The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant – Contestant 2: Ewa


I've been searching the cinema of 2014 for beautiful women.I don't mean fashion models. I'm looking for female characters who manifest true beauty rather than the superficial sort celebrated by pop culture and Hollywood. And I'm not looking for supporting characters — I want central characters. Surprisingly, I've found several impressive new movies that deliver just that. In this "beauty pageant," I first focused on the lead character of Pawel Pawlikowski's film Ida.Here's another — Ewa, … [Read more...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant — Contestant 1: Ida

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"Mirror, mirror, on the wall... who's the fairest of them all?"In the famous fairy tale, that's what the vain and wicked queen asks her own reflection. Nevertheless, when it comes to the women of pop culture, that seems to be the question that American moviegoers can't stop asking. The more I watch the ways in which actresses become household names — making themselves a more popular subject than their characters — the more I see similarities between the Celebrity Factory and the lurid mat … [Read more...]

You’re Not a Sexist Moviegoer. Or… Are You?

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We're about halfway through 2014, and as I look at the Top 20 Box Office hits so far, something troubles me. Where are the substantial, meaningful leading roles for women? … [Read more...]

How to Train Your Dragon 2: How to Spoil a Sequel


This isn't really a review of How to Train Your Dragon 2. It's more of a sigh of disappointment. … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at How to Train Your Dragon 2


This is the first weekend in a long time that is really a weekend for me. I can rest, read, write, walk, explore... and go to the movies.I'm thinking about seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2.I'm normally frustrated with Dreamworks Animation films — they're usually obnoxious and misguided and pandering. But that film surprised me with impressive characterizations, an unexpectedly thoughtful plot, and 3D flight sequences. We watched a young Viking named Hiccup learn to consider his enemies w … [Read more...]

Pray for Seattle Pacific University.

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Thursday afternoon:Report 1 - 4:30pm. :I am in a conference room here at Seattle Pacific University with the staff of University Communications — my coworkers — and with some of our amazing student interns, some of whom have been preparing for graduation.Please pray for our community. Over the coming days, we will be in charge of communicating with the SPU community and the media.Pray for the victims, the students, the staff, the faculty, the families. And for the shooter. Christ … [Read more...]

Confessions of an X-Men Ex-Fan [Revised]

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 When Mutants aren't fighting for their rights... what do they do? Do they vacuum their apartments? Do they go to baseball games? Do they watch cat videos?Or does the Mutant Experience require constant employment of powers against those who hate Mutants, or against those Mutants who abuse their powers? … [Read more...]

Why Moviegoers Everywhere Must Learn to Say “Zvyagintsev”

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If you hear film buffs shouting "Zvyagintsev!" in the coming months, do not say "Gesundheit." The proper response is this: "When do I get to see Leviathan?" … [Read more...]

Gadzooks! A Godzilla for Malick Fans?


Change my mind, moviegoers.I've made clear that I'm done with movies that turn urban devastation into entertainment. I still haven't given two hours of my life to watch Man of Steel, thank God. But the more I read about Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, the more intrigued I become. Might this film actually give me food for thought? Or are film reviewers simply showing signs of desperation, clutching at straws in order to find something to say while yet another blockbuster comes in like a wrecking b … [Read more...]

Aragorn’s Favorite Peter Jackson Movie (Hint: It’s Not The Return of the King)


It's another return of the king!Aragorn is back, and he is as full of wisdom and insight as we might expect. … [Read more...]