Paperback TheologySuperman: Coming to a Church Near You
There was an interesting article on the CNN belief blog yesterday. It’s about the marketing effort Warner Bros. is making toward pastors in an effort to get them to help market their new Superman franchise entry Man of Steel, via their pulpits this Father’s Day.
Al MihrabSuper Pros and Cons
The good news is - according to Man of Steel - we're not alone in the universe. The bad news? All the aliens are crazy white guys.
Geek Goes Rogue“Supes” and the beauty of spectacle
The years of 1977 and 1978 changed my life. The two greatest movies of my childhood came out; Star Wars and Superman. These spectacles made me want to tell stories for a living. There are more than enough Gen X’er nostalgic pieces about Star Wars. However, I’ve seen very few about Superman. While this meant [...]
TinselMovie Flicks and Politics
Is 'Man of Steel' a Blue State movie or Red State movie?
Schaeffer's GhostDoes 'Iron Man 3' Reflect Obsession with Science?
The line between magic and science in Hollywood films has begun to fade.
Geek Goes RogueIntroducting Geek Goes Rogue!
The Movie Channel is glad to have comic, movie, and gaming geeks onboard. Geek Proud!
TinselReview: The Internship
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson deliver an extended pep talk to the youngsters.
Looking CloserWarm Bodies (2013)
Well, it could be that zombie movies have finally eaten my brain, but I think this movie has an honest-to-goodness heartbeat.
FilmChatNoah: possibly “psycho”, definitely not “benevolent”
Russell Crowe says the protagonist he plays in next year's Bible epic is "not benevolent." One critic who has seen the screenplay says the character might even be "psycho."
Church of the MassesWhy You Don’t “Care About the Characters”
(My business partner at Catharsis, Vicki Peterson, and I, are working on a book of salient points about visual storytelling. I spent most of today writing about character. Here’s a tease for the upcoming sure to be classic, “Little Gems”…) One of the most frequent notes that gets bandied about in Hollywood about a bad [...]
Sister Rose Movies“After Earth” a father and son story that’s out of this world
A thousand year’s after human activity has destroyed the earth, humans have made a home for themselves on Nova Prime, a planet outside our solar system. Kitai (Jaden Smith) is in training to be a member of the Ranger Corps like his father, General Cypher Raige (real life dad Will Smith). Kitai, who bucks authority, [...]
Schaeffer's GhostReview: Now You See Me
Magicians use their trade in heists. Starring Jessie Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, and Woodly Harrelson. Should you watch?
FilmChatBible movie of the week: Samson and Delilah (1949)
The movie that kicked off the "1950s Bible epic" genre actually came out in 1949 -- and it has finally been released on DVD. Here are some thoughts on the film and how it tweaks the original Bible story.
Looking CloserHas the Power of the Ring Corrupted The Hobbit‘s Filmmakers?
Today's Entertainment Weekly story about The Hobbit's new character played by Evangeline Lily has dealt a heavy blow to my hopes that this series will improve.
Looking CloserHey, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and Ang Lee: What’s Your Verdict?
What film prize means more to filmmakers around the world than an Oscar? Somebody won it today. And most American moviegoers — munching popcorn and slurping corn syrup as they watch disposable, factory-made films — won't even notice that it happened.
Doc HollywoodMUD: McConaughey on the Mississippi is an instant classic
Searching for a movie full of heart and soul? Mud is a scrappy bit of Americana, hewn from the banks of the Mississippi River. Filmmaker Jeff Nichols taps into his Arkansas roots to craft an instant classic, like Tom Sawyer, circa 2013.
TinselReview: Fast and Furious 6
So much fun you don't even care it's utterly ridiculous.
Schaeffer's Ghost'Epic' Community Focused on Serving...
FilmChatWill there be two Bible epics on the big screen in 2014?
Ridley Scott's life-of-Moses epic Exodus may be coming to theatres in December 2014 -- just nine months after Darren Aronofsky's Noah.
Christ and Pop CultureThe Kiddy Pool: Remembering ‘The Office’… and Our Vows
"But that scene with Pam and Jim reminded me of something more, too, of something that holds my marriage together in spite of my shortcomings."
FilmChatStar Trek into Darkness — first impressions (spoilers!)
Some spoiler-filled thoughts on the new Star Trek movie's mix of intriguing new ideas and recycled plot elements, plus: principles of non-interference, political subtexts, adolescent sensibilities, increased profanity and more.
Christ and Pop CultureMusic Matters: Feeding the Poor with Beauty in Music
"Without beauty, our souls would be as malnourished as our bodies would be apart from food."
Schaeffer's GhostReview: Star Trek into Darkness
Should you go? Even if you're not a Trekkie?
FilmChatFlashback: Almost 20 years of Star Trek reviews!
Here are links to all the reviews, and some of the more substantial blog posts, that I have written about the first eleven Star Trek movies over the past two decades.
FilmChatMusic for Klingons, part one: Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith wrote the music for five of the first ten Star Trek movies -- and the Klingon theme, which he originally conceived as "bad guy" music, came to have other meanings over the years.
Christ and Pop CultureOnce upon a Time and the Redemption of Fairy Tales
On Sunday, ABC aired the second-season finale of its popular series Once upon a Time, with a third season confirmed for Fall 2013. Capitalizing on the recent vogue for updated fairy tale treatments, Once upon a Time is set in the quaint town of Storybrooke, Maine, a town with a curious secret: it is populated [...]
Tinsel'Gatsby' Beats On
The movie helped me understand the book. And that's saying something.
Star Wars: An Islamic Perspective
As a Muslim, I always thought of the "Jedi" as what a true follower of Islam should be like.
by Irfan Rydhan
Schaeffer's GhostReview: At Any Price
The newest release by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop), strikes at the heart of our enterprise system and reveals the broken souls drifting along this cycle of greed.
Geek Goes RogueIndie Comic Artist Interview: Katherine Wirick
I’m writing this from New Orleans, the land of dreams and nightmares. I’m going to be posting about my time here later in the week. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to an amazing artist and writer, Katherine Wirick. A few weeks ago, I attended S.P.A.C.E. con, an Indie Comic-Con convention. Katherine’s work [...]
TinselThird Time's a Charm for Iron Man
Sure the movie is fun, but will it stick with you? Does it matter?