Podcast: Listen as a Theology Professor, an English Professor, an Ordained Minister, and a Film Critic Talk About That Noah Movie

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Just imagine.What would happen if, after all of the clamor and debate about Darren Aronofsky's controversial film Noah quieted down, I — a mild-mannered higher-ed communications specialist by day, and a cantankerous film reviewer by night — sat down in a Seattle pub with... … [Read more...]

Podcast: What Do Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, and Jay Gatsby Have in Common?

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Two posts back, I gave you a challenge: Close your eyes. If I say the word “masculine,” who is the first familiar face that you see? Who’s the man?Last week, I had the honor of joining Dr. Jeff Keuss, Dr. Christine Chaney, Carlo Nakar, and show host Jennie Spohr for another evening of lively discussion at The Kindlings Muse. Before a live audience at Hale's Ales Pub and Brewery, we talked about masculinity, action heroes, and who we consider to be the manliest of them all.I won't spoil it … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Wes Anderson Movie: Which One… and Why?

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Moonrise Kingdom? The Royal Tenenbaums? The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Rushmore?Which Wes Anderson movie is your favorite? And why?Are you going to take a stand for The Darjeeling Limited? Bottle Rocket? The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou?I want to know. And if you're willing to share, I might share your perspective on an upcoming podcast. Here are the details... … [Read more...]

Oscars: What will win? What should win? Come on. There are better questions.

Once a year, at the Kindlings Muse - a live panel discussion that takes place at Hale's Brewery and Pub - we devote a whole show to considering the strengths, weaknesses, themes, and theological implications of popular movies.Today, the podcast of our annual Oscar show was posted, featuring Dr. Jeff Keuss and Dr. Chris Chaney, show host Jennie Spohr, and for comic relief... me!We talk about all nine Best Picture nominees... … [Read more...]

Listen to a podcast discussion of The Tree of Life at The Kindlings Muse.

Here's the podcast recording of the discussion I had about Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life at The Kindlings Muse with Jennie Spohr and Dr. Chris Chaney. … [Read more...]

Monday Night is Malick Night!

Next Monday evening in Seattle, you're invited to a live podcast discussion of the films of Terrence Malick.You're invited to the Kindlings Muse! Read on for details. … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Podcast on the Election… I Mean, on Zombies and Vampires

“Oh the Horrors!"What's the best way to regain perspective after election-week madness? … [Read more...]

Day-making Email about “Auralia’s Colors” and The Kindlings Muse

Two years ago at this time, I was frantic to wrap up revisions on Auralia's Colors. Last year, I was frantic to wrap up revisions on Cyndere's Midnight. In the next three weeks, I'm wrapping up revisions on Raven's Ladder... if my laptop doesn't catch fire first.So it's very encouraging, in the long long hours of trimming, re-writing, and re-imagining, to get a letter like this one: … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Movie Show is Back!

After taking the summer off, I was happy to reunite with the team for another Kindlings Muse movie show, recorded at Hales Pub and Brewery. Jennie Spohr was not able to join us; she's home enjoying the company of her newborn. Congratulations, Jennie! But I enjoyed a lively conversation with Greg Wright and Dick Staub about our favorite films of the summer, some new releases, some DVDs worth renting, and took a few moments to share some personal favorites that we consider "classics." … [Read more...]

God and Hollywood: Have Movies Improved Since “The Passion of the Christ”

One week ago, beer-drinkin' believers gathered at Hale's Brewery in Seattle to discuss The Passion of the Christ, "faith-based filmmaking," and whether Mel Gibson's movie heralded a new era for Christian filmmaking (as so many believed it would), or a new era in mediocrity and proselytizing.Sorry, the beer's all gone. But the discussion still lives! Listen to Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr, and me as we talk it over and respond to challenging questions at The Kindlings Muse!Here's … [Read more...]


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