Popping Collars Part II: “Jesus becomes a monster for us and with us”

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My book, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day, dropped yesterday. Get it on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold.Continuing now with the "Popping Collars" podcast in which the Rev’s Greg Knight and Betsy Gonzalez and I discuss biblical epics, scripture, and popular culture.Here’s the link to the whole podcast, which is much more entertaining than reading a transcript.Again, I offer the caveat that this is a not-at-all acc … [Read more...]

Richard’s Book Is Here! + Part One of Popping Collars

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So the big day has arrived. My book, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day, drops today. Get it on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold....online. With a title like that they’re not exactly going to have it at your local Books-A-Million.To celebrate, I want to post an excerpt and a link to a recent appearance I made on the "Popping Collars" podcast explaining some of what the book is about and my interest in popular culture and b … [Read more...]

Cross+Roads Faith and Film Renewal: Review of “Louder Than Bombs”

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Louder Than Bombs (directed by Joachim Trier) is an American-Norwegian film about a family still coming to grips with the untimely loss of the wife and mother. It stars Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, and Devin Druid. … [Read more...]

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: Or Why We Should Celebrate the Rise of the Nones

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A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released their latest study on America's changing religious landscape, which finds that young folks are not attending--or leaving--the church in droves. The "Nones" (or as George Clooney's character, Ulysses Everett McGill, referred to himself in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the "unaffiliated") are on the rise. Christians of all stripes continue to speculate and worry about what this means for our future...another case of what Richard Lindsay likes to call … [Read more...]

Cross+Roads Faith and Film Renewal: “Aloft” Review

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The old adage about desperate times calling for desperate measures is at the center of Aloft (written and directed by Academy Award nominated Claudia Llosa), a film about the relationship between faith and fear and the consequences of that desperation. … [Read more...]

Cross Roads Faith And Film Renewal: Cannes Review of “Filosofi Kopi”

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For some people, coffee is simply a carrier of caffeine that fuels a dulled mind and a tired body. To Coffee-philes, it's much more than that: it is one of the great joys of life. Filosofi Kopi is a film brewed for the latter group, though in reality, the message can be generalized for the masses as we all have some interest, hobby, or passion that generates joy and meaning in our life. For some it's coffee, for others wine, for others, still, it's cinema. The fact that for one person coffee is a … [Read more...]

‘Montage of Heck’: A Gospel of Kurt Cobain

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Last year I got a chance to see and review Seattle’s Experience Music Project’s exhibit on Kurt Cobain and the grunge era. The occasions for the exhibit were the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death and Nirvana’s induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.Now director Brett Morgen has added further to the Nirvaniana with a documentary on Cobain’s life, Montage of Heck. The film debuted at Sundance this year and had a limited theater release before being broadcast on HBO May 4th . It is now ava … [Read more...]

Cross Roads: Faith and Renewal, Getting Lost in Cannes

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Upon my first full day in the town of Cannes, France, I was reminded of a truth I often forget, sometimes it's good to get lost. The day following my 29 hour trip to this sublime town, and after a long night of sleep followed by a couple of naps, I set out to explore the area. The first thing I found was of course the Palais Des Festivals, the home of the famous Cannes Film Festival and soon to be my home for ten days. … [Read more...]


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