Signing Away My Life?

Here's something you might not know about me: I am a singer. Recently, I thought I'd try my voice at an audition for a new NBC reality show being produced by Mark Burnett. The working title for the show is "The Voice". It is apparently going to be an "American Idol" type competition/elimination show, but the concept is based more strictly on the vocals of the contestant. In fact, according to the video that was up on the audition website page earlier this month, it looks like the judges will be … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Lost Rewatch, Pilot Parts 1 and 2

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.It is time to start the much-anticipated (by me) Lost Re-Watch. I hope there will be a few people joining me, anyway. I know by the huge Lost fan base active on Twitter that there is still great interest in the show, so here’s a chance for those who love it to try to make a little sense of it, since we now have as much information from the writers (usually referring to Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof) as we likely ever will. I wi … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Firefly Returns

If you will allow me a small delay in my expository re-watch of Lost, I would like to give another week for those who want to join in, but need a little extra time. You know who you are. I would also like to use the column this week to address some events which have been unfolding over the last few weeks. As a self-proclaimed Browncoat, or fan of the late, great television series, Firefly, I have been following with interest the latest fan-induced Firefly-related craze.The Browncoats have … [Read more...]

Still Watching: The Plan to Conquer Lost

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment, and decided to go ahead and try life without cable. It made sense with my efforts to save money and to just generally be more purposeful in what I watch. Now, I find myself watching a lot of DVDs - movies and television. As it turns out, most of these choices in DVD viewing are not the most current options available. I am probably one of the few people in the country who still has no NetFlix account. I usually come on board to television shows after … [Read more...]

The Christ and Pop Culture Oscar Preview

I am so happy with myself. I have long been a fan of movies, and a pretty faithful watcher of the Academy Awards. Yet, I rarely ever seem to have the time or drive it takes to see all the Best Picture nominees. This year, however, I made a concerted effort to see as many as possible, along with movies from other categories, as well. I had an excellent reason this year…an Oscar Party. I am currently involved with a great movie viewing/ discussion group called Art on Life, and for our Oscar party, … [Read more...]

"The Walking Dead": What a Gross, Great Zombie Tale Tells us about Naturalism

A couple of years ago, I moved from Georgia to Los Angeles to try to be an employed writer and performer. Maybe you can imagine my great delight and frustration when I realized one of this season’s break-out television shows was set and filmed in the Peach State. You may not know of which show I am speaking if your tastes in viewing don’t include graphically violent comic book adaptations about monsters, specifically zombies. Yes, I mean AMC's “The Walking Dead”.Zombies have always scared the- … [Read more...]

Big Love Bummer

Recently I tried to start watching “Big Love”, based on the fact that several people whose opinions I respect love it, and one of them even works behind the scenes on the show, which is filmed not too far away in Santa Clarita. One of these friends had told me, in response to my questioning whether I should watch an HBO original series because of their typically graphic nature, that this one wasn’t bad. I should have taken into account, however, that we had just been talking about "True Blood", a … [Read more...]

Composition and Content: Seeking Excellence in Art

I have long believed that we (humans), being made in the image of God, are little creators. We all have outlets for this need to create. Artists, I think, are a proof of the Truth God spoke when He proclaimed this. In light of this belief, I’ve recently begun to think of art in a new way. Who am I and why should you care? I’m the brand new writer for Christ and Pop Culture, your favorite blog. Well, maybe I’m not actually thinking of art in a new way. Maybe I just started distilling how I was alr … [Read more...]

Thoughts on "Next to Normal"

Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the last show of the Los Angeles debut and national tour launch of "Next to Normal", a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. SPOILER ALERT: Seriously, if you are planning to catch the show on tour, I would suggest not reading further. There is a powerful reveal roughly 30 minutes into the show, which I am about to discuss.The play explores the grief of a mother over the death of her young son y … [Read more...]