1. Breaking Bad: “Implicating the Rest of Us in His Fall” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City #1: Breaking Bad I’m not sure of the next time our investment in the state of a man’s soul will become the focus of a television cultural phenomenon quite like what we saw with Breaking Bad’s final season. Each Sunday night over the course of the eight episode run was an Event. Fans and television critics were abuzz on social media and pop … [Read more...]

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City: “The Difficulty of Believing in God in the Modern Age”

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City When I first heard Vampire Weekend's previous effort, Contra, I found it pretentious and indulgent. No matter how much friends of mine championed their music, I couldn't get over how cheap it all felt. Modern Vampires of the City still feels a little cheap: it asks huge questions and blows them off as bei … [Read more...]

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “We are the Audience” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #4: Before Midnight #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire We watch it all, the dystopian future, the brave teenage heroine, the heartbreaking love triangle, the pathos, the greed, the cruelty, the injustice, and we are entertained. We should not be so quick to dismiss this, the truth that we are entertained as we watch people, children, battle to the death. But we are not gleeful. After all, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

5. Gone Home: “To be Fearful, Alone, and Disenfranchised” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #6: Twelve Years a Slave #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC) For a long time, games have had the potential to make us better people. They've carried the promise of instilling empathy in the player. They've offerred the means for creators to instill positive values in those who consume their work. But for a long time, those things weren't realities.This year, we saw the release of several games that … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

7. Welcome to Night Vale: “Your Thoughts Return to the Dog Park” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) #7: Welcome To Night Vale Your thoughts keep returning to the dog park. Why are there no dogs at the dog park? You frown and concentrate on the unfolding conversation. A man sits across from you in a tan jacket. He is trying to sell you a fly. It darts around at the end of a string that that he has tied to his left forefinger. He folds his hands on his lap and smiles. … [Read more...]

8. Moone Boy: “Odd Man Out” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) Moone Boy, a delightful TV series that premiered to American audiences via Hulu this year focuses on 12-year-old Martin Moone and his adventures through prepubescence with his imaginary friend, Seán, in rural Ireland. While much of the show is semi-autobiographical of Chris O'Dowd, the actor who plays Seán, the show zeroes in on un … [Read more...]

9. Orange is the New Black: “Treated With Respect” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #10: Pope Francis #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Just one season in, Orange is the New Black is gathering huge momentum and ringing endorsements. Based on the memoir of Piper Kerman and set in a women’s prison in New York state, it revolves around Kerman (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle class woman serving a 15-month sentence for transporting drug money for her former lover and d … [Read more...]

10. Pope Francis: “He Does Normal Christian Stuff” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013. Previous #11: Netflix and Hulu #10: Pope Francis My favorite thing about Pope Francis is that he does normal Christian stuff and people are all, "Holy Smokes This Guy Ammirite?" He helps the homeless, touches the sick and disfigured with his real live actual hands, and he's put himself out there as being against the "cult of money." Look, these are admirable things. Things that believers ought to … [Read more...]


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