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: Secret Worlds, New Perspectives

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Confession: The Secret World of Arrietty (Yonebayashi, 2012) is my introduction to the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli. Founded in 1985, the Japanese animation and film studio enjoys a spirited following of fans and critics that is not dissimilar to Pixar’s fervent admirers. It’s not that I had never heard of the beloved studio, but — for whatever reason — I had never got around to seeing Ponyo, Spirited Away, My Neighbor T … [Read more...]