4. Before Midnight: “What Happens After” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC) #4: Before Midnight Before Midnight is a heartwrenching look at a relationship developed without a solid foundation. The third and final installment of Richard Linklater’s Before series, the film is incredibly honest and intimate as Jesse and Celine finally come to terms with the realities of their relationship. The couple, now in their forties, have had twin girls a … [Read more...]

6. Twelve Years a Slave: “Little Relief for the Moviegoer” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #7: Welcome to Night Vale #6: Twelve Years a Slave “…and you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free…”I saw 12 Years a Slave right before exams began, almost as a break from all the grading I had been doing and still had to do. I had read the story of Solomon Nothrup years ago, so I was quite familiar with what he had endured, and his written account. I have spent the bet … [Read more...]

13. Gravity: “Humanity’s Own Fight” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #14: Lord - Pure Heroine#13. Gravity As jumpy as I can be, I love a good thriller. There is something about holding onto the edge of your seat, calling out, and reaching for the screen as something entirely out of your control takes place before your eyes. Sometimes, the thrill fostered within us comes from the possibility of it being a reality. The thrill in Gravity has no chance of b … [Read more...]

15. The Great Gatsby: “An Absurdity That Speaks a Twinge of Truth” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #16: Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC)#15. The Great Gatsby Nick Caraway likes New York. He likes having rich parties, seductive women, and sensuous alcohol at his fingertips. His life exists as a bystander to an affair between his cousin Daisy and newfound friend Jay Gatsby. What is life? Possibly, one constant party into another, or else broken hearts, shredded dreams, and seeking an encha … [Read more...]

20. Mad Men: “There’s the Slightest Hope” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) #20: Mad Men (AMC) Thank God (spoilers ahead, obviously): by the end of season 6, Don Draper has had his Hershey moment.Some of my fondest childhood memories are of our family’s yearly summer trip to Hershey Park, a mere two hours from our central Pennsylvania home. One of our many traditions associated with the trip was to ride the Chocolate World tour ri … [Read more...]

25. From Up on Poppy Hill: “Argued More From the Heart” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013. #25: From Up on Poppy Hill Nearly any of Ghibli's films would be considered Great, but everyone has their favorites in the studio's stable. Some prefer the movies aimed most squarely at kids, the ones featuring forest trolls, pre-teen witches, and little mermaids. Others go in for the more mature and morally complex quarter—the discussions of environmental cataclysm and the horrors of war. My per … [Read more...]

The Misguided Longing to be “Home Alone”

by Dennis Oh Few Christmas movies since A Christmas Story have been watched and re-watched annually with the same amount of glee and enjoyment than the 1990 classic Home Alone. Scenes of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern being pummeled relentlessly like cartoon characters but never truly hurt are etched in my mind and still manage to evoke a chuckle whenever I remember them. The snow, the décor, and the timeless music of the movie all leave me deeply nostalgic for the Christmases I experienced when y … [Read more...]

Aronofsky’s Noah: Light, as Refracted through Water

by Kevin McLenithanEvery spring, on the night before Easter, an Anglican church in the Chicago suburbs holds a special service to observe the Easter Vigil. In keeping with liturgical tradition, the church presents a series of Scripture readings that trace the history of God’s promises to his people, from Creation to the Red Sea to the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming. This is a time when the church’s artists have free rein, accompanying these readings with original music, visual art, and re … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Katniss Everdeen and the Greatest Love

I didn’t see the first Hunger Games movie in the theatre. At the time, I was seven months pregnant with my second daughter, and I had a funny feeling that hormonal fluctuations and dying children would make for an anxiety-inducing film experience. It’s easy enough, without the pregnancy-related crazy, for viewers to interpret the sacrifice Collins’ characters make in light of our own loves and losses. It’s her sacrifice for Prim, and later for Rue, that makes us love Katniss in the story’s first … [Read more...]

About Time: A Romantic Comedy That’s Actually About Love

by Marybeth Davis Baggett “With all respect to heaven, the scene of miracle is here, among us.” ~ Marilynne Robinson My new favorite movie is easy to mock, or at least easy to dismiss with faint praise. The critical consensus on movie review database Rotten Tomatoes labels it sentimental. Not a few reviews compare it to Groundhog Day, and the harshest ones call it insufferable with idiotic plot points. I get it, at least somewhat. Richard Curtis’s recent film About Time is adorable, and adorab … [Read more...]