Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

“Even tough guys need Jesus,” a review of “Fight Church”

“Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” The question was posed to a camera in the documentary Fight Church. The film takes a look at a recent surge of interest in fighting for sport within the church. There are an estimated 700...
September 16th, 2014 | Ethics, Film | Read More

Storytelling and Expectations: How I Met Your Mother, The Last of Us, and Bioshock: Infinite

When we hear a story for the first time, I think we all try to predict the ending. Sometimes we’re spot on, and sometimes we are way off. The “twist” reveals as much about what we thought would happen as it does about the story we are hearing: sometimes a “twist” is so unexpected...
April 3rd, 2014 | Culture, Film, Gaming, Television | Read More

“Her”, Physicality, and the Nature of Love

Her made me uncomfortable. If you walk out of Her completely comfortable with the way relationships are presented, there may be something wrong with you (for my friends at The Critical Hit Podcast, discomfort comes primarily from unexpected outlets: the nature of purchasing an OS, the nature of consensual...
February 26th, 2014 | Film | Read More

Phone Sex: “Her”, OkCupid, and the Algorithms of Love

It’s been two weeks since I saw Spike Jonze’s new film Her. But it is only now, on a quiet night, that I finally feel ready to write about it. Because I am sitting alone with my computer and a chocolate bar, and it just seems painfully appropriate. My screening of “Her” coincided eerily with...
January 8th, 2014 | Film | Read More

The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug achieved a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, a full 9% higher than its predecessor. Many reviews cite the faster pacing of the film as the reason for it’s success, and it is definitely faster…but is that a good thing? I loved An Unexpected Journey. I loved everything about...
December 18th, 2013 | Film | Read More

The Christian Life in Disney

Anyone who boldly claims that they know some meaning within a work of art, must clarify whether they mean to tell us what the artist meant, or what they mean they find in the artist’s work. This theory is wholly my own. The Disney films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King...
November 15th, 2013 | Culture, Film | Read More

Ender’s Game Movie Review

Ender’s Game was good. That’s an extremely short version, but  the rest of this will mostly be caveats on that statement. So, don’t miss it: I really enjoyed Ender’s Game, the film. The source material is among my favorite books. I own multiple copies, have read it five or six...
November 4th, 2013 | Film | Read More

Of the Flesh: Zombies and Vampires

On Sunday October 13, the AMC television show The Walking Dead premiere drew in 16.1 million viewers, topping out the ratings for the 18-49 demographic, which even beat out Sunday Night Football. This is one of the many instances of the growing fascination with zombies, paired with a similar fascination...
October 31st, 2013 | Culture, Film | Read More

Think Like Vintage Mafia: Lessons On Justice from “The Godfather”

 “I believe in America. America has made me rich.” So states a customer of Vito Corleone, the Godfather. Someone raped his daughter and was promptly acquitted by means of a small bribe. This is a preponderant theme throughout the movie: the ideal system of American justice pays forfeit to the American...
October 14th, 2013 | Film | Read More

Tarantino and Luhrmann: Two Tactful Giants for a Less-Than-Subtle World

For some an itch and for others a yearning, but we all like some subtlety. So it’s completely natural to love the movies of Quentin Tarantino and Baz Luhrmann—simultaneously. Some of the most sensitive, subtle material in current American film comes from these two directors. Draw a line between the...
October 8th, 2013 | Film | Read More