The only ones to be let down by Star Wars

My wife and I finally saw the new Star Wars movie.  Our verdict:  It was not good!  I will explain why after the jump.  But what worries me is that pretty much everyone I’ve heard from, plus 93% of critics tracked by Rotten Tomatoes, loved it.  Are we the only ones in the galaxy who were disappointed?  What is the matter with us?  A group of our tribe that was home for Christmas watched it earlier, and the report was positive, though later, under interrogation, one admitted that she felt the way we did.  Are there others, perhaps inhibited by peer pressure from stating their true views?  Or is there something good in the movie that we somehow missed?

Let me state my case against the movie.  Then I’d like you to say whether I’m right or wrong.  I wanted very much to like this film, being a fan of Star Wars, so I’m open to persuasion. [Read more…]

The vocation of being an advocate for the dead

An article on the real-life doctor featured in the movie Concussion says quite a bit about the Nigerian Christian’s understanding of “calling”; that is, vocation.  (Did any of this come out in the movie?) [Read more…]

Can the new Star Wars movie be good?

Did you know that a new Star Wars movie is opening this weekend?  I’m pretty sure you do, since I have never seen so much hype for a movie.  Nor have I seen so much merchandising before a movie has even been released.  As a Star Wars fan like the rest of humanity, I’m looking forward to seeing it and I hope it lives up to expectations.  But there are some aesthetic and cultural reasons why it might not. [Read more…]

Whether or not we kick the football

The Peanuts Movie currently in  theaters is a critical and commercial hit, and it brings back to mind the genius of cartoonist Charles Schulz.  I stumbled upon a great quotation from Schulz–a devout Christian–about humor, happiness, grace, and faith. [Read more…]

Who really played the music

If you grew up in the 1960’s or 1970’s, if you love the music of that time, and if you listen to the oldies stations to this very day, you have got to see the documentary  The Wrecking Crew.  (Shot back in 2008 but just released this year, the film is available for instant view on Netflix.)

It turns out that a single group of studio musicians known as “the Wrecking Crew” played on virtually all of the hit records that came out of California during that time period.  It didn’t matter whose name was on the record or what the style of music was–rock ‘n’ roll, surf, soul, pop, jazz, standards, ad jingles, movie scores, TV themes, or whatever–these musicians were playing it. [Read more…]

How a movie can go terribly wrong

Imagine a movie with two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, directed by an Oscar winning director, based on a best-selling novel, and backed by the bottomless pockets of a billionaire.  That’s a sure fire formula for a hit movie, right?  Well, not necessarily.  After the jump, an account of a movie with everything going for it that went straight to video. [Read more…]