Christianity Today film critic Josh Hurst *loves* WALL-E! … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/14: Brooks on “Neural Buddhism”; Fraggles; Scarlett Johansson; Why I’ll Miss Dubya

Brooks on a new challenge for those who believe in a "personal God"David Brooks talks about why believers' debates with Richard Dawkins are "just a sideshow," and that the real revolution is something like "neural Buddhism."-Fraggle Rock is here to stayCory Edwards is bringing back the Fraggles. Here's his announcement, and a quick Q&A.-Scarlett singsJosh Hurst reviews Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers. You can probably guess where the weakest link … [Read more...]

More 2007 Lists Worth Noting

My Netflix queue just went into cardiac arrest as I read about all kinds of new movies on the 2007-Best lists from Doug Cummings and Robert Koehler. What would I do without tour guides like them?Nate Bell separates wheat from chaff.Brandon Fibbs is impressed with many, but only one "gobsmacked" him.David Hudson still has the greatest film-lover's blog on the web, and his own list is as interesting as any I've read. (I can't wait to get into a theater to see his #1 … [Read more...]

Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” – A Review by Josh Hurst

As I'm so busy revising the sequel to Auralia's Colors in preparation for a Fall '08 release, I've fallen behind on my music reviews.So I've invited Josh Hurst, one of the most enthusiastic and thoughtful listeners I know, to fill the gap for a bit, and he's generously agreed. Here's his review of one of my favorite albums of 2007. (I'm working on my "favorites" list for the year, and hope to publish it on the last day of 2007.)If you've written or read any interesting perspectives on … [Read more...]

Long-title Specials: Fibbs on “Assassination”; a Wedding for Hurst; Flannery on the Church

The Brandon Fibbs Review of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.That was fun to type out. I think I'll share some more news in the same style...-The Proposal of Josh Hurst to Kati Ferst Resulting in Their EngagementCongratulations to one of my favorite bloggers and critics... Josh Hurst!-And finally...The Perspective of Flannery O'Connor on the Imperfections of the ChurchA memorable quote, worth passing around, featured recently at … [Read more...]

Conversations with Critics About Favorite Films of 2006

It was the year of the endangered baby. Tsotsi, L'Enfant, The Nativity Story, Pan's Labyrinth,Children of Men... all of these films were focused on either infants or unborn children who are carried through terrible danger. But that was a subset of films characterized by a larger similarity.... It was the year of the nightmare. … [Read more...]

"Serenity" is Flying Back Into Theaters

Thanks to Josh Hurst for noting the return of Mal, River, Wash, and Zoe... … [Read more...]

Hiatus!! (or Through a Book Project Darkly)

For the first time in my five-plus years writing the weekly Film Forum for Christianity Today Movies, I'm going on hiatus.The lovely and talented JOSH HURST will be piloting the craft while I'm gone, and I'm sure I'll be humbled by his zeal and competence.I'll return to that "desk" in June.Right now, every spare moment is focused on my book about faith and film: Through a Screen Darkly. … [Read more...]

Josh Hurst Interviews Erin Zindle of The Ragbirds

I love The Ragbirds' Yes Nearby more every time I listen to it... and I'm listening to it a lot these days.Thus, I'm thrilled to see Josh Hurst has just published the first interview with Erin Zindle that I've come across, and it's a keeper.Here's a snippet: J: Let’s switch gears now and discuss your songwriting. Your songs have some pretty heavy explorations of faith-related issues, and it’s evident that you write from a Christian perspective, and yet, unlike a lot of the so-called Chr … [Read more...]


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