Film ChatLast Days in the Desert: the Sundance round-up
Interviews with the filmmakers and reviews of the film about Jesus and Satan, which premiered two nights ago at the Sundance Film Festival.
Looking CloserListening Closer: Bjork’s “Stonemilker”
Sharing your heart with someone who in turn takes sledgehammer to it understandably leaves an impression.
Schaeffer's Ghost“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?”
Profoundly Russian – in both the literal and literary sense
1More Film BlogFoxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)
Deservedly nominated for multiple Oscars, "Foxcatcher" achieves maximal creepiness with this tragic tale of a du Pont scion’s relationship with two Olympic wrestlers.
Watching GodBig Hero 6: Binary Love
Disney has given us some pretty unlikely heroes: A wooden marionette; a flying elephant; a worry-prone fish. But maybe none has been quite as unlikely as Baymax, the inflatable robot from Big Hero 6. The robot looks like a cross between John Candy and a ping-pong ball. He’s a robotic, vinyl healthcare provider—more a digital [Read More...]
Sister Rose at the Movies“Exodus: Gods and Kings” – a shorter take
Director Ridley Scott’s imagining of the first half of the Book of Exodus is dramatic and majestic. We meet Moses (Christian Bale) and his “cousin,” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who have been brought up together. When Pharaoh (an almost unrecognizable John Turturro) gives them almost matching swords and then switches them, he tells both men [Read More...]
The RogueTom Brady’s Deflated Balls
By now, you’ve probably heard that the New England Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl. If you feel as I do about that, pause now to stifle your vomit or go ahead and let it spew. Ok sure, they’ve won a lot of Super Bowls lately and that’s cause for respect and commendation, [Read More...]
Doc HollywoodSELMA: The Fierce Urgency of Now
What does courage look like? Does it come with confidence, the swagger of certainty? Or does it spring from something more fragile, vulnerable, and costly? Selma offers a feature length portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that rises above clichés that drag so many bio-pics down. Far from a stodgy hagiography, Selma is enormously [Read More...]
Pop TheologyRyan Parker Reviews ‘Selma’
Ryan Parker had the chance to talk with cast members from Selma, including David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, and Common, as well as director Ava Duvernay. Here’s David Oyelowo on his sense of calling to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma: “My wife and I had moved to L.A. from the U.K. in May of 2007. [Read More...]
Christopher Closeup“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”
Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More...]