The Adventures of Kirk Cameron, Evangelical Rebel, Part Two

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(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”

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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

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 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...]

You’re Next….Horror for Meth Addicts


When I get invites for press screenings, I try not to turn them down. As someone trying to build credibility with my film reviews, I take every opportunity given to me.  Plus, as a horror writer with a novel coming out in October, You're Next appealed to my sensibilities.As I went to the theater to see the press screening for You're Next, I met some lovely people, Hope and George,  who promised to introduce me to the Central Ohio Film Critics Association. That, dear reader, was the highlight … [Read more...]

Kick Ass 2: Is Violence Ever Good?


(Possible Spoilers Ahead)I wrote one version of this review that was far more positive than the one I'm writing now. My first impression of Kick Ass 2 is that I liked it quite a lot. Then, I started to reflect on the film and I realized a few things disturbed me.Here are my thoughts.(Warning, language ahead)It's been two years since David Lizewski donned the green mask of Kick Ass. He's gone into hiding along with Mindy Macready, also known as "Hit-Girl." Dave is trying to live a … [Read more...]

The New iPhone! (That Time of Year Again)


In the spring of 2012, my wife Tara and I were in Baltimore for my cousin's wedding. The day before the big event, all family members were charged with running various last minute errands all over the city. As my massive family stood crammed together in one room to receive instructions on where to go and what to pick up, I noticed everyone typing addresses and notes into their smartphones. The room soon emptied of bodies like secret agents on highly-classified missions, leaving my wife and I … [Read more...]