Podcast #120: Gatsby, The New Wave Of Complementarianism, and Bangladesh

Click here to listen!This week, editor-in-chief Richard Clark, associate editor Ben Bartlett and writer Lauren Rambo (As well as Lauren's husband Tye) take time to explore the issues surrounding the "New Wave of Complementarianism", the events surrounding Bangladesh and the modern rendition of The Great Gatsby.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to christandpopculture@gmail.com. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook. We would love to … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Re-reading Gatsby (Careless People and Beautiful Little Fools)

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.I re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby this week in anticipation of seeing the new Baz Luhrmann film. The last time I read the book, I was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school, and I didn’t much care for the American classic. Reading the text again and seeing the film changed my opinion -- not because the essentials of Fitzgerald’s story have change … [Read more...]

Is Iron Man More Ethical Than Captain America?

Well, you can forget it. I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one. To turn over the Iron Man suit would be to turn over myself, which is tantamount to indentured servitude or prostitution, depending on what state you're in. You can't have it.- Tony Stark You know what the #1 movie was for the weekend of May 3, 2013? No, it wasn't the live telecast of "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." It was Iron Man 3, the first post-Avengers film released by Marvel. And man, was it a ride. Iron Man is one of the … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Exorcising Iron Man’s Demons

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Sometimes, amidst the explosions, one-liners, and frantic pace of our superhero movies, a memorably interesting image appears, however briefly. During my mostly entertaining two hours with Shane Black's Iron Man Three (why Three, by the way?), one such image is Tony Stark sitting on the couch beside his Mark XLII suit, staring off into the distance. Part of a particular sequence in rural Tennessee that is my favorite … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Expelled for Atheists

Do you all remember that documentary Expelled with Ben Stein? If you don't, it was a pretty popular film explaining Intelligent Design. Well, atheist buddies Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion) and Lawrence Krauss (author of A Universe from Nothing) are making their own film called The Unbelievers and it seems to be arguing the polar opposite. Is it going to be any good? Stay tuned. … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: The Renovative View From Up on Poppy Hill

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.During an early scene in Gorō Miyazaki's From Up on Poppy Hill, our attention is directed to a high school in Yokohama, Japan. Poppy Hill tells the story of 16 year old Umi Matsuzaki who, in this particular scene, is sitting outside enjoying lunch with a couple of friends. Suddenly, the lunch is interrupted when, next door, a crowd of boys from the high school emerge dutifully from the Latin Quarter, an ancient, dusty bu … [Read more...]

Have 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 — and specifically Christian — works of art that they are. Whether or not the silence is a product of the theological illiteracy and scriptural ignorance … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Tracking the Legacy of Tragic Secrets in The Place Beyond the Pines

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.An essential image in Derek Cianfrance's latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, is of roughened, local-star stuntman Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) sitting idly on his motorcycle at a traffic light intersection, looking up at the looming TrustCo Bank. It's one of the few pauses during the film's first hour, when Luke is often flashing like lightning across each scene. We're not exactly privy to what's running through … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and Psalmic Yearning

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. [Psalm 143:6] Blessed God, Israel’s God, the one and only wonder-working God! Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory. Yes and Yes and Yes. [Psalm 72. 18-20] --- Near the beginning of Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, there's a scene in which Marina's (Olga Kurylenko) young daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Ch … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Enjoy May

April is, if not the cruelest, at least one of the slowest months in pop-culture land.  While you’re waiting for the summer blockbusters to arrive, here are five things to look forward to in May -- and ways to entertain yourself in the meantime.1. The Great Gatsby (In theatres May 10) If Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel carries half the punch of its trailer, this film will probably leave you wondering why exactly you didn’t read the book when it was assigned … [Read more...]