What No One Said about Rey (Star Wars Spoilers!)

By now most of you have probably seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened on December 18th. My daughter has been pretending to be Rey nearly constantly since seeing the movie, and my son has spent all day today telling everyone he comes in contact with that he is BB8. (At three, I think the robot BB8 is actually the character he identifies with most strongly.) Learning proper light saber usage (can you say Christmas presents?) has suddenly become very important in our household!I have … [Read more...]

That Disgusting, Evil, Pagan Movie, Noah

By now you've probably heard of the new Hollywood movie, Noah, with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. I haven't seen it yet, but I now kind of want to, thanks to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.First the trailer, and then I'll explain.Last fall, after this trailer came out, Ken Ham wrote a blog post titled Don't Be Taken in by the Noah Movie's Promotion. In it he wrote the following: Is the movie trailer promoting the blockbuster film Noah—to be released in March—part … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead (Painful Stereotypes Edition)

My evangelical parents and siblings recently went and saw God's Not Dead. This made me profoundly uncomfortable. I haven't seen the movie, but I have seen the trailer, and that's enough to tell me that the movie's representation of what it is to be an atheist bears absolutely no resemblance to me.Beyond its depiction of atheists, the movie's entire premise is so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. Wikipedia describes the movie's plot as follows: Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a naive freshman … [Read more...]

Let It Go: An Anthem for the Abused and Repressed

I've read a lot of articles online about Frozen. I've read arguments that Disney was sexist in its adaption of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, because it cut out most of the female characters and added romance to the plot. I've read lists of all the things that make Frozen a progressive movie---from everyone's reaction to Anna's engagement to the unquestioning acceptance that a queen can rule a kingdom in her own right.But what I keep coming back to, again and again, is Let It Go. … [Read more...]

Oscar Nominated “Alone But Not Alone”: A Product of the Doug Phillips / Michael Farris Empire

Alone Yet Not Alone, based on a book about two children who were kidnapped by Native Americans during the French and Indian War, was released as a movie in 2013 by Enthuse Entertainment. It showed in select theaters for only one week. This month, to everyone's surprise, it was nominated for an Oscar. I'm not interested in talking about how it got nominated, which seems to be the focus of most articles on its surprise nomination. I'm more interested in something else, and that is the connections … [Read more...]