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Recent happenings from around the web

So it’s been much too long since I last posted, due mostly to a hectic schedule. I apologize. Hopefully some of these interesting tid-bits from around the world wide web will make up for it.

1.) My favorite film critic, Mr. Jeffrey Overstreet, has posted a beautiful and insightful review of the film I am most looking forward to seeing this spring: The Flight of the Red Balloon. Check out a longer version at Looking Closer or for an abridged version check out Christianity Today Movies.

2.) Speaking of CT Movies, reviewer Peter Chattaway has conducted an interview with Ben Stein, star of the controversial new documentary on the intelligent design/evolution debate Expelled. Here is Brett McCracken’s review of the documentary.

3.) According to Variety actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Brad Pitt and Sean Penn on Terrence Malick’s 2009 film Tree of Life. Anybody else as pumped as I am for another Malick film to be challenged, moved, and changed by?

4.) Mr. Overstreet (whose blog I clearly peruse quite a bit – at least once a day in fact!) also has posted about a really beautiful poem he first heard on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac.” Lovers of poetry – or lovers of life – be sure to check this one out.

5.) The Weepies newest album is now out! It’s called Hideaway and it looks/sounds to be another beauty.

6.) Two of my favorite films from 2007 are now on dvd: be sure to check out There Will Be Blood and Lars and the Real Girl! Linked are my reviews of each.

7.) My good friend, and fellow Into the Hill contributor, Tyler Clair Smith has a new look for his blog and some great new insights.

8.) My dad, an education consultant and theorist has posted about why our schools aren’t producing enough scientists at his blog Quiddity. Very interesting.

9.) Martin Cothran (a friend and co-conspirator of my dad’s) recently posted a very insightful blog about the late Charlton Heston. Since his death, a myriad of posts commemorating his life have been filling RSS feeds across the web, but this is one of the best I have seen yet. (You will have to scroll down the page a little ways to an April 6th post).

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