Our Favorite Films of 2012

 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...]

The Moviegoer: "The Kid with a Bike" and the Love that Never Leaves

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Near the beginning of The Kid with a Bike (Dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne), there’s a shot of 12-year-old Cyril Catoul (Thomas Doret) with a dead-stare strain on his face revealing him both determined and devastated as he ascends in an elevator to his single father’s former apartment. As it turns out, he has lost both his father and his bike, and he’s desperate to get them back.It was a shot that jolted me emot … [Read more...]