BreakPoint: Beauty and the Beast and Our Obsession with Remakes

“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” And we just keep retelling and re-singing it. I’m talking about the year’s biggest movie. [display_podcast] In a segment on NPR last Wednesday, Bob Mondello documented the bizarre entertainment phenomenon known as “movie twins.” Hollywood has long puzzled the public by releasing films with nearly identical premises and plots within months or even weeks of one another. “Mission to Mars” and “Red Planet,” “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” “Antz” and “A B … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian 25: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]