Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light – Brand New at Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, Texas 11/5/16

Brand New know exactly who they are – the rest of us aren’t really sure anymore. In their 16 years of existence, Brand New went from helping redefine and popularizing the massive punk rock sub-genre known as emo with bright hooks and maudlin meditations to deconstructing it completely through distorted expansion and existential contemplation. Where once they could be mistaken for just another product of the blink-182 generation, by now Brand New sound more akin to Fugazi after a couple years in t … [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...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 7 & 8

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 7 & 8 of Marvel's LUKE CAGE, streaming on Netflix, and welcome Kutter Callaway of Fuller Seminary to talk about racial diversity, the use of scripture, and the way the series beckons us to talk theology and religion. … [Read more...]

#Killer Serials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 5 & 6

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 5 and 6 of Marvel's Luke Cage, streaming on Netflix. In this episode, they talk about the role of the church, viewing the world as a battle field vs. seeing it as a pasture, and whether or not we can rightly refer to "back in the day." Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Book Review: MUSLIMS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA

It's hard to pin down Trump's most offensive and un-American statements during his campaign, but the idea of deporting or preventing immigration by Muslims...by performing some sort of vague religious test...might well qualify. In his latest book, Muslims and the Making of America, professor and scholar Amir Hussain sets out to show just how tightly Islam and Muslims are woven into the fabric of America. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 3 & 4

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome guest Jay Bakker to discuss episodes 3 & 4 of Marvel's Luke Cage. Jay and Ryan attempt to school Tony on the Marvel cinematic universe and talk about what Luke's backstory has to say about political, cultural, and religious issues today. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]