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...]

The Kindlings Muse Reviews “Prince Caspian,” “Indiana Jones,” “Mongol,” and More

For all of those people who wrote to me asking, "What do you think of Bella? Isn't it great? Don't you love it? Isn't it the best movie of the year?" Well, I've finally delivered a review. It's here, in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Change We Can Believe In… At the Movies

The Passion of the Christ inspired speculation—in Christian and mainstream media—that things might be changing for Christians in Hollywood. Some used stronger language, declaring that the gate of Hollywood were swinging open wide for faith-focused filmmakers. Some Christians began to speak with an Obama-level fever for CHANGE in Hollywood.So, here we are a few years later. What have we seen happen? … [Read more...]

Kindlings Muse at the Movies: Iron Man, Standard Operating Procedure, I’m Not There, and many more…

A couple of weeks ago, Dick Staub, Jennie Spohr, Greg Wright, and I discussed Iron Man, Standard Operating Procedure; The Visitor; I'm Not There; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; Steel City; and the upcoming summer blockbusters that we're hoping will turn out to be worth seeing... like Indiana Jones, Get Smart, Wall-E, The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2. … [Read more...]

Ebert defends Indy’s Standing-O; C.S. Lewis on Mysticism

Indy's standing-oIndiana Jones IV got a standing ovation at Cannes. And Ebert thinks it was genuine.-What did C.S. Lewis have to say about mysticism?Listen to this intriguing podcast at The Kindlings Muse... William Butler Yeats once said, "The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. . ." This same thing could not be said of CS Lewis, whose faith was grounded in reason. In this episode of The Kindlings Muse @ the CS Lewis Center … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse on “U23D” and Many More…

At The Kindlings Muse, you can now download the latest podcast conversation about movies between Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr and me. On that fine afternoon a couple of weeks ago, we discussed... … [Read more...]

“The Bonofication of Christianity”

Don't miss this podcast of Dr. Jeff Keuss and Nigel Goodwin as they discuss Bono and his influence on Christian culture. … [Read more...]

The Browser 2/19: Engagement Sandra Bullock-style. Anne Lamott. Kindlings Muse.

Best Engagement Story Ever?My friend Tara Mansbridge and I had an extensive IM chat this weekend. She sent Anne and me an exciting announcement -- she's engaged to a fantastic guy named Bryan. This was no surprise. Tara recently relocated from Toronto to Colorado Springs due to Bryan's influence. But we're delighted that it's official now.Why am I blogging about this? Because it's the best movie-related engagement story I've ever heard. In fact... I think it's the best engagement story … [Read more...]

Staub, Wright, Spohr, and Me… It’s The Kindlings Muse on the Best Films of 2007!

Come on over to Hales Brewery, pour yourself a pint, and eavesdrop on my conversations with author Dick Staub and film critics Greg Wright and Jennie Spohr as we discuss our favorite films of 2007! … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse: A conversation about… yeah, you guessed it…

Okay, my apologies to those who are sick of hearing about The Golden Compass. … [Read more...]


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