#KillerSerials: AMANDA KNOX

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, and what it says about unjust legal systems, amoral media outlets, and the public's obsession with crime stories. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

At AFI FEST: THE NET

The South Korean film, The Handmaiden, has gotten glowing reviews this year, but it’s another, more modest film, Kim Ki-Duk’s The Net, that might be the year’s best cinematic export. While it centers on the tensions between North and South Korea, this border story also serves as an allegory for all of the divisions in our world today.  … [Read more...]

At AFI FEST: LIVE CARGO

Logan Sandler's debut feature, Live Cargo echoes the first (and best part) of Lars von Trier's Antichrist. Shot in black and white, both films deal, in large part, with a couple losing a child and their (in)ability to connect through that grief. After the jump, read on for more on Live Cargo as well as a brief interview with Sandler. … [Read more...]

At AFI: GODLESS & KILL ME, PLEASE

Two films playing at AFI Fest this week, from as diverse locations as Bulgaria and Brazil, take violence far more seriously than many of their counterparts and reveal both religion's ability to heal us of it and religious leader's use of violence to manipulate the faithful.  … [Read more...]

Reflections on THE BIRTH OF A NATION

New Pop Theology contributor and Killer Serials co-host, Tony Jones, offers up some reflections on the controversial new film, The Birth of a Nation, which releases in theaters nation-wide on Friday, Oct. 7th. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

The Maltese Falcon and the MacGuffin of the Spirit

As I revel in my return to the Bay Area, I continue to catch up on classics that have to do with San Francisco. Last weekend I rewatched The Maltese Falcon (1941). Truth be told, the film version, based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, could have taken place anywhere. Other than some stock footage of San Francisco, the place names, and "view" of the Oakland Bay Bridge behind Sam Spade's desk, the city doesn’t play much of a role. It's still a classic.The head-scratching plot begins with the c … [Read more...]

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and PTSD

Tony Jones joins the magnificent ranks of Pop Theology with a brief reflection on this week's #1 box office hit, The Magnificent Seven. … [Read more...]

Movie Review: HIGH RISE

It's time for another Pop Theology conversation. This time, Benjamin Griffin and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix arrival, High Rise, Ben Wheatley's adaptation of the novel by J. G. Ballard.  … [Read more...]