First Impressions: The Salt of the Earth, Clouds of Sils Maria, Predestination

A time-traveling terrorist hunter. A photographer who descends into the world's most harrowing hells. An actress desperate to defend her reputation and legacy from a reckless upstart. You never know where the movies will take you.Well, actually, yes — you do know where movies will take you. Most of the time. I'm not interested in the routine — that's why I'm not reporting on Avengers: Age of Ultron. You could go see that, I suppose. It might be fun and momentarily distracting. Or you could op … [Read more...]

Wings of Desire’s Cassiel Takes Flight: Otto Sander Dies at 72

The German actor Otto Sander died today. But he will live on in the movies he made, like the legendary submarine thriller Das Boot, and my all-time favorite film, Wim Wenders' poetic and glorious Wings of Desire.  … [Read more...]

Look! Wes Anderson Winners, Over the Rhine, James Bond, “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln,” Twitter, Wim Wenders, Aimee Mann, Scott Derrickson, Sara Zarr, and “The Kid With a Bike”

Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

Criterion’s Wings of Desire: My Favorite Movie Gets Its Ideal Treatment

The best way to see Wings of Desire is on a very big screen. But it's also important to see a print that delivers its extravagant imagery without distortion or damage. Thanks to The Criterion Collection, a pristine version is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.My revised review of the film is here. … [Read more...]

Through the Eyes of Angels, Cowboys, and Christians: A tribute to Wim Wenders, and an appreciation of his films.

This interview was originally published at Looking Closer in 2006. An abridged version of this feature and interview was previously published at Christianity Today Movies.-A movie star is sitting on an old couch in the middle of the street in Butte, Montana. … [Read more...]

Image Artist of the Month: Wim Wenders

This month, Image Journal's Artist of the Month isfilmmaker Wim Wenders.As one who was formerly selected, I can promise Mr. Wenders that his fame will now skyrocket, and he'll never have to worry about paying bills again!All kidding aside... Wenders is one of my heroes. He's been on Image's advisory board for years, and is a good friend to publisher Greg Wolfe. He directed my all-time favorite film, Wings of Desire, and has recently been collaborating with writer/director Scott … [Read more...]

Wings of Desire (1987)

When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions. Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end? ... Isn't what I see, hear, and smell just the mirage of a world before the world? ... How can it be that I, who am I, wasn't before I was, and that sometime I, the one I am, no longer will be the one I am? - Damiel in Wings of DesireThe Criterion Collection has just polished up Wings of Desire — my favorite film — an … [Read more...]

Donata Wenders: How I came to Christ.

I read this today, and it made a good day much, much better.God bless Donata Wenders. … [Read more...]

Wim Wenders’ Better Half?

Donata Wenders has a new book.Who?Donata Wenders is the wife of director Wim Wenders (whose work I celebrate in Through a Screen Darkly).And she Wenders has a new book of photography, arriving under the banner of a rave from that great photography critic we all know and love: Bono. Transformation, transubstantiation: flesh somehow becomes spirit. Donata‚Äôs images feel eternal to me, like they were always going to happen. Observed, not posed. Poised for the next world, a better wor … [Read more...]

Death of an Angel

I've just learned that Solveig Dommartin, the otherworldly beauty who brought an angel down to earth, and who found wings of her own, in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (my favorite film), died of a heart attack on January 11.She was 45 years old. … [Read more...]