12 May 2004

Madeleine L'Engle on Aging and 'The DaVinci Code'

Madeleine L’Engle’s book Walking on Water: Reflections on Art and Faith is one of the most important books in my life. Every artist should read it… every believer should read it… and anyone who’s ever been tempted to believe should read it. My passion to encourage artists toward excellence was

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11 May 2004

Fans of 'Donnie Darko'…

Want a glimpse of the next revelation from the director of Donnie Darko?

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11 May 2004

'Passion' DVD on the way…

Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions plans to unveil the video release of “The Passion of the Christ” on Aug. 31. It’ll cost you…

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11 May 2004

Dreamcatcher (2003)

I don’t want to write this review. But you are here to read about whether you should spend your hard-earned money on Dreamcatcher, and I don’t want you to waste your money, so let me exhort you: Run away. Run as fast as you would run if somebody invited you

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11 May 2004

Jerry Jenkins and me: an unlikely double bill

It’s true.

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11 May 2004

Congratulations to Madeline DeFrees…

…who I had the pleasure of meeting unexpectedly on Sunday at Elliott Bay Bookstore, while standing in line to have a book signed by another author. DeFrees is the first recipient of the Denise Levertov Award from Image. If you want to know why…

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11 May 2004

My Conversation With Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman

[Some of this material was previously published in March 2004 at Christianity Today.] – My review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind led to an unexpected opportunity: a chance to interview the two creative masterminds of this remarkable film. It was a privilege to meet Charlie Kaufman, writer of

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11 May 2004

Let's kick this thing off with an announcement… The White Witch!

Why not kick off this blog with something that looks like news? It’s starting to look official. Tilda Swinton looks like she may indeed be The White Witch of Narnia.

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11 May 2004

Hellboy (2004)

This review of Hellboy was originally published at Christianity Today in April 2004. – Some superheroes focus on settling a score. Some learn lessons about responsibility, talent, and weakness. But for some, like Hellboy, being a superhero is just a job. For director Guillermo Del Toro, the job of bringing

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11 May 2004

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

[Here’s my original review, which I posted at the original Looking Closer website on January 21, 2001. Ah, what a beginner I was. I also reported on Christian media coverage of the movie in my Christianity Today column called Film Forum.] • For the record, I’m not a big fan of the

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