‘The Shack” – finding God in the dark

"The Shack," based on the 2007 best-selling novel by William P. Young, is now a major motion picture starring Sam Worthington and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. In wide release today, the film, in my humble opinion, far surpasses the novel. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I am not a fan of the "Christian" genre, because most of those movies lead with a message rather than the story. I prefer to figure out what the movie means rather than sit in a theater as if it were a Sunday … [Read more...]

The Shack: Christian Film with a Catholic Touch

My feature story on the new film "The Shack" is now live at St. Anthony Messenger!Be sure to click through to read the entire story. (I have posted just a few opening paragraphs here.)The film opens on March 3, a great film - and just in time -  for Lent.In 2007, Canadian author William P. Young, with the help of two minister friends, self-published The Shack, a novel that he had written as a Christmas gift for his six children. It became a USA Today and New York Times best seller … [Read more...]

Terminator Salvation

Christian Bale is John Connor in the new Terminator movie (# 4 with the possibility of more to come) that challenges our sense of time in true Termiantor tradition.  Australian Sam Worthington is Marcus Wright. Although he is not a complete new-comer, I didn't know him. I thought he was American until his Australian accent whispered out when he was under pressure (of a really big and bad machine, I think). John Connor ends up leading the resistance against the self-aware Skynet defence system b … [Read more...]