Hotel Transylvania 2 Discussion Guides


Taking the kids to see Hotel Transylvania 2 this weekend? Download a family and/or faith discussion guide after the jump. … [Read more...]

Twenty-five things church-based “abstinence-only” sex education never taught me

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The film Give Me Sex Jesus is out, and streaming for free on Vimeo. This documentary on the Christian (sexual) Purity Movement asks adults who were raised in that movement, pastors and religious leaders, and academics to talk about the after-effects of Christian sexual training that focuses exclusively on abstinence. It’s a must-watch for all ministers and congregations. I will offer a review of the film itself in another post, but first I have to get something off my chest.I was not brought … [Read more...]

Live from Seattle: Princess Leia’s Bikini!

No drooling on the keyboard.

Back in Seattle for a friend’s wedding and, continuing to wonder if this might be a new home once my swamp exile is over, I found myself drawn again to the Experience Music Project. The EMP is becoming an all-purpose temple of pop culture, with big-time rock, sci-fi, film and video events constantly rotating through the museum. The Seahawks’ Super Bowl trophy and ring are even on display here. Makes sense, as Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is the controlling interest in both ventures.A lit … [Read more...]

MOVIE REVIEW: The End of the Tour


Back in the summer of 2011, my friend Ernest Myers and I observed "June of Jest" by challenging each other to read Infinite Jest in one month. We were long out of college and not looking to impress anyone other than ourselves. It was a joy to read it alongside a friend and to have someone to share the burden with. As I watched The End of the Tour, based on Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky's five-day interview with David Foster Wallace in 1996 as the promotional tour for Infinite Jest came to … [Read more...]

The Netflix-ization of the Church

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Progressive Christianity in America. Read other perspectives beginning this evening here.With the release and success of each new blockbuster film, a certain niche of the filmmaking community mourns the death of original (read smaller, indie) film content. They lament a future of theatrical releases that will be dominated by endless comic book adaptations and sequels. The concern is understandable but m … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Stanford Prison Experiment


If you're not familiar with the Stanford Prison Experiment, you'll be thrilled and riveted by the film of the same name. If you know about the infamous experiment, the film, while still engaging and disturbing, might leave you wanting more. … [Read more...]

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 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...]