took my kids to see zathura saturday night, after leaving disneyland. what a fun story. yes, it’s jumanji in outer space — but it never denies that. lots of great scenes those of us in youth ministry will want to use in teaching, once it comes out on DVD.
tonite, i’m in grand rapids for some meetings at zondervan (our publishing partner). jay, our publisher, and david, our marketing director, and mark yaconelli — author of the upcoming book Contemplative Youth Ministry — are here with me. after dinner with z peeps, mark yac, jay and i went to see shopgirl. i’d read this steve martin novella a few years ago, and really enjoyed its simplicity. the movie was lush. not a complicated story — just a character piece of a young woman in LA (claire daines) finding her way, and looking for reciprocated love. steve martin and jason schwartzman play totally opposite love interests. while the story is great, and reveals our longing for love beyond physical, the beauty of the movie is the way it is shot — with lots of long awkward silences, a slow (but not boring) pace, and acting that goes way beyond dialogue.