RetroPost: Iron Man – Full of Irony and Things That Go Boom

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: Wolverine has officially kicked off the summer movie season, and we now stand to gain a series of high-spectacle but ultimately forgettable movies. But what if a summer movie could be … [Read more...]

Frozen River: Not Just That "Illegal Immigration" Movie

Frozen River is a movie for bleak economic times that yet remains hopeful about the ability of humans to do the right thing—the right thing according to their consciences, if not exactly according to the law.The film is set on the border between New York and Canada, and it’s clear that few economic opportunities are available in the area, either in the town proper or on the nearby Mohawk reservation. We first meet Ray Eddy (played by Melissa Leo, justly nominated for an Oscar for the role) sit … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Juno's Nagging Voice

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: Yesterday, Carissa Smith pointed out the ways in which Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist fell short of its' more acclaimed counterpart, Juno. In this week's RetroPost, Richard Clark … [Read more...]

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Shallowness

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, released in the theaters last fall and on DVD this spring, was billed as 2008’s Juno: a hip, music-infused tale of smart, quirky teens penned by a female screenwriter (who also happens to be friends with Juno’s screenwriter, Diablo Cody). As much as I want to support women directors and writers, I was extremely disappointed by Nick and Norah; it desperately wants to be smart and innovative, but it’s really just the same old romantic-comedy plot of a girl findin … [Read more...]

Podcast #42: Gaming Choices

Click here to listen!This Week: After a week off, Rich and Ben are back together again. Even with Rich being sick and no gummy worms this time, they manage to have discussions about Rachel Getting Married, Fallout 3 and choice in video games, and how to choose what geeky television we should watch! Also, they count down their Top 5 Video Game Moral Quandries!Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett sit back and discuss the posts of the previous week on Christ and Pop Culture, acknowledge … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Out With the Old? Netflix and Rethinking Film

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: In January 2008, Alan praised the ability that services like Netflix had to enable us to watch older films. Since then, Netflix has become a key reason people have bought an Xbox 360 and … [Read more...]

Rachel Getting Married: When Self-Revelation Is Self-Serving

I am not a big fan of weddings. The worst part? The toasts, which often seem to serve as an opportunity for various members of the wedding party to jockey for the honor of who knows the bride and/or groom best. During all the speechifying, it becomes painfully clear how much we each, as individuals, want big events to be about ourselves. Given that real-life wedding speeches make many people want to stuff those little packets of bird seed in their ears, it's rather daring of Jonathan Demme’s r … [Read more...]

Sticks and Stones: Being Hurt by a Christian Review of Coraline

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Guest Writer, Seth T. Hahne. Besides commenting incessently here, he also occasionally blogs at Nowheresville, USA.As a Christian and something of a minor connoisseur of creative product including-but-not-limited-to literature, cinema, music, games, and comics, I am frequently concerned by the inappropriate reaction the American Christian subculture foments against imaginations it either misapprehends or flatly distorts by reason of dogma alone. Quite p … [Read more...]

Is Watching the Watchmen Worth It?

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Guest Writer, Joel A. Moroney. Be sure to check out his regular blog, Pop Culture Christ, where you can find an issue-by-issue writeup of each of the original issues of the Watchmen graphic novel series.I'm writing this the day after I’ve seen Watchmen. I’ve waited just over 10 years to see this movie. Ever since I first picked up the book, I’ve wanted to see what it would look like on the screen. Like many, I was fearful that it was impossible and that a … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Movieguide Gets the Last Word

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: I guess at this point, it's kind of like a national holiday. Every year Movieguide publishes a bunch of claims and supporting statistics, claiming that movies with "strong Christian … [Read more...]


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