Category Archives: Film

Zero Spoilers, One Persistent Theme Embedded in the ‘Star Wars’ Multiverse

“Why is this lobby filling up with so many dudes?” The question arose without warning, fueled by a random observation, but it made enough of an impression upon my consciousness that I felt compelled to snap a quick image of all the guys lining up in the middle of the work day to see the

Parting Ways with ‘The Walking Dead’

As one of our daughters made her way through her degree program at Mizzou, my wife and I found ourselves increasingly mystified by the “Walking Dead” watch parties she attended. These much-anticipated events were such a priority for her that competing calendar items were nearly always declined. Initially, the idea of a show dedicated to

Leave Some Room for Mystery and Awe

This past week, one of my friends shared with me how annoyed he was when an older, mature believer referred to him as “a baby Christian.” Although he would be the first to admit that for most of his life his outward lifestyle manifested precious little in the way of Galatians 5 Spirit Fruits, he

Disconnecting the Light Part II: ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

Posting here last Monday, I shared how my wife and I look forward to the holiday season for many reasons, one of them being that we legitimately get to break out our collection of Christmas movie DVDs, dust them off and enjoy them all over again with our kids, ages 9 through 25. These movies

Disconnecting the Light of Christmas: ‘Elf’

In our home, Thanksgiving celebrations have always included the official opening of Christmas Movie-Watching Season, with multiple family favorites being viewed every year. My memory may be a bit sketchy here, but it seems as though every single Thanksgiving weekend at our home since 2004 has featured at least one showing of the 2003 film Elf,

The Complicated Cloud of ‘Dark-and-Detached’

God bless the members of my Crossing small group; they continue to tolerate all sorts of crazed nonsense from me. Most recently, several of them agreed to come over on a Friday night and watch director Franc Roddam‘s 1979 attempt to bring The Who‘s 1973 double album Quadrophenia to the big screen. For many of

Do-It-Yourself Redemption Out on ‘Fury Road’

Several days ago, I went to see a movie with a friend of mine, a new release I was absolutely certain my wife would have no interest in seeing, Mad Max: Fury Road. Naturally, with writer/director George Miller at the helm, I fully expected to see several insane car chases and lots of testosterone-fueled violence.

Time, Isolation, Death and ‘Interstellar’

2 Kings 20:9-11 And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather

Gravity 3D: Experiencing the Void

Gravity is what Avatar promised to be: the film that transforms how directors use 3D to tell stories. Avatar‘s Smurf-Gully storyline was beautiful to behold, but it used (masterful) 3D technology exactly like its predecessors: a glossy finish to a mediocre film. I’m not enamored with 3D, so trust me when I say that 3D is the only

Happy Endings Preview: Pride & Prejudice

Last January, lovers of Jane Austin celebrated Pride & Prejudice’s 200th birthday with reading marathons, plays, tributes, balls, and even Pemberley themed desserts. English women recently ranked it as the most influential book in their lives. The novel’s been adapted to film five times in the last 60 years (including a Bollywood adaptation titled Bride & Prejudice). Despite two