A Dance Between Science and Religion

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Far too many of us are well aware of the tension between science and religion, or at least between the passionate devotees of each realm. However, there are occasions when these diverse adherents fall into conversations that result in members of each camp seeing the world around them in richer, more holistic ways. The new biopic about cosmologist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, The Theory of Everything, illustrates this better way, which might best be described not as a conversation, but as a … [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...]

The Violence of History

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Within the genre of war films lies a sub-genre devoted to anti-war war films, films that are so honest and earnest in their depiction of battle that they make us question our own sanity for ever sending women and men into such conditions. David Ayer's latest film, Fury, falls into that category. … [Read more...]

BORGMAN: Movie Review

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American filmmakers just don't do weird and disturbing like European, Asian, or, heck, any other region of filmmakers. Borgman, written and directed by Dutch filmmaker Alex van Warmerdam, is one of those weird, disturbing films that's more mentally than physically unsettling. If you're inclined to think along these directions, it felt like a good conversation partner with the far-less-weird Calvary, particularly around themes of theology and religion and their place and role in a post- … [Read more...]

The Drop: Movie Review

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It's rare that I go see a film based solely on one actor. There are actors that I really like, but the type of movie might keep me away. I'd watch Tom Hardy eat soup. His latest film, The Drop, is a good one made even better by yet another profound performance, which is crucial because he is the linchpin in a morally complex narrative. … [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...]

A Match Made in Heaven…Even If It Looks Like Hell

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Last week, I had the good fortune to interview Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh around the release of their film, Calvary. Unfortunately, I didn't get to speak to them at the same time, so I've tried to blend them together into something of a conversation. There are big spoilers throughout, so if you care about that stuff, check it out after you see the film. You can also read my review of the film here. … [Read more...]

The Good and the Reviled

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For the initiated the title of writer/director John Michael McDonagh's (The Guard) second film, Calvary, will inevitably conjure up thoughts about Jesus' crucifixion, sin, and atonement. It's fitting as larger-than-life themes of sacrifice, atonement, and good and evil form the backbone of this story about a reviled Irish priest and a member of his flock hell-bent on killing him. … [Read more...]


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