11 May 2004

Making Songs Out of Stories: Over the Rhine's Linford Detweiler on 10 Years of Songwriting

[This interview was originally published at the website for a non-profit arts organization called Promontory Artists Association in February 2000.] • Linford Detweiler has learned to take it easy. It’s a Saturday afternoon in Seattle, unusually sunny for late February, and he joins my wife Anne and me for coffee

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11 May 2004

Monster’s Ball (2001)

[This review was first published on the original Looking Closer website on May 12, 2002.] – In Monster’s Ball, Billy Bob Thornton plays Hank, a corrections officer carrying intense racial prejudice in one hand and a sidearm in the other. Hank’s aging father Buck (Peter Doyle) constantly reinforces the family’s

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11 May 2004

The Dish (2000)

  [This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in 2002.] – The Dish is one of those rare movies that does not aspire to be anything but short, sweet, and good for the heart. Thus, it doesn’t arrive like an “event,” and it leaves not with

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11 May 2004

Star Wars, Episode Two: a film forum

My coverage of reviews for Star Wars, Episode Two was originally published in the Film Forum column at Christianity Today in May 2002. • The previous Star Wars film, 1999’s Episode One: The Phantom Menace, has become the most successful of the entire series. Ironically, it is also considered one of the

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