Ocean’s 11, 1944: Sorting through the Jumble of THE MONUMENTS MEN

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 Picture this: It’s 1941 in Paris, and a young SS commander named Stahl has forced his way into the apartment of a French art curator to notify her that her brother was found to be working for the French Resistance and summarily shot. The curator works for the commander at a museum where Stahl oversees the city’s art collections and picks out the best pieces for shipment back to the Fatherland. He threatens the curator that if he finds her allegiance to lie with the Resistance she to … [Read more...]

Listening Closely to Wolf of Wall Street: Music as a Moral Clue in the Films of Martin Scorsese

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As far as film directors do, Martin Scorsese is the king of being misunderstood. Ever since Mean Streets in 1973, Scorsese has drawn heat for his seemingly sympathetic portrayals of awful people and glorification of depravity. Forty years later The Wolf of Wall Street is drumming up the same criticisms.Not much more needs to be said in defense of Scorsese’s intent and morality. Tons of great reviews and commentaries have come from both inside and outside of Christendom in the last few weeks, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

I Finally Made Myself Watch The Exorcist, and I Did Not Leave Without Hope

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Each October in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood where I used to live, the Logan Theater does a run of late-night showings of classic horror films. Hundreds of people turn out to see movies like The Shining and Halloween on the big screen, queuing up at the ticket booth even in the wee hours on a weeknight. They buy 16 oz PBR Tall Boys with large popcorns, yell out answers to pre-film trivia, and laugh. The joyful, boozy, and communal mockery of these films’ campiness is part of the f … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Films of 2012

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 The Christ and Pop Culture writers got together and hashed out our list of the best films we saw this year. Here’s what we came up with. (Editor's Note: Unfortunately, we haven't had the chance to see several end-of-year films including Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, This is Not a Film, Django Unchained, and Amour. You may also be interested in Nick Olson's recent year-end piece for Filmwell, "Protecting Innocents, Longing for Innocence," which is concerned with s … [Read more...]

Rambo

Anthony Sacramone says Rambo is "The Worst Film of 2008" and "nothing more than a sadistic gorefest." Was anyone planning on actually seeing this? … [Read more...]

"There Will Be Blood" Makes Good on Its Promise

"There Will Be Blood" Makes Good on Its Promise, and Startles in its Depiction of Evil Manhood … [Read more...]


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