By Tim Winterstein - Today is a day for the silence of God. Through all the false accusations, the trials, the beating, the mocking, the crucifying: silence and abandonment. Jesus, the Son, cries out, asking why God, His Father, has forsaken Him, and there is no answer. For everyone who has prayed and heard no … Continue reading The Silence of God
By Tim Winterstein - How do filmmakers do the kind of thing that makes a movie great? No doubt, there's an artistry that can't necessarily be defined. The great ones just do it well. But there's technique that serves the artistry, and that's something that I want to understand better. So I have a half-fulfilled … Continue reading Boys with Bikes
By Tim Winterstein - I took my two younger children (9 and 7) to see Apollo 11 this past week. The older loved it; the younger fell asleep (though probably because of slight sickness, rather than from boredom). Fifty years ago this July, two men from the United States set foot on the moon for … Continue reading A Single National Goal
By Tim Winterstein - One thing you notice about Hirokazu Kore-eda's debut as a director of a feature film (he made three documentaries) is his patience. Maborosi (1995; I watched it with a free trial of Fandor on Amazon Prime) shows that patience from the very beginning. I didn't count, but I'd guess that the … Continue reading Walking Toward Life
By Tim Winterstein - “What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus when Jesus said that those who are of the Truth listen to His voice (John 18:37-38). Intentionally or unintentionally, Hirokazu Kore-eda's The Third Murder ([Sandome no satsujin], 2017, streaming on Amazon Prime) is a longer meditation on Pilate's question, also in the context of a … Continue reading What is Truth?
By Tim Winterstein - "And you may find yourself/Living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself/In another part of the world And you may find yourself/Behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house/With a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself, well/How did I get … Continue reading Chasing Life’s Lottery
By Hillary Asbury - This month’s illustration is based on Genesis 3: 17-19: Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat … Continue reading Dust You Are