Prayer at the Movies

Did you see The East this summer? Neither did I, but in Christianity Today Patton Dodd says that the overlooked, gritty thriller was all about prayer: Efficacious prayer isn’t The East‘s message; it’s just the film’s basic narrative assumption. A first-act prayer determinesThe East‘s trajectory no less than it drives Frank Capra’s beloved holiday noir It’s a Wonderful Life(1946). [Read More...]

Adrift: Gorgeous Fog

This is purely just for the “wow, cool” factor: I spotted this time-lapse short film that looks at fog in the San Francisco Bay Area, by filmmaker Simon Christen. It’s gorgeous, and only four and a half minutes long: Adrift (on Vimeo) [Read more...]

For the Weekend: Work, and the End of the World

Three links for your weekend reading: First, Katherine Leary Alsdorf wrote a piece called “Stop Apologizing for Caring What You Do,” over at QIdeas. The cocktail party question, “What do you do?” may arise from superficial motivations, but the question isn’t bad. Let’s ask ourselves the question on a regular basis. What do we do [Read More...]

The Les Misérables Movie: Background on the Bishop

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and the Bishop (Colm Wilkinson) at dinner.

The Bishop of Digne from Les Misérables is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. In this post, I’ll explain why. Recently, I’ve been blogging on the movie version of Les Misérables (1. Fact Check, 2. Script Changes, 3. Suddenly, 4. Surprises at the End). Today, I want to step back and give [Read More...]


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