Quentin Tarantino, America’s Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked

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Strange territory. That's where I found myself this week.In four new articles, I wrote things that made me feel a little lonely. I was writing from a foreign country, far away from the preferences of the general moviegoing audience. And yet, I wasn't feeling much kinship with other film critics either.Art will do that to you. If you're paying attention, it'll lead you to new ways of thinking that make your friends look at you with concern.This story stars a gunslinging hero, some … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: A film about faith made by artists, not evangelists.

At Seattle's Harvard Exit theatre last March, I witnessed a rare and wonderful thing on the big screen—a thoughtful portrayal of devout Christians putting their faith into practice.I was caught off guard. I've developed a serious allergy to "Christian movies." They usually turn out to be big-screen sermons with very little storytelling imagination and hardly a trace of poetry or visual composition. Moreover, they're often misguided fairy tales that imply a relationship with Jesus will lead t … [Read more...]

Of Gods and a Film Critic

I just received this message from Andrew Welch, who just saw Of Gods and Men. ... … [Read more...]

“Happy Thieves”

Today at Image, A.G. Harmon has posted some thoughts on one of 2011's must-see movies... … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: One of those movies we need, but few people really want.

I finally saw Of Gods and Men.The film received a rave review from my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, so it's been high on my list of must-see priorities.I'm so glad I spent a Saturday afternoon and eight bucks on it.It's a quiet, powerful film, profound and inspiring in its picture of faithful Christians. It may not be as poetic as, say, Babette's Feast, nor does it have a complex visual vocabulary like Ordet. It provides sufficient tours of the characters' surroundings to … [Read more...]

So It Begins: National Board of Review Honors

The National Board of Review's awards for 2010 have been announced.The always-dubious affair has some typically excellent examples of "Wow! Awesome!" and "What the...?" And, as always, this sparks a season of everybody else coming up with better selections than these.A few highlights: … [Read more...]


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