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Eric Robert Nolan graduated from Mary Washington College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He spent several years a news reporter and editorial writer for the Culpeper Star Exponent in Culpeper, Virginia. His work has also appeared on the front pages of numerous newspapers in Virginia, including The Free Lance – Star and The Daily Progress. Eric entered the field of philanthropy in 1996, as a grant writer for nonprofit healthcare organizations. Eric’s poetry has been featured by Dead Beats Literary Blog, Dagda Publishing, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere. His poetry will also be published by Illumen Magazine in its Spring 2014 issue.

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My review of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”

I’m pretty sure I have a crush on Tilda Swinton after watching “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), and I’m not sure what that says about me.  If this is a Christian allegory, then I can vaguely conclude that her character is the devil … or at least some sort of Winter Chick Anti-Christ.  Theologically speaking, that’s … that’s kinda bad, right?

But she’s mesmerizing, and steals this movie just as she stole “Constantine” (2005) in her role as the archangel Gabriel.  What an amazing talent she has for portraying powerful female villains.  She has a damn hard stare and an exquisite voice and diction.  She takes fairly one-dimensional dialogue here and and makes it sound like Shakespeare.  And she’s frightening — I jumped at her first explosive outburst at the errant Edmund.

My own pathologies aside, this is actually a terrific children’s movie.  It seems like a great way to introduce pre-teens to fantasy and engender an interest in reading.

Yes, there is a Christian subtext, but the movie doesn’t proselytize.  It’s more of an enjoyable allegory than anything else.  (Jesus as Warrior-Lion?  What the hell — it’s more fun than anything I heard in Catholic school.)  The faith-over-reason messages weren’t lost on me (i.e., Susan admonished for “trying to be smart” instead of having faith enough to cross the icy river, the Professor’s willingness to believe).  But the movie doesn’t clobber the viewer over the head with these messages at any time.

The special effects here seem pretty good too.  I’ve always heard that CGI animals are harder to render, because their hair makes it difficult.  These looked great — and the artists also captured human facial expressions for them.  I can’t imagine that this was an easy task.

To the consternation of friends, I have never read C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia.”  I did read Lewis in Dr. David Cain’s fantastic Christian theology class at Mary Washington College, however, and was impressed.  I liked “The Screwtape Letters” well enough, and I thought “A Grief Observed” was wonderful — the latter would actually be a great companion book to Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.”  This film actually made me want to read the “Chronicles.”

All in all, this was a good movie — I’d recommend it to any parent who wants to interest their child in books.


Some more nice Amazon customer reviews for “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More.” Thanks, folks.

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This is my number one favorite poem of all time!! It is a section of W. H. Auden’s “The Sea and the Mirror” that is next to impossible to find online.

I am not sure why it is so rarely found on the internet, but this site made my day.