OF GODS AND MEN: Loving your Neighbor—when your Neighbor is Death

In his latest article, Richard Lindsay engages in something of a review/conversation of the new film Of Gods and Men with Mike Campos, a fellow, recent PhD grad at the Graduate Theological Union. … [Read more...]

Finally, A Vampire that Really Sucks…

Move over Bill Compton. Step aside Edward Cullen. There's a new sheriff...er, vampire...in town, and he's not a conscience-addled downer either. Skinner Sweet, the preeminent bloodsucker in the American Vampire series is as vicious a vampire as you're likely to find. The product of Scott Snyder's imagination and fueled by the twisted vision of Stephen King, this is a comic book series that restores the bite to the vampire genre that has, while not necessarily de-fanged, been dulled as of late. … [Read more...]

The Lure of the Dark Side: A Review

The dark side is alive and well in popular culture and has been for millenia. Just as fascinating as the dark side itself is our fascination with it. In The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan & Western Demonology in Popular Culture, Christopher Partridge and Eric Christianson collect a series of essays, many of which were originally presented at a conference in North Wales in 2006, that discuss both "dark" media and our "addiction" to them. … [Read more...]

The Adjustment Bureau: ‘We’re from God and We’re Here to Help’

Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay reviews The Adjustment Bureau after the jump. … [Read more...]

Graphic Religion

With a dissertation dominating my time for the last year, comics and graphic novels got put on the back burner. With that beast behind me, I'm slowly returning to a realm of pop culture that I have missed. In an effort to get back into the habit of reading and critically engaging with comics and graphic novels, I recently read Graven Images: Religion in Comics and Graphic Novels, a collection of essays edited by David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer. This is a fantastic work that proves not … [Read more...]

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...]