My favorite (non-movie) pop culture of 2016!

2016 is coming to a close. And while there are a lot of reasons to be happy that we're saying goodbye to this year, let's not forget that this wasn't a terrible year in every area. True, we might be skipping toward the apocalypse. But at least there were some fun diversions along the way.My post for the best movies of 2016 will be coming later. I hope to have it up before the new year, but the fall has been so busy that I'm behind on movies. There are a few I need to see before I put the … [Read more...]

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The Monthly Catch: Harry Potter, Sing Street, Kubo and more

I can't believe we're September already (sorry, this is coming a day late). It's been a fast summer, and it feels like it was just yesterday that I was gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. Now we're prepping for Labor Day, the start of school and cooler weather. It's been a busy month, both on the blog and in my personal life. But there's still a lot I read and watched that I wasn't able to write about, so here is your annual roundup of what I was loving during the past four weeks!  … [Read more...]

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The Monthly Catch: ‘Vertigo,’ ‘A.I.,’ ‘O.J.,’ Evolution and Sarah Bessey

Every month, I sit  and plan out the blog posts I hope to write over the next 30 days. Some of these are fairly easy; as a film critic, I know when new releases are and can plan toward those. Other times, I have pieces I've committed to writing for Patheos. But mostly, I plan out 2-3 pieces a week that I want to tackle about something I'm reading, catching up with or thinking about. Of course, it never works out quite the way I intend. Time gets away from me, responsibilities at home and with my … [Read more...]

Interview with Amanda G. Stevens, author of the Haven Seekers series

There's enough bad Christian art out there and more than enough snarky writing about it — much of which, admittedly, I've been guilty of. Lost in that discussion, however, are the Christian artists who are producing strong work and working to change the cultural conversation. This is the first part of what I hope becomes an ongoing feature on this blog: conversations with these artists and discussions about how Christian art can grow and improve. Full disclosure: I'm friends with aut … [Read more...]