Last night I got this from Netflix:

We’re offering you a special opportunity to give your friends and family one month of Netflix service for FREE – that’s twice the length of our regular free trial!

You’re a friend, right? If you want in on this, just send me your email address, and I’ll forward the offer. I promise I won’t add you to my newsletter list (that’s up to you) or ever, ever sell or give away your address.

Netflix is a cool company, and this is a cool offer. The offer expires 6/15/08, and – sorry – it’s good only in the US.

Let me know.


Screenwriter Mike Rich and Director Catherine Hardwicke have given us a gift this Christmas, and it is this film.

The story is the same one you’ve recited all your life: the same angels, the same shepherds, the same wise men silhouetted with their camels against the sand.

But you see it all as if it were new. You notice things long hidden in plain view in the gospels and you think, of course, of course.

You see, as if you’ve never seen him before, Emanuel. God with us.

The God who came for you.


I watched an Italian film with my husband tonight, which turned out to be
really a pleasant surprise. Usually we avoid subtitled movies because
our television is small, and our eyes get tired–we tend not to blink.

This one was worth the work. I don’t even want to tell you much about
it and spoil the unfolding story, but the film just gets better and
better, and the end is beautiful and understated, quietly powerful.

It’s called I’m Not Scared. I recommend it.

“The beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars.” ~ Johnny Cash

Something tells me this is going to be a great movie.

(Thanks to Jeffrey Overstreet for the link.)

 Apropos of I’m not sure what, here’s what Jeffrey Overstreet calls the best silent movie trailer ever. Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Overstreet edits Looking Closer, a site devoted to the search for “truth, beauty and meaning in the arts.” Good reviews of books, music and film. Worth bookmarking.