Beware the Frozen Heart

“Mom, it’s kind of rude for a princess to say ‘Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy,’ right?” “Mom, why does she love chocolate so much? It’s not very princessy.” “Mom, why is Elsa so unkind to her sister?  Why won’t she open the door and play with her?”  “Mom, why does it say ‘beware the frozen heart?’ ” I took Rosie, my 5-year-old daughter, to see Frozen last month.  I clutched her mittened hand as we crunched through the slushy parking lot toward the theater, unaware we were also heading towa … [Read more...]

More than Mere Suggestions

When Tim (not his real name) mentioned he had not seen many movies but was interested in good recommendations, I became quite excited.  I began describing the ins and outs of some favorite movies; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In America, Sunshine Cleaning.  I told him about pain and loss and memory and joy and family and healing.  I told him that these and other movies had played an important part in developing my faith and sense of self.  And then something hit me and I blurted, “Oh wa … [Read more...]

10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now

Time Magazine recently put out an interesting article:  10 ideas Changing the World Right Now.  It's quite thoughtful... and, I hope you'll notice, has a lot of connections to our Looking Forward articles (1,2,3,4,5) and podcasts (1,2,3). … [Read more...]

Robert Downey Jr., Walk the Line, and the Problem of Redemptive Themes

Often, your best friends also tick you off the most. No exception here. My buddy Drew constantly teases me about CAPC. He likes to pick on me for being a poor dresser, too, but he's basically right about that so I can't complain.His favorite joke is that at CAPC all we do is try to find, "redemptive themes," in movies. "Where was the redemptive theme in THAT?" he asked, 30 seconds after we walked out of "The Dark Knight."My friend's unfair (and uninformed) joking is a humorous pain in the … [Read more...]

Always Settle Scores at Noon

Robert Fulford at the National Post takes an amusing look at the lessons learned at the movies. While I might quibble with a few, they're fun. What are some lessons you have learned at the movies? Here's one: If two people are arguing and one says something REALLY insightful and emotional, the argument instantly ends and some serious bonding immediately follows. What else? … [Read more...]

Top Five Christmas Movies

Here's my top five Christmas Movies:1) A Christmas Story2) Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated version)3) The Nightmare Before Christmas4) Die Hard5) Mickey's Christmas CarolSo what would you guys add or take away from my list? … [Read more...]