Ten Favorite Ghost Movies

Okay, it’s October, Halloween’s coming, I love ghost stories, here’s a list of ten of my favorite ghost movies.  The list rules:  movie has to be about ghosts, not zombies or vampires or something; and it…

Movie: The Town

Not long ago, I reviewed Chuck Hogan’s excellent crime novel Prince of Thieves and recommended you read it before going to see Ben Affleck’s film adaptation, retitled The Town.  Now I’ve seen Ben Affleck’s film adaptation…

Me And Orson Welles

This is just a sweet little movie based on the novel by Robert Kaplow but it does have one real delight worth mentioning.  Screenwriter Holly Gent Palmo and British stage actor Christian McKay combine to create…

Myers: 1 Oprah: O

On Monday, I blogged about the need for praise when it comes to the arts.  But that’s not to say we don’t also need people willing to tear things into a million pieces when they deserve…

A Report on Story

Back from the Story conference in Chicago where I spoke last week.   The sold-out event featured artists and businessmen addressing young Christian leaders on how best to spread their message.  I spoke about some of the…

Singing The Praises: The WSJ Review

One of my biggest beefs with my fellow conservatives when it comes to the arts is what I’ll call “sanctimonious disengagement.” It sounds like this:  “I never go to the movies anymore!  There’s nothing good to…

Video Game: Heavy Rain

This is one of those games that come out every now and then that’s supposed to bring us closer to the realization of full interactive storytelling.  Indigo Prophecy was the last one I played–by the same…

On the Important Matter of Jennifer Aniston

Okay, this is a weird post, but hey, it’s my blog, so here it is. I hate chick flicks.  A lot.  Watching them feels to me like I’m at the dentist and he says, “Oh, sorry,…

Off to Story

I’m off this week to speak at the “Story” conference in Chicago.  Billed as “a conference for the creative class,” it’s a gathering of artists and ministers trying to figure out fresh ways to communicate Christian…

DVD: Harry Brown

To say that Michael Caine deserves an Oscar for his performance in this film is to give the Oscar too much credit.  Caine deserves to have other actors fall silent whenever he enters a room and…