Introducing the #CaPC25: A List of Our Favorite Things of 2013

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All this week we at Christ and Pop Culture will unveil our 25 favorite things from the year. It's an extremely eclectic list, comprised of 25 people, works of art, or events that we felt most exhibited God's Grace and truth. The list represents the perspective of our writers, an incredibly talented and diverse collection of men and women who love finding reflections of God's beauty in popular culture.I love year-end lists the most. Too often, entire years can feel dominated by junk, … [Read more...]

11. Netflix and Hulu: “A Relative Amount of Creative Freedom” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #12: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang #11: Netflix and Hulu What do #8, #9, and #17 on our list have in common? All of them exist (in the U.S. at least) solely on the internet via either Netflix or Hulu, streaming video services that have expanded their original vision from letting us watch existing television programs to creating original programming. You can’t watch House of Cards o … [Read more...]

12. Boxers & Saints: “Stirring Up Empathy For Those on Both Sides” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #13: Gravity#12. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang I was first introduced to Gene Luen Yang when I picked up his graphic novel, American Born Chinese, on the clearance rack at my local bookstore. Yang’s exploration of identity and assimilation through weaving the narratives of an American Chinese boy, an overwrought stereotype named Chin-Kee, and a mystical Monkey King opened my eye … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

14. Lorde – Pure Heroine: “Lingers and Demands Contemplation” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #15: The Great Gatsby#14. Lorde - Pure Heroine Lorde’s Pure Heroine debuted to much critical acclaim earlier this year, and it warrants every drop of praise it receives. While only 16 years of age at the album’s release, Lorde, New Zealand-born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, writes about youth with the authenticity of actually being youthful, yet she pulls it off with a rare lyrical maturity th … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

16. Kentucky Route Zero: “Playing Becomes a Kind of Rest” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #17: House of Cards (Netflix)#16. Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC) Kentucky Route Zero deals primarily with the history of work, debt and economics and how those realities impact the human soul. It feels both mundane and surreal, slow and transfixing, horrific and beautiful. The game’s protagonist meanders and trudges along with patience, regret, and hope, a cluster of emotions that the pla … [Read more...]

17. House of Cards: “Only Us. Small. Solitary. Striving.” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #18: Jason Isbell - Southeastern#17: House of Cards (Netflix) Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is a Democratic Congressman out for revenge after he is passed over as Secretary of State. This original web drama series produced by and available exclusively on Netflix, is set in Washington D.C.’s political scene, as Frank maneuvers and manipulates people and events to satiate his d … [Read more...]

18. Jason Isbell – Southeastern: “Some of the Most Powerful Fiction of the Year” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #19: Feminism#18. Jason Isbell - Southeastern Jason Isbell has always been a great songwriter. For the last decade the Muscle Shoals native has been cranking out good song after good song. But in 2013, Isbell has outdone himself. Coming on the heels of a new start—sobering up and marrying fellow Americana virtuoso Amanda Shires—his fourth solo album, Southeastern, marks a new level of s … [Read more...]

19. Feminism: “Women are Rising” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #20: Mad Men (AMC)#19. Feminism Why did “feminism” make our list in 2013 when it’s been around for well over a century? This year we've been encouraged by discussions by and about women within the church. From Wendy Alsup’s call for a New Wave of Complementarianism to Sarah Bessey’s plea for Christians to recognize the way that Jesus loves women in her book Jesus Feminist; from Malala Y … [Read more...]


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