Viral Anger

If you're not familiar with the name Jack Rebney, then you might be familiar with the Winnebago Man. If this name doesn't ring a bell, then maybe you've heard of The Angriest Man in the World.  I wasn't familiar with the name or the titles until I read about the new documentary, Winnebago Man, which chronicles Jack Rebney's rise to viral video infamy and the filmmaker's search for him after he disappeared after filming the infamous Winnebago commercial in which his mistakes ballooned into angry, … [Read more...]

The End Approaches

The first half of the final installment of the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, opens today in theaters across the country. While many viewers, including myself, are bemoaning the delay of the series' conclusion until July 2011, that the final book is divided into two films allows the filmmakers to flesh out important elements of the story that would otherwise go unaddressed in a single film. While I have not read the final book, it does feel, as a fan of the films, that this … [Read more...]

A Christ-like Wizard

Few contemporary works of fiction, especially those aimed at younger readers, have divided Christians quite as sharply as J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Some Christians view the books as harmless fantasy, no different form the works of C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien. Others see them as poison that would steer believers away from the true faith toward wizardry and witchcraft. Oh that we could only cast such fantastical spells! Yet others argue for a more complex reading of the series. … [Read more...]

A Peaceful Hereafter Because Life is Hard Enough

Starting with Mystic River in 2001, Clint Eastwood has had a run of remarkable films that have all, in different ways, had death or loss as one of their major themes. His latest film, I believe, is a culmination of those films because in Hereafter he goes beyond death to speculate on the possibility of life after it. … [Read more...]

Singing Out Against Hunger

If there's an article about music on Pop Theology, you know Richard Lindsay has written it.  Check out his review of an interesting project by singer/songwriter Bryan McFarland, a musician who is singing to combat hunger. … [Read more...]

For Your Halloween Pleasure

This month's theoblogger question at Patheos, in honor of Halloween is, "Are Demons Real?"  There are some good contributions from ministers, professors, students, and bloggers alike.  I responded from a pop-culture point of view.  Just as interesting are the conversations/reactions that readers posted in response.  Follow the link after the jump and get in on the conversation! … [Read more...]

Think You Know Dragons? Think Again…

I hated that I missed seeing How to Train Your Dragon on the big screen.  Having watched it on DVD this week, I think it's one of the best animated films I've seen in a long time, and, while I know that this might sound blasphemous, I think I like it better than Toy Story 3.  Even though the film's message isn't anything new, it's certainly one that younger viewers need to hear over and over again. … [Read more...]

Philosophy Through Video Games: A Review

While video game criticism has yet to reach the cultural status of its film counterparts, academic writing about and research into video games, their popularity, and cultural influence is certainly getting closer, particularly with the likes of Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox's Philosophy Through Video Games.  Check out my review after the jump. … [Read more...]