Witnessing a Confession

I looked forward to reading Tony DuShane's Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk because I felt like, according to the blurbs on the back, it would give some insight into a somewhat secretive religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses.  This coming-of-age novel, while not necessarily full of specific, insider info on the theology and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, does provide insight into how problematic extremely conservative social and theological worldviews, especially with regard to sex(uality), … [Read more...]

Atoning for Trouble

"If forgiveness is not important, what is?"  This is just one of several theological questions that the film Troubled Water raises.  Released on DVD here in the states as part of the Film Movement project, it offers up an engrossing narrative and an interweaving structure that keeps viewers hooked until the end. … [Read more...]

A Review of SAINT 9/11

Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay reviews the documentary, Saint of 9/11, after the jump. … [Read more...]

Read Them, Read Them, Read Them!

Due to the volcanic ash cloud's disruption of my wife's arrival to the UK, I had some extra time on my hands and decided to start Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, composed of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  Having read a few pop-crime novels in my day, I can safely say that these are in a class all by themselves.  Unfortunately, Larsson didn't live to see the success of his novels nor to create more brilliant, deeply e … [Read more...]

If You Liked the First One…

Confession:  I loved the first Iron Man film.  In my mind, Jon Favreau crafted a pitch-perfect superhero film that didn't take itself too seriously, but contained serious themes.  Of course, his success was due in great part to a memorable performance by Robert Downey, Jr.  The reason that I am simultaneously pleased with and disappointed in their sequel is that it is simply more of the same. … [Read more...]

Doesn't Take a Superhero

Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay reviews the new release, Kick-Ass, after the jump.  I ought to kick his for seeing it before me. … [Read more...]

Great Drama in Action Clothing

Like many of you, my Netflix Queue is a mile long.  Some films have been at the top of that list or hovering around it since the beginning, often being over-taken by other films that I need to watch for research or just for fun.  Unfortunately, Hero (2002) was one of those films that I waited much too long to see.  On the other hand, it was definitely worth the wait, because it is one of the most beautiful, enrapturing films I have seen in a long time. … [Read more...]

Act Now! For Only $9.99

What is the meaning of life?  What if I told you you could find out for only $9.99?  Too good to be true?  In the animated film $9.99, a young man buys a book for the titular price that promises to provide him with such information, while all around him life spins out a wealth of meanings. … [Read more...]