Geek Goes RogueGeek Goes Catholic: How Atheists, Comic Books and Eating Jesus Led me Home
FilmChatNoah news round-up: new interviews, new op-ed pieces, new poster, and another book on the way
A "Shakespearean" film in which "the real star of the movie is the concept of original sin" gets people "going home to read the Bible," and more.
Geek Goes RogueGod’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 1)
Back when I was in college at the dawn of the 21st century, Christian films were just starting to explode onto the scene. Sure, religious-themed films have always been around to some extent, but it’s been just under twenty years since the era of the “Hey, we’re just as cool as Hollywood…no, seriously, we are!” [Read More...]
TinselWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Noah
I am glad a director with the insight and dark vision of Darren Aronofsky has taken on this story. It needs to be removed from nursery walls. It needs to be de-stuffed-animalized. It needs to be woken up.
FilmChatAaron Paul on Joshua and the size of Ridley Scott’s Exodus
The former co-star of Breaking Bad says his character in the upcoming Bible epic "also has a lot of inner turmoil".
Looking CloserBefore You See That Noah Movie, Read This…
Here's an article about the upcoming "Noah" movie that's sure to rub some Christian readers the wrong way. But Darren Aronofsky likes it. So does Russell Crowe. And so do I.
Schaeffer's GhostVeronica Charms
How to make a movie out of a TV series, and do it right.
Schaeffer's GhostDriving Fast with Nowhere to Go
An entire movie based on driving fast and not getting caught.
Looking CloserGirl Rising: A Film About Horrors, But It’s Not a Horror Movie
“I’m told my mother burst into tears when she learned my sex. She set me aside in the dirt.” Amina was born in Afghanistan, but no one made a record of her birth date. Only boys are given that kind of attention. At 11 years old, she was “sold” by her parents as a wife [Read More...]
Sister Rose MoviesA Rising Tide of Silence – a gentle doc on Thomas Keating
“Thomas Keating: a Rising Tide of Silence” gently documents the life of Fr. Thomas Keating, integrating his personal history and spiritual journey in a compelling blend of interviews with him and his Cistercian brothers, footage of Keating’s talks at interreligious gatherings, interaction with people who come on retreat, and in one case, his visits to [Read More...]
Looking CloserThe Great Beauty (2013)
I've just seen "The Great Beauty" and I'm still a little bit drunk on its imagery. It's a feast for those with big appetites for beauty on the big screen. But alas, the meal is soured by a bitter syrup.
Looking CloserNow You Can Watch the Zany Adventure Movie That America Missed
Looking for an escape? Searching for an exciting, hilarious, fun adventure film for the whole family? I highly recommend Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Globe-trotting adventure, over-the-top comedy, extravagant costumes, Egyptian tomb-raiding, and a rampaging pterodactyl… this movie has all of that and more. And it just arrived on Netflix. Now, before [Read More...]
TinselReview: Oscar Nominee ‘Her’ and Its Sadly Small, Dehumanizing Version of Love
The Oscar contender is most interesting for the things it leaves out.
TinselReview: Spectacular ‘LEGO Movie’ Connects All the Right Pieces
Watch it once to laugh. Watch it again to think and wonder.
Looking CloserThe LEGO Movie (2014)
The LEGO Movie is, at once, a movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember; the greatest LEGO invention of all time; and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity — not only with our LEGOs, but with our lives.
Doc HollywoodPHILOMENA: Sincerity Amidst Cynicism
While much of the Oscar race has centered around 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, a much quieter (and more profound) picture slipped into theaters. Philomena is a modest, true-life story about a woman in search of her adopted child. It chronicles the horrific abuse doled out in the Magdalene laundries overseen by the Irish [Read More...]
Doc HollywoodHER: The Lure and Limits of iLove
We live in an era of profound possibilities and deep-seated anxieties. We believe the future is bright, but we’re scared of the present. We seek solace in our digital devices, embracing the virtual when the actual feels too weird, wild, and uncontrollable. We are hyper-connected and yet oddly isolated. As Louis C.K. has noted, “Everything [Read More...]
Schaeffer's GhostLone Survivor: The Good War
Brutal and difficult, this is one of the most surprising, and best, American war movies in a generation.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Our Understated Habit of Daydreaming
Big dreams in everyday life.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Wolf of Wall Street and the New American Dream
The land of opportunity gives way to the land of entitlement.
Schaeffer's GhostLlewyn Davis is Empty and Pointless
In case you didn’t know, these filmmakers are nihilists.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Hobbit: Second Verse, Better Than the First
A welcome return to Middle Earth.
Schaeffer's GhostMary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks: On Loving Imperfect Fathers
What a beloved classic film and the Disneyfied history of its making can teach us about honoring imperfect fathers.