In Honor of Sister Rose Pacatte

Today, The New York Times is telling the world about my fellow Patheos blogger Sister Rose Pacatte!This just makes my day.I've always enjoyed the company of Sister Rose in the community of those who love to discuss the inseparable natures of art and faith. So many who are identified as "Christian film critics" seem to spend the majority of their time complaining about the unethical behaviors they see in the movies, whether those behaviors are merely depicted or actually condoned. But … [Read more...]

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Blight: The Problem With Pi-ety

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If A. O. Scott's description of Ang Lee's movie Life of Pi is accurate, then he's confirming my suspicions about the hollowness of the narrative's heart. That is to say, he's assuring me that the movie preserves the fundamental wishy-washiness of the book's core ideas. … [Read more...]

New York, New York: New Thoughts from Bono

Bono's started work in his new job... columnist for the New York Times. And I like the first installment. … [Read more...]

NY Times: Ten Great Christian Rock Songs

It's not hard to demonstrate that Christian rock is often... even usually... cheesy, derivative, and shallow. Much of it sounds like commercials for Jesus rather than artistic endeavor.But there are exceptions, although I'd prefer to take the modifier "Christian" off of those songs and just call them Songs... Good Songs.On April 16, The New York Times ran a column by Daniel Radosh, who identifies himself as a secular Jew, author of Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of … [Read more...]

A Portrait of My Favorite Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis rarely ever acts in a film. But when he does, it's not something you easily forget.I first encountered him when I saw A Room with a View, which remains one of my favorite films. It's just perfect. And Day-Lewis is astonishing in his ability to take a character that could so easily have been a scapegoat and turn him into a three-dimensional character. In fact, he owns the movie's most moving scene.Since then, again and again, he has been nothing short of extraordinary. … [Read more...]

Frank Rich on Gullible Christians Getting Duped

A rather arresting commentary from the notorious Frank "I Still Hate The Passion of the Christ" Rich.The sad thing is that this time, he right about a lot of things.Problem is, it's on NYTimes Select, so you may not be able to read it.Here's a snippet: The Machiavellian mission for the hit-deprived Sony studio was to co-opt conservative religious critics who might depress turnout for a $125-million-plus thriller portraying the Roman Catholic Church as a fraud. To this end, as The … [Read more...]

U2 in The New York Times

U2 wins raves in The New York Times today, and look great in the photo that accompanies the article. (That photo's sure a lot more interesting than the album cover, which is the most unremarkable in the band's history.) … [Read more...]


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