Cameraperson Points Its Lens at Both Death and Life

A review of Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson.For 20 years, Kirsten Johnson has shot memorable documentary features about human suffering and the ravages of war (Pray the Devil Back to Hell, The Invisible War). Her new film, Cameraperson, collects snippets from her work on many of those features to weave a challenging tapestry—an odd hybrid of autobiography and catalog of infamy and human suffering—that threatens to become morose but which provide moments of transcendence and deep hum … [Read more...]

Schaeffer’s Ghost’s Summer Vacation

By THE EDITORSAs Schaeffer’s Ghost approaches its first anniversary, we want to share some news, brag a little bit, and give you advance notice on some upcoming free stuff.First, we want to say "thank you" to our readers. Time and again we’ve enjoyed the responses to our posts from our readership, including comments from a few authors whose books we’ve reviewed here. Hearing from readers is a big part of what keeps us writing. So thank you, and please keep reading and comme … [Read more...]

The Music of the Last of the Mohicans

Review of The Last of the Mohicans, Directed by Michael MannWhen I was in high school The Last of the Mohicans (1992) made a profound impression on me. Rewatching it two decades later, I think it was all about the music.The 1992 film that I saw turns out to be a remake of an adaptation of a novel published in 1826 by James Fenimore Cooper. There have been at least eight screen versions of the book, with the 1992 effort being a remake of a 1936 predecessor. What’s more, the book was one o … [Read more...]

Argo: A Hollywood Feel-Good Fantasy

Argo, directed by Ben Affleckby Paul D. MillerNo wonder Hollywood loves Argo.  It is a movie about how movies save the day.Argo has already won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, the BAFTAs, and the Critic’s Choice--and probably the Oscars, by the time you read this.  All for good reason:  it is an excellent film--funny, suspenseful, intelligent, and thrilling in fine balance.  But is it really better than Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty?Hollywood seems to think … [Read more...]

Introducing “Mind Over Media”

Welcome to “Mind Over Media,” a blog on books and film by a group of evangelical Christians.  We are not artists, do not pretend to be professional critics, and have no pretension to Critical or any other kind of Theory.  Among our contributors are an attorney, a professor of international relations, and a student at Yale Divinity.  We have no methodology, no school of thought, and no official hermeneutic.  We’re a group of over-educated Christians who love 1) Jesus, 2) books and film, and 3) tal … [Read more...]