Looking Closer’s Favorite Recordings of 2009

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What Movies Are in Your Top Ten List That Aren’t in Anyone Else’s? What Albums?

Looking Closer reader Tyler Petty just came up with a good idea for a discussion starter.I mentioned in my first installment of 140 Characters that the movie Midnight Run is on my list of personal, all-time top ten favorite films. I include that film for many reasons. Some of those reasons have to do with the film itself, and some have to do with the friendships in which the film played a memorable part.So Tyler suggested a conversation about what titles we'd include in our lists that … [Read more...]

Browser: U2 speaks. Filmmakers & Critics Pick Favorites. Buddy Miller.

Here's one of the best U2 interviews I've seen, filmed in Fez.It's not a very *professional* interview -- the interviewer asks redundant questions and keeps getting interrupted. But the band seems relaxed, in good humor, and full of surprising answers. You'll find out who Larry Mullen Jr.'s favorite band (besides U2) really is. And you'll find out what "Get On Your Boots" really about. Biggest surprise: The call to prayer begins in the town behind them, and the band chooses to stop the … [Read more...]

Michael Leary on “Redeeming Films”

Michael Leary of film-think links to CT Movies' 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2008. And then he responds: As a matter of fact, I also consider "redemption" to be a controlling critical factor in what I think of as "good" or "bad" cinema. But I would want to expand it, even redeem the term "redemptive" from the way it is so easily tossed about in evangelical cultural criticism. By now it is subject to Walker Percy's condemnation of how generic Christian vocabulary has become: "The old words of … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

Browser: Of Billboards, Brando, and the Best of 2008 (Updated 10:25AM)

NPR has the story of Rev. Gloria White Hammond, who brings a "ministry of healing" to those who are suffering in Darfur.Today, as I read this story of faith, love, and compassion, I'm reminded that Washington State's Governor Gregoire has allowed the following statement to be posted beside a Nativity Scene in the State Capitol""There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."Then why do the hopeless turn to the … [Read more...]

What’s the Greatest Final Shot of a Feature film?

At Arts and Faith, Buckeye Jones asked a distracting question today:What's your all-time favorite closing shot of a movie?Here are a few of mine... … [Read more...]

Readers Respond to the CT Movies Critics Choice

It's business as usual as readers respond to the 2007 Critics Choice list at CT Movies.What did readers think of Juno, which was the #1 favorite film amongst CT's film critics? And what about Into Great Silence, which showed up on both the Critics Choice list and the Most Redeeming Films of '07 list?Let's sample the first two letters posted on the updated Feedback page... … [Read more...]

The 2007 Critics’ Choice List from Christianity Today’s Film Critics

You saw the first list, the Most Redeeming Films of 2007. Now, here's the Critics' Choice list. I just can't wait to read the mail this week! … [Read more...]

CTMovies: The Top 10 Most Redeeming Movies of 2007

Okay, here's the first of CTMovies' two annual movie lists... … [Read more...]


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