Reader Mailstrom, 6/18: “Your reviews are no longer of value to the Christian community.”

I'm starting a new column, chronicling stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email.Most of these letters are real. Some of them are amalgalms of a variety of messages. Some of them are what I read between the lines of the things readers really wrote.Each installment of Reader Mail-strom will be updated over the course of the day, so check back to see if I've responded to you.•READER: Thanks for your blog about Ted Slater's over-the-top attacks on CT's review of S … [Read more...]

My Favorite Music Reviewer Speaks

Andy Whitman, my favorite writer at Paste Magazine, delivered a lecture at the Trinity Arts Conference last week.I missed it. My work schedule prevented me from attending, and it hurt to miss out. Nobody writes about music with more passion than Andy. And few can draw from such a wealth of experience in listening closely. I've discovered a great deal of excellent music from following Andy's journeys. And it is a privilege to call him a friend.God bless him, he just gave me permission to … [Read more...]

Focus on the Family says “Christianity Today Relishes Sexual Perversion.” Call That What It Is: A Lie.

Once a month, I talk with Kim Ketola about movies, faith, and culture on her "Along the Way" radio program. She runs a great show, and isn't afraid to ask tough questions.This week, Kim and I talked about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Bella. Then she asked me for my thoughts on the film Sex and the City. (Listen to the podcast here.) [2013 UPDATE: That podcast is currently offline. Well, it has been five years now.]Since I haven't seen it, I didn't give Kim a revi … [Read more...]

Reader!!!! Mail!!!!

This week's blue-ribbon-winning letter from a reader comes in response to my review of No Country for Old Men, which was published at CTMovies.The reader writes: … [Read more...]

Have a Joyous Easter!

I imagine driving from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, to my grandparents' house. … [Read more...]

“Through a Screen Darkly” is One Year Old

It's been an interesting week.On Tuesday, I submitted Cyndere's Midnight, the sequel to Auralia's Colors, to the editors at WaterBrook Press. There's still some "trimming" and editing to do, but it's almost ready to go.Time flies when you're working a full-time desk job, writing movie reviews, and then spending six-to-seven hours in the evening (and all weekend) hunched over a hot laptop writing fiction.The difference between Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight will probably … [Read more...]

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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This review was originally published in an abridged edition at Christianity Today.-In Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, detective Jake Gittes became suspicious of a devious California millionaire named Noah Cross, played by the great John Huston. Dazzled by Cross’s fortune, which he’d acquired through laying irrigation pipelines across Los Angeles, Gittes asked why such a rich man would want to get richer. “How much better can you eat? What can you buy that you can't already afford? … [Read more...]

The Golden Compass – Christians, Controversy, and Phillip Pullman – A Commentary

¬†And so it begins.The first review of New Line Cinema's The Golden Compass, which is based on the first book in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, has been published in The Daily Telegraph.Telegraph reviewer John Hiscock says: ... an early screening of The Golden Compass in Los Angeles reveals that the investors who put up the $90 million cost of the film can rest easy - though it lacks the impact or charm of The Chronicles of Narnia, the special effects are ex … [Read more...]

Looking Closer… looking back.

Moments like this just make me grateful to work with such thoughtful, brave, and dedicated collaborators. … [Read more...]

Have We Lost Our Minds?

If you've been reading the CT Feedback page and reading this blog, you've seen a lot of recent criticism, and read a lot of accusations, regarding the philosophy of CT Movies reviewers.Well, my blog post describing our "philosophy" inspired an invitation to share the same thoughts at Christianity Today Movies. So my editor, Mark Moring, and I did a bit of editing and polishing and now here it is again, new and improved, with a much better title. … [Read more...]


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