Under The Dome is Under the Bar

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach W. Lorton, who's having trouble getting the people on the other side to understand him...CBS has faith in its summer drama, Under The Dome.  So much faith, in fact, that they have renewed it for a second season.I really wanted to like this show.  I watched the first 3 episodes with a careful eye, hoping that I could get into the story.  Like all great Stephen King stories, there are loads of characters, each with their own agenda, and each with their ow … [Read more...]

Wicked Smawrt Batman? Destroying the Daredevil argument….

Okay, so, since I was knee deep in interviewing Kirk Cameron, I didn't get a chance to post my reaction to Ben Affleck as Batman.So, what is it?Let's wait and see....I know many of my friends think I'm nuts and that's fine. There is no denying Ben has dropped some stink bombs. Some, like Gigli, there are no excuses for and should be banned in civilized countries. Others, like Pearl Harbor, he did a fine job, but the movie was directed by Michael Bay. Enough said.However, many … [Read more...]

Billy Corgan on Christian Rock: I Think Jesus Would Like Better Bands

The Smashing Pumpkins helped me get through my adolescent years. When Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released in 1995, I was a hormonally-charged fifteen-year-old wondering how on earth to make sense of the chaos of life around me. "Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage" became something of a rallying cry for me that year. And then in my senior year of high school, the rock band I was in performed the Pumpkins' 1993 hit "Today" at our school's Battle of the Bands. To … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Kirk Cameron, Evangelical Rebel, Part Two

(Find Part One of this interview here)When Kirk said he got into trouble with evangelicals over Unstoppable, I almost wrecked my car. Kirk, as many know, is virtually THE right-wing evangelical poster boy."Kirk, you've got to tell me more about that," I said.He paused for a moment and then gave a rueful laugh. "Don't get me wrong, I think they appreciate what I tried to do in this film, but they wanted me to tone down everything."The “everything” refers to his vignettes telling th … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Kirk Cameron, Evangelical Rebel, Part One…

When a friend of mine found out I would be interviewing Kirk Cameron, he dashed off a text to me and asked, "You're not going to bash Kirk, are you? I'm getting tired of hipster Christians making him an easy target."I understand my friend's concern. Cameron makes himself a target for a lot of people. In fact, I must confess, I've had my own issues with Kirk, mainly in the apologetic realm. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I hung out a lot with atheists. Still do, as a matter of … [Read more...]

New Album Review: Derek Webb’s “I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You”

Exactly ten years ago, singer/songwriter Derek Webb looked at the state of the Church and declared that “she must and shall go free.” This year, he’s telling us all that he was wrong, he’s sorry, and he loves us. But contradicting himself, he is not.In the decade since his departure from Caedmon’s Call, Webb has released eight solo studio albums. However you want to slice it, that’s a lot of music in a short amount of time. It also means Webb has had a lot to share with us as he’s matured an … [Read more...]

Stranger….New J.J. Abrams trailer is scary awesome…

Everyone who reads GGR knows I'm a huge J.J. Abrams fan. So, when this new trailer hit...well...let's just say I Geek out just a little bit.... … [Read more...]

Christian Music’s Authenticity Problem (or How I Learned to Stop Consuming and Actually Engage)

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, as told to by the giant CD rack staring him in the face...One thing I love to do is engage in well-thought conversations.  Sometimes, this manifests itself as inadvertent instigation, especially on social media.  Such was the case last week, when I was taking my nephew to a waterpark, and we were channel flipping on the radio.  What I heard disturbed me, so I posted to Facebook about it... One reason I don't listen to Christian radio: while ch … [Read more...]

7 To Go: GGR Reviews Breaking Bad – “Buried”

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, who should NOT be eating gelato directly out of the container...It's that time again, time to see what Heisenberg and his (now defunct) crew are up to.  Here we go with my blow-by-blow review of the Breaking Bad episode "Buried".#SpoilerAlert.====================0:01:01 - Recap.  Read the last review if you really want to know.0:01:50 - It's late at night, and a kindly older gentleman is approaching his classic red pickup, complete w … [Read more...]

My Fragmented Life….The Hardy Boys

 Recently, a friend posted a photo on Facebook of an old Nancy Drew mystery called, The Mystery of the Black Keys. He captioned it, “For a laugh." The implied joke was for those of us who are huge fans of The Black Keys, one of the best rock bands to ever come out of Ohio. At least, I think he did it for that reason, since I’m pretty sure he doesn't read Nancy Drew.As I looked at the cover, it triggered a childhood flash back. I'm always amazed at the brain’s ability to forget impor … [Read more...]