NOAH: The Beautiful and the Haunting


NOTE: This review contains detailed spoilers, many of which you've no doubt already heard. If this bothers you, you know what to do. Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel's Noah, which releases in theaters this weekend, is the most beautiful religious film ever made. It's also, despite all the unfounded controversy, one of the most biblical of biblical epics ever made. Like Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston did with Moses, Aronofsky and Russell Crowe will certainly influence interpretations of … [Read more...]

Mediating Faith: A Review


Few writers have made me think in new ways about the technological, hyper-connected world in which we live like Clint Schnekloth in his new book Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era. … [Read more...]

A Puzzling Dystopia


In defense of this review, I haven't read the books. The latest installment of what is increasingly becoming its own genre, YA (young adult) fiction adaptations, Divergent suffers from a lack of an effective villain against which the heroine fights. It is also hampered by a world plagued by narrative gaps. … [Read more...]

The New Amazing Spiderman 2 Trailer is Here!

Check out the final official trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2 releasing on May 2. With Chronicle's Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx as Electro, and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, this is one of the more promising entries in the franchise. On top of a strong cast, the narrative seems to be built around more mystery and intrigue than previous installments. Should be fun. … [Read more...]

SXSW 2014: Part 2


The second half of my first SXSW experience was marked by two productive meetings for my new job at Aspiration Media. I finished off the festival with a flurry of movie-going, seeing films that stretched from the absurd to the sublime.  … [Read more...]

SXSW Film: The First Half


It’s my first time to SXSW, so I quickly learned what a fool I was for planning on seeing so many films in one week, what with all the parties and meetings that emerge from those parties. On top of that, seeing each movie requires standing in line for at least an hour. As a result, I'm still seeing around two movies a day.  … [Read more...]

Cross-Watching ‘Looking’ and ‘Tales of the City’


Perhaps it’s fitting for a television show located in San Francisco that such a fault line should have formed through the HBO series Looking. As the first extended gay male drama on a mainstream channel since the early aughts’ Queer as Folk, the show was bound to be a lightning rod. But where QAF was controversial for its mere existence, not to mention its graphic portrayal of gay sex, Looking is creating a different kind of controversy. Perhaps, wonder viewers, the gay lives in the show are … [Read more...]

Making (Religious) Meaning out of (Pop) Music


Few scholars of religion and popular culture are as thorough in their articulation of both methodology and findings (and limitations of said findings) as Clive Marsh and Vaughn S. Roberts are in their book, Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls. It's a challenging read, but indispensable for music lovers and those who engage religion, the arts, and pop culture. … [Read more...]