‘Metalhead’ and the Community of Resurrection

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  Metalhead, an Icelandic film written and directed by Ragnar Bragason, premiered in fall of 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is finally getting limited release in the United States, along with widespread Video on Demand starting April 3.The film starts with a rural farm family experiencing a horrific loss. Their teenage son, Baldur, is killed in a tractor accident as his twelve year-old sister, Hera, watches. The family holds the funeral in the local … [Read more...]

On Mardi Gras with the Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette

Sherman Mire, Captain of the Krewe of Apollo. Photo by Lisa Westbrook of The Lafayette Advertiser. For more pictures, go to: http://www.theadvertiser.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/2015/01/31/mystic-krewe-of-apollo-de-lafayette-bal-masque-2015/22681121/

I still don’t believe what I witnessed this past weekend. Blinking my eyes in the daylight, I can conjure memories of feathers, explosions of confetti and lights sweeping a bouncing crowd of revelers. There was royalty—kings and queens decked out from tiara to toes in glitter. There was pounding, dance-inducing music. And drag—what drag! Maybe more queens in red carpet gowns and gravity-defying wigs than I have ever seen in one room, even having lived in the gay Meccas of San Francisco and New Yo … [Read more...]

Ryan Parker Reviews ‘Selma’

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Ryan Parker had the chance to talk with cast members from Selma, including David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, and Common, as well as director Ava Duvernay. Here's David Oyelowo on his sense of calling to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma:"My wife and I had moved to L.A. from the U.K. in May of 2007. In July of 2007, I first read the script [for Selma]. To be perfectly honest, in moving here—we had two kids at the time—we asked, “What on earth are we doing here?” But we felt called to move. So … [Read more...]

‘The Silver Chalice’ and the Bible in our Minds

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If one stores a collection of images of a particular literary figure, or setting, or style of costume, that collection is not stored mentally in chronological order. It does not matter whether I have seen Rita Hayworth’s Salome before viewing Gustave Moreau’s painting or after reading the version in the Gospel of Mark. All the representations collide and coalesce in my construction of the figure of Salome. In our postmodern image culture, readers are also spectators. -- Alice Bach*This is o … [Read more...]

Notes on ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Twitter Activists: Based on this screen shot, I can tell this film is racist--you must not see it!Me: John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver are playing the Pharaoh and his wife? I HAVE to see it!

Ryan Parker already has an excellent review of this film, which actually involves interviews with Christian Bale and Ridley Scott. Not being able to add much to that by way of review, let me just mention a few points of observation on viewing Exodus: Gods and Kings:1.)  There are predictable cries of ‘foul’ from some evangelical Christians for this film. The fact that the film follows the highlights of the Exodus story and shows the destruction of pagan gods at the hands of the One True God o … [Read more...]

Left Behind: It’s as Bad as We Feared

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Left Behind is an awful movie. I expected it to be awful on the theological level; I was hoping it wouldn’t be awful on an entertainment level. Unfortunately it is both.First, the film. If you have lived on the East or West Coast for the last 20 years, or are Roman Catholic, you may not know how the Left Behind story goes. But unfortunately for the rest of us, many of the details have trickled down even if we have assiduously avoided this evangelical book/movie/then-another-movie j … [Read more...]

Summer Silliness: Sharknado 2 & Black Jesus

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I never thought I’d say this, but thank God for cable television. As a Basic Cable family, we hold on to the Box because it lets us watch Comedy Central, Rachel Maddow, and the occasional broadcast for my hometown sports teams, the Reds and the Bengals. Most of the rest is wall-to-wall reality TV – nothing but “Redneck Vacation” and “Pawn Stars” as far as the eye can see.But something about the summer makes Cable throw caution to the wind, and the result is some pretty ridiculously wonderful … [Read more...]

The Sixties Were Groovy — But So Is Today

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Last week, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This was a beautiful moment for my family as we gathered with friends in our adopted home in Northern Kentucky. By “adopted” I mean our extended family mostly lives in and around the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where my mom grew up and my parents met. I’m the only member of my immediate family that was born in the Bluegrass State. My parents are transplanted Southerners in a border state.The fun part for me as a student of cu … [Read more...]


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