Let It (Them) Be…

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a movie called Monsters would feature, well, numerous monstrous characters, creatures, or beings terrorizing their human counterparts. If that's what you like in your monster movies, then Gareth Edwards' Monsters might not be the film for you. However, if you like more intimate, suspenseful films that do not sacrifice emotion as soon as a monster emerges on screen, then this is the film for you. … [Read more...]

Sufjan Stevens Stretches Out

Richard Lindsay reviews Sufjan Stevens' latest album, The Age of Adz, after the jump. … [Read more...]

An Epic Life

"'Mr. DeMille,' said [Charles] Laughton, 'I notice that all of your pictures have a religious motif. Are you yourself very religious?'" "'Well,' said DeMille, 'I suppose there's a little bit of God in DeMille and a little bit of DeMille in God'" (291).Few Hollywood biographers and historians are as insightful as Scott Eyman. Having tackled such giants as Louis B. Mayer and John Ford, Eyman turns his attention to Cecil B. DeMille for his latest project. The result is Empire of Dreams: The Epic … [Read more...]

Gaga Does God's Work

I'M BEAUTIFUL IN MY WAY'CAUSE GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES.Lady Gaga continues to spread her gospel of self-acceptance. … [Read more...]

The Destruction of Innocence

Recovering from a dissertation defense, starting a new job, and prepping weekly lectures for my religion and the cinema course have left little time for movie watching these days. However, I finally got to see Never Let Me Go recently. This is one of those rare cases where the film adaptation of a book actually brings something fresh to the story on which it is based, and it's a shame it hasn't gotten more attention during awards season. … [Read more...]

Enter at Your Own Risk…

I hesitate to write about any film by Gaspar Noe for fear that someone might actually watch it and never forgive me for introducing them to the experience. There's much to critique about Noe's work, particularly his unflinching representations of sex, violence, and, at times, combination of the two. However, these are also symptoms of his daring willingness to experiment with the medium of film in ways few other, if any, filmmakers are doing. His latest film, Enter the Void, makes some … [Read more...]

How Do You Spell Biutiful?

Biutiful will most likely turn out to be one of the best Oscar nominated films that most people will not get to see in theaters. That it is a foreign language film (shot in Barcelona by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) relegates it to mainly art house theaters and a few multiplexes in larger cities. It's a shame because most viewers will have to wait until the DVD to view one of the year's best performances and the small screen will rob the effectiveness of much of Rodrigo Prieto's … [Read more...]

Save More, Think Less

I doubt there are many books that combine economics, theology, politics, and cultural studies as seamlessly and deeply as Bethany Moreton's To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. In her book, Moreton reveals how Sam Walton and his peers shrewdly exploited economic and cultural conditions, while relying on a keen awareness of the justifying power of religion and theology, to make Wal-Mart one of the largest businesses in the world. Along the way, she also reveals what … [Read more...]