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My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year's Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends […]

My Favorite Things of 2014: Film, Theater, Books, Restaurants and Music

Every year, I take the opportunity to look back on the year just past, to say thanks for the gifts of culture and people that led to my growth. I wish to recognize those cultural artifacts that are most memorable to me, and some that just made me smile, or led me to sing and […]

My Favorite Films of 2012 … So Far

I had time to catch up on a lot of film this summer, and it now seems appropriate, at this mid-point in the year, to report on my favorite films of 2012 so far. By now, my readers will know that I’m not much given to summer blockbusters, but this summer I enjoyed a few […]

The Golden Globe Nominations

Hollywood Reporter announces the results of today’s Golden Globe nominations. I love the Golden Globes because they include television and often foreshadow the Oscars. I’m quite pleased with these nominations, though I would like to have seen a better showing for Get Low and Robert Duvall, and I’m really not sure how the mediocre The […]

I See You Seeing Me: Finding God in “Avatar”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YDz-ftqr1g] I recently was very moved when I saw James Cameron’s stunning “Avatar”. I just had sat through a sermon that morning about¬†the text from Genesis 16 about the birth of Ishmael by Hagar. If you are not familiar with the story, or have forgotten this disturbing story from your childhood flannel graph in Sunday […]

My 20 Favorite Films of 2009 (so far)

This is one of the finest years at the movies that I’ve experienced this decade, as the years prior left me underwhelmed. I can only surmise that fewer than five films that I mentioned in my “decade” posting last week will become classics. Last year, there were no movies that stood out to me as […]