KILLER SERIALS: Orange is the New Black, Season 3, Eps. 1-3

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Good friend, theologian, and author Tony Jones and I are kicking off a new blog series today, which will eventually evolve into a full-on podcast. It's called Killer Serials, and in it we will take a closer look at some of the most talked-about television series from new broadcast and cable series to new Netflix content to old favorites available on other streaming services like Amazon and Hulu. In terms of streamed content, we will write about them three episodes at a time. If the series is … [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

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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...]

Grief, Revenge, and Other Ghosts of the Past in Netflix’s BLOODLINE

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With so much good original Netflix content, you'd be forgiven for bailing on Bloodline after the first episode or two, especially when Daredevil released only a couple of weeks later. Bloodline's narrative starts slow, even if it is bolstered by stellar performances. If you're patient enough, however, you'll be rewarded with a story that rises to the level of its actors' considerable talent. WARNING: A SPOILER-FILLED REFLECTION AHEAD. … [Read more...]

The Art of Forgetting Fossils: A Review of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie and Lowell’

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Benjamin Griffin is back. Now a resident of that hipster paradise of Austin, TX, he reviews Sufjan Stevens' latest album, Carrie and Lowell.The Art of Forgetting Fossils: A Review of Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie and LowellBy Benjamin Drew GriffinWe don’t know who Sufjan Stevens is. Some have claimed him as this generation’s greatest folk artist, a master of Americana orchestration and literary construction – but they were foiled by the glittery psychedelia and opaque personal deconst … [Read more...]

Cross+Roads Faith and Film Renewal: “Aloft” Review

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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...]

Cross Roads Faith And Film Renewal: Cannes Review of “Filosofi Kopi”

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For some people, coffee is simply a carrier of caffeine that fuels a dulled mind and a tired body. To Coffee-philes, it's much more than that: it is one of the great joys of life. Filosofi Kopi is a film brewed for the latter group, though in reality, the message can be generalized for the masses as we all have some interest, hobby, or passion that generates joy and meaning in our life. For some it's coffee, for others wine, for others, still, it's cinema. The fact that for one person coffee is a … [Read more...]

‘Montage of Heck’: A Gospel of Kurt Cobain

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Last year I got a chance to see and review Seattle’s Experience Music Project’s exhibit on Kurt Cobain and the grunge era. The occasions for the exhibit were the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death and Nirvana’s induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.Now director Brett Morgen has added further to the Nirvaniana with a documentary on Cobain’s life, Montage of Heck. The film debuted at Sundance this year and had a limited theater release before being broadcast on HBO May 4th . It is now ava … [Read more...]


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