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...]

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


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


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...]