June 24, 2017

IM Film Review: Manchester by the Sea

IM Film Review: Manchester by the Sea Writer-director [Kenneth] Lonergan, best known for 2000’s Oscar-nominated “You Can Count on Me” and the more recent “Margaret,” has a phenomenal ear for intimate, authentic dialogue, for how people really talk, not how movies think they do. • Kenneth Turan, LA Times • • • I have heard several film […]

IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East

The Old Wild West in the New Middle East IM Review of “American Sniper” The title of this review reflects a line from American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s reverent biopic of Chris Kyle, a sniper during the Iraq War credited with 160 kills, the most in American military history. It also reflects iconic films from Eastwood’s career. He, of course, […]

Classic Film Review: Babette’s Feast

Two elderly sisters named Martine and Philippa lived in a small community on the bleak coast of Denmark. Their father was the pastor of a small Christian sect characterized by simple living, sacrificial service, and strict separation from the world. When they were young, they had opportunities to marry but did not. They remained serving […]

Classic Film Review: Grand Canyon

Simon: “Man, the world ain’t supposed to work like this. I mean, maybe you don’t know that yet. I’m supposed to be able to do my job without having to ask you if I can. That dude is supposed to be able to wait with his car without you ripping him off. Everything is supposed to […]

IM Film Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.” * * * Gail and I have had the privilege of traveling to India a half dozen times, and I know why people go there seeking enlightenment and guidance for their lives. No matter where you are […]

IM Film Review: The Tree of Life

By Chaplain Mike “There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow…. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries… Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to […]

Another Look At Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Editor’s Note: I posted my review of Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Saturday evening. I did not care for the movie in the least. The set was cheap. The effects were boring. Character development, outside of Eustace, was non-existant. But my biggest complaints were how the story was twisted, and the author’s intent was turned […]

The Store Is Open

You will notice a new ad on our home page. If you didn’t notice it, please take time to notice it now. There. Nice, isn’t it? We are happy to announce the opening of iMonkPublishing, a new part of the Internet Monk community. This is a place where you can buy books that we recommend […]

“What About Bob?” and Christian Ministry

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Note from Chaplain Mike: Dan has been a good friend for nearly 25 years, and a great partner in ministry. He is pastor of Franklin Community Church in Franklin, IN. He will be one of our new Liturgical Gangstas, who should reappear here at IM in August. Welcome, Daniel! Is […]

IM Film Review: Into Great Silence

It is a pity that the world has lost all sense of God. • Carthusian Monk, “Into Great Silence” Into Great Silence is not a film one watches, it is an experience into which one enters. It is an immersion in the contemplative life. It is seasons passing, the sound of snow falling, the buzzing of flies. […]