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.
Looking CloserHappy Birthday, Bob Dylan
Music's towering giant turns 72.
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?
Christ and Pop CultureHave mainstream critics ignored the “Christian message” in Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”?
In a piece that’s been passed around quite a bit, Damon Linker suggests that film critics in the mainstream media have, for whatever reason, largely ignored its religious outlook. Here’s the key assertion from Linker: [T]he vast majority of mainstream critics have failed to treat [The Tree of Life and To the Wonder] as the profoundly religious [...]
Doc HollywoodHealth for Hoarders (like me): Jeff Shinabarger’s More or Less
My closet is loaded with clothes. My garage is full of boxes. Even my inbox is crammed with correspondence. I am surrounded by so much stuff. Jeff Shinabarger’s perceptive book, More or Less, was written for people like me.
Schaeffer's GhostIf you love America, go see Pain & Gain
“Don’t be a don’t-er, do be a doer.” Such is the motto of body-builders/gym-rats Danny Lugo, Paul Doyle, and Adrian Doorball (Marky Mark, the Rock, and Anthony Mackie).
Looking Closer“Upstream Color” – Don’t Miss It
I’ll write a full review of "Upstream Color" in time. But it will take time. Consider this just a first-impression burst of enthusiasm. Believe me, you don’t want reviews to explain this movie to you before you see it. So, here are a few fumbling attempts to describe it without spoiling it…
Schaeffer's GhostReview: Oblivion
Is Tom Cruise worth watching in this futuristic thriller?
Schaeffer's GhostAlways Online, Ever “Disconnected”
Disconnect gives us four stories about people growing estranged from one another and how they reach a breaking point, only to find that reconnection is still possible.
Sister Rose Movies“No Place on Earth” is the incredible story of Ukraine’s holocaust survivors
Exploring the famous Gypsum Giant caves that extend for about 77 miles underground, a filmmaker found a story much deeper.