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...]

On Criticism

My good friend, Mike Demokowicz, a photographer and educator who has taught me a great deal, sent along this quote in an email today.It made me think of Anton Ego's speech in Ratatouille... only it's richer and more complete. … [Read more...]

Your Deepest Impulse

Opus is meditating on a profound passage from The Screwtape Letters. And you can meditate with him, free of charge. I recommend it. … [Read more...]

Are Movies Increasing Your “Capacity to See”?

At Long Pauses, Darren Hughes has posted a quote that I want to share with you here. (Thank you, Darren.) The main problem with narrative in film is that when you become emotionally involved, it becomes difficult to see picture as picture. Of course, the laughing and crying and suspense can be a positive element, but it's oddly nonvisual and gradually destroys your capacity to see.-- Michael Snow, speaking to Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema, Vol. 2 That's beautiful. It expresses … [Read more...]

More on Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”

Another arresting quote from the lead singer of Arcade Fire: “Central to the album," Win Butler says, "is this idea that Christianity and consumerism are completely compatible, which I think is the great insanity of our times.’”- Chicago Tribune, Section 7, p14, March 4, 2007 Thanks to Thom for catching that! … [Read more...]

“Bridge to Terabithia” and Author Katherine Paterson

Walden Media's upcoming adventure Bridge to Terabithia looks intriguing. I haven't read Paterson's work yet, but an interview she did for Books and Culture several years ago has stuck with me because of the passionate way she spoke about the role of the Christian artist... Access to the full article requires a subscription to the CT library (an investment that will reward you above and beyond your expectations, by the way). … [Read more...]

Lynch, God, Termites

I just had to chuckle over this abrupt shift from one question to the next in The Stranger's interview with David Lynch... The ideas of good and evil as portrayed in your movies lead me to ask if you believe in God.For sure. But… I do, but it’s probably not a man on a throne.My 9-year-old read me this from a magazine yesterday, and I thought of you—the fact that the weight of all the termites in the world is heavier than all the humans. But you never see them, they’re under the surface … [Read more...]

Alfonso Cuarón: “Narrative is the Poison of Cinema”

Children of Men drops you smack dab in the middle of an apocalypse. You'd better be ready.Alfonso Cuarón isn't interested in explaining everything to the audience. He wants us to struggle to get our bearings. The work of understanding is what makes art an experience rather than just an assault or a "message." … [Read more...]

A Word from Frederick Buechner

The world speaks of the holy in the only language it knows, which is a worldly language.- Frederick Buechner, A Room to Remember … [Read more...]

A Word from Teilhard de Chardin

"By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers." - Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu  … [Read more...]


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