Sometimes There’s a Man: Who’s the World’s Most Masculine Guy?

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Close your eyes. If I say the word "masculine," who is the first familiar face that you see?Who's the man?Post your choice in the Comments.For most people, it'll probably be somebody famous... an action movie star or an athlete or a rock star. Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Lebron James. Denzel Washington. John Wayne. Bruce Willis. Bradley Cooper. Idris Elba. Justin Timberlake. Liam Neeson. Daniel Craig. Bruce Springsteen.Masculinity is usually associated with strength, aggression, and … [Read more...]

Quentin Tarantino, America’s Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked

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Strange territory. That's where I found myself this week.In four new articles, I wrote things that made me feel a little lonely. I was writing from a foreign country, far away from the preferences of the general moviegoing audience. And yet, I wasn't feeling much kinship with other film critics either.Art will do that to you. If you're paying attention, it'll lead you to new ways of thinking that make your friends look at you with concern.This story stars a gunslinging hero, some … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part One: King of Heroes?

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My favorite adventure movie of all time is coming to IMAX screens for a short while, a special release to get consumers charged up about the approaching Indiana Jones blu-ray collection.Since the movie has risen again, I thought I'd resurrect something of my own... an essay that I wrote about Indiana Jones for a Christian publication a couple of years ago. The editor decided this wouldn't suit his publication's purposes, so I put it away and forgot about it. Stumbling onto it this week, I … [Read more...]

My Kind of Loser.

To continue this week of celebrating the 30th anniversary of my favorite adventure movie, here's an excerpt from my memoir of dangerous moviegoing... the book called Through a Screen Darkly: •The Paramount Studios logo — a crooked, rocky peak — fades out, replaced by a real-world equivalent, a stone pinnacle jutting into an ivory sky. We’re looking at it through a gap in the trees that edge the screen. A silhouette steps into the frame, classic and unmistakable: a bullwhip slung from his bel … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: One of those movies we need, but few people really want.

I finally saw Of Gods and Men.The film received a rave review from my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, so it's been high on my list of must-see priorities.I'm so glad I spent a Saturday afternoon and eight bucks on it.It's a quiet, powerful film, profound and inspiring in its picture of faithful Christians. It may not be as poetic as, say, Babette's Feast, nor does it have a complex visual vocabulary like Ordet. It provides sufficient tours of the characters' surroundings to … [Read more...]

Give Us Somebody We Can Blast Into Pieces!

Anthony Lane on Battle: Los Angeles: … [Read more...]

“Hamlet, Threepio, and Us”

Anyone who can write an inspiring piece linking Rosencrantz and Guldenstern, The Hidden Fortress, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R2D2, has my full attention.Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Shea! … [Read more...]


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