Five Must-See Movies of the Summer (Including “Stories We Tell”)

Burning up this summer? Chill with Sarah Polley in this summer's must-see documentary: Stories We Tell,

July is flying by, and I haven't had time to review all of the films I've seen — the rewarding films or those that left me cold. But to ensure that you don't miss out on the high points of my moviegoing summer so far, here is a quick review of my five favorites. … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies. So I've taken this first movie and expanded it into two movie reviews... … [Read more...]

Nine Years Ago, I Met Gandalf

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Even though I was starting a brand new job the following Monday, and even though I had the flu, I got on that airplane and I traveled from Seattle to Hollywood, where I checked into the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, and joined my friends and colleagues Steven Greydanus and Greg Wright. We saw an early screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King together. And the next morning we spent several hours interviewing cast and crew members. Those interviews took place nine … [Read more...]

Father-Figuring It Out: “Margaret,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and More

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What does Moonrise Kingdom have in common with The Master, Sinister, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Margaret? … [Read more...]

Abraham Lincoln: A Trailer, A Speech, and “Divine Providence”

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Yes, the trailer is here. And it looks... well... huh. To me, this preview makes it look like a big sappy Spielberg movie that is reverent to a fault. It looks like it takes place in the same world as Amistad, where the themes are louder than the details, and everything is filmed so that characters look more like noble wax museum representations than living, breathing human beings. Of course, this is just a trailer. Perhaps the film will be better than this trailer makes it look. Since … [Read more...]

Take Shelter (2011) and Movies About the End of the World

In "At World's End: The Age of the Apocalypse Movie," an article published at Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, I consider Take Shelter and other films that show an increasing obsession with the end of the world. … [Read more...]

Blue Like Jazz (2012): A Conversation with Steve Taylor

My review of Blue Like Jazz was published at Filmwell.org several days ago. But that was just the warm-up. My conversation with director Steve Taylor has just been published on the website of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. Enjoy. We talked about the movie, how the good people at Reed College responded to it, and more. Steve opened up about his feelings on The Hunger Games, The Tree of Life, and his upcoming rock album. … [Read more...]

Films About the Future

In the new issue of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, which is focused on matters of science, faith, and imagination, I recommend some of my favorite movies about the future.  … [Read more...]

Reverie – The New Joe Henry Album

NPR First Listen is streaming one of my favorite 2011 records. And...  … [Read more...]

What the Oscars Overlooked

Let's revisit the ten films that earned Best Picture nominations. What did they really have to offer? … [Read more...]


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