Joke of the Day (except that it’s true)

I'm not making this up. This just happened to me.I was contacted this morning by someone who works for one of the three major news networks. They wanted me to come downtown and film a segment for a TV news talk-show addressing the question, "Is the media anti-religious?"I prepared. I pondered. I was ready.Here was the basic idea of my planned reply: "'The media (if we must use such a vast generalization, like "Hollywood" or "Democrats" or "Republicans") tends to go with whatever … [Read more...]

Many, Many Thanks to Those Who Emailed Me

To those who have emailed me in response to The Seattle Times feature on Looking Closer, I can't thank you enough for the encouragement you've given me. I *will* answer each and every email that you've sent as I find the time, but it's going to take a while, so I appreciate your patience.If you wrote and asked me to come speak to your church, I appreciate that, but please understand that my several jobs make for a fairly demanding schedule and I will not be able to respond to all of those … [Read more...]

Looking Closer Becomes a Cover Story!

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The Seattle Times article is up! (... he says, as he crawls under his desk in bewilderment.)On the front page of the Pacific Northwest Magazine section, it'll appear just ahead of the headline: Slug Bait No More! … [Read more...]

More Mail for CT’s Top 10, and My Visit to an SPU Classroom

A couple of days ago, I posted some of the complaints that have come in to CT Movies about the year-end Top Ten List that they posted. And I replied to those complaints.I also used them as material to enliven my presentation when I guest-taught a class for Dr. Joyce Erickson on literature and Christian cultural engagement yesterday at Seattle Pacific University.Speaking of "engagement," several of the students were engaged enough to stick around for another 30 minutes discussing how … [Read more...]

My Constantine Adventure: Interviewing Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and others.

Angels. Demons. Humans caught in the middle. Heroes trying to resist temptation and defeat Satan’s emissaries.Sounds a lot like an adventure yarn from the mind of Frank Perretti.But Francis Lawrence’s action-horror flick Constantine is a far cry from This Present Darkness. While the hero is an exorcist casting out demons right and left, he’s not exactly driven by humility or selflessness. And he’s not too fond of God.Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a chain-smoking exorcist who kn … [Read more...]

Feedback: The good, the bad, and the ugly

CT Movies is getting some feedback on the movies chosen by their critics as the Best of 2004.Here are some examples that editor Mark Moring has posted on the site. … [Read more...]

The Looking Closer Interview – David O. Russell (or, The Day the Director of I ♥ Huckabees Turned Me Into a Priest) (Featuring an appearance by Mark Wahlberg.)

When I walked into the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Seattle to interview director David O. Russell, I thought I was prepared.  … [Read more...]

I Dreamed I Interviewed Flannery O’Connor

I love doing interviews with thoughtful artists. It's one of the greatest thrills of my work. I've had the privilege of interviewing writers like Scott Cairns and Dana Gioia, musicians like Linford Detweiler and Don and Karen Peris, and filmmakers like Patrice Leconte, Spike Jonze, Kevin Smith, and Peter Jackson. Sometimes, it's frustrating to see how many of my dream interviews are "out of reach"... like Flannery O'Connor.So I decided to unearth some of the most wonderful things O'Connor … [Read more...]

“There’s no profanity in my society…”

This letter came to me in response to my article at CT about profanity in the movies. My argument covered a lot of points, including the fact that artists often use their work to hold up a reflection to culture with all of its pros and cons. Thus, art often reflects foul language because, clearly, the culture which we have been challenged to love and transform does indeed include people with colorful speech.Here is the response: If you ask me, this is a pretty flimsy way to rationalize and … [Read more...]


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