Million Dollar Baby (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today. -Some people live lives in which their prayers are answered, their dreams fulfilled, their needs met, and their lives richly blessed. Others live lives of frustration, longing to hear God's voice, carrying excruciating burdens and struggling to maintain their belief that their Creator cares … or that he exists at all.Million Dollar Baby looks like a boxing movie, but at its heart, it is the story of a spiritually frustrated ma … [Read more...]

Save “J”

There's a new comedy opening this month, one that's received a lot of praise at film festivals.And I'm very concerned about what is going to happen when it opens.Since I don't want to distract people who will see the movie and mess up their experience of it, let's just call it "J" for now.J's storyline involved a controversial ethical decision, just as Million Dollar Baby's story involved a different controversial decision.Already, conservative and Christian media personalities … [Read more...]

Boxing day.

Warning: Late-afternoon rant ahead.Watching one of those movie-trailer television commercials on Monday (I mean, a TV commercial projected on the big screen, not a movie trailer on television), I finally reached the breaking point.The commercial was for The Apprentice and The Contender. I'm not fond of The Apprentice, because it seems to reward dog-eat-dog behavior. But I won't touch The Contender with a ten-foot pole.I want boxing to go away.Yes, I liked Million Dollar Baby, but … [Read more...]

Web debris: Cruise, "Sin City," Leary and Loy on Eastwood and "Closer"

So, here are a few pieces I stumbled across today...A mind-boggling update on director Todd Haynes' spectacularly weird concept for a movie about Bob Dylan. I cannot wait to see this. Haynes said he wanted to capture the many aspects of Dylan's character, and his solution was a "multiple refracted biopic" in which Dylan would be played, among others, by an 11-year-old black boy and a young white woman. I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan, now going ahead via Paramount, … [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...]

I’m in the L.A. Daily News today.

It's always strange to have one or two lines quoted when the interview lasted an hour. But there it is. ... … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood Denies Advocating You-Know-What

I'm not going to spoil the ending to "Million Dollar Baby."But for those of you who know how it ends, and think that the film is advocating such behavior, listen to Clint Eastwood's sharp retort: … [Read more...]

Should Christian Critics Be Applauding Certain Oscar Contenders?

UPDATE: Okay, I admit, I posted a somewhat reactionary entry earlier after reading Barbara Nicolosi's post about the Oscars today at Church of the Masses. I'm a big Barbara Nicolosi fan, even though I don't always agree with her, and today's post just rubbed me the wrong way. So, to make up for my disrespect to Barbara, I'm going to re-word this post, since Barbara's been gracious enough to clarify...-Act One screenwriting guru and blogger Barbara Nicolosi is on the attack today, … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood speaks.

Eastwood addresses the controversial conclusion of Million Dollar Baby... … [Read more...]


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