William Krischke

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (24 of 32)
Location: Portland, OR United States
In My Own Words:
Read my movie reviews at www.gonnawatchit.com. 927 helpful votes? I wish Amazon counted how many 'unhelpful' votes I get. I may be able to claim the crown as the most hated reviewer at Amazon. Let's face it, folks. Not everything deserves four stars.

I hardly ever read a book that's not taught in a classroom somewhere, or won an award at some point. Is that bad? So many books, so little time.

I listen to an awful lot of music.

I have a movie review website: www.gonnwatchit.com. So natura… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 387,193 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 32
Collection ~ Jennifer Knapp
Collection ~ Jennifer Knapp
In the mainstream music business, it's an unwritten rule that you don't release a "Greatest Hits" album untill you've been around for at least ten years or five albums, or you are calling it quits. Anything less than that is considered self-indulgent and/or money-grubbing, as it takes very little work to put together a greatest hits album, but brings in a lot of cash.
Apparently the christian music industry cares not for unwritten rules. I am embarassed for Jennifer Knapp, one of my favorite artists, that she would release an album like this. She is essentially saying, "I want more money, but I don't want to have to work for it. So I'll just repackage what I've… Read more
Whole ~ Pedro the Lion
Whole ~ Pedro the Lion
4.0 out of 5 stars the bridge, July 1 2004
This is Pedro's first concept album. The first song is a high-minded rejection of the philosophy of Christianity, then the second and third track a descent into addiction, and the third is encountering Jesus again -- this time as the "hole fix it man" (or maybe that's "whole fix it man") only one who could maybe help. The fourth is about peace and rest, and the fifth is peace and rest. By taking us through this journey, Pedro is making an important point -- that following Jesus isn't a matter of intellectual assent, but of experiential need. Kierkegaard is all over this album.
The standout song is the climax, "Almost There." This song is the bridge between punk and emo. We… Read more
A Peculiar People: The Church as Culture in a Post&hellip by Rodney Clapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 23 2004
Clapp begins by showing how the church, since the time of Constantine, has functioned as a subordinate, a "chaplain" to the dominant culture. This is not a new idea (see Luther) but if it is new to you, this book does a good job expositing it. What Clapp does add to the discussion is a sharp analysis of where the church stands today -- as modern society decides it doesn't have much use for a chaplain anymore, what is the church's response? He shows how conservatives who want to put "God back in government" and liberals who want to take the gospel out of church functions (weddings, funerals, etc.) are essentially twins separated at birth -- both are simply trying to reclaim the church's… Read more