Love Thy Neighbor

Currently in theaters everywhere, you can go see a great Pixar film and even stick around for a fairly good one too.  Pixar's short animated films have been an entertaining throwback to the earlier days of cinema when a cartoon and a newsreel often preceded even live-action dramas, not just other animated features.  Until now, Pixar's cinematic lagniappe has rarely surpassed the feature films that succeeded them.  With Day & Night, we have a short film that is more visually and thematically c … [Read more...]

An Evangelical Pop Culture Expedition

A secular, humanist, non-practicing Jewish writer from New York takes a year-long tour through evangelical Christian pop-culture?  Yeah...I know how that book's going to turn out...or at least I thought I did.  Daniel Radosh's Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture is one of the most insightful, entertaining books I've ever read concerning this branch of Christianity.  … [Read more...]

We Don't Get Another Hero

I absolutely love and am fascinated with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives.  To me, they speak far more about our current theological, philosophical, and political state of affairs than they ever do about how it's all going to go down in the end (which despite popular evangelical opinion is what they were always intended to do).  One of the more interesting characteristics of said narratives, especially the pop-culture variety, is the ever-present hero, most often the man who holds it a … [Read more...]

What's the Meaning Behind Lady Gaga's New Video?

(Hint: There is none.)Frequent Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay offers his take on the music video for Lady Gaga's new song, "Alejandro," after the jump.  You can view the video here on the Pop Theology home page. … [Read more...]

Cut Me Out…

I've got a one sentence review of Splice, the latest sci-fi/horror film currently playing in theaters, but it doesn't an article make.  If you really want to read/hear it, you'll have to swear you're not planning on watching it...in theaters at least...because if I had to suffer through the film, you do too.  For my extended review, read on. … [Read more...]

It's Funny Because It's Serious…

Film critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle recently said that we are in a Golden Age of comedy.  It's hard to ignore, given the release of films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, The Hangover, and now Get Him to the Greek, to name a few.  While the latter, which released last Friday, is laugh-out-loud funny, it also has a genuinely serious streak. … [Read more...]

U2 360

If any of you, like me, had tickets to U2's second leg of their American 360 tour, then you were sorely disappointed to hear about the cancellation due to Bono's surgery.  Yet, last week's release of their DVD, U2 360 at the Rose Bowl, the recording of last Fall's record-setting concert, should help ameliorate that pain and tide you over until the dates are rescheduled next year.  After the jump, check out mine and Richard Lindsay's review of the concert and the DVD. … [Read more...]

Bearers of Bad News

I have always admired and deeply respected army and hospital chaplains for their emotional and spiritual strength and their ability to stand with those who mourn during the sacred time and space of loss.  The same could be said of those who must bear the actual bad news of the death of a loved one to the family and friends they've left behind.  The other critically acclaimed "war movie" of 2009, The Messenger, focused on such a task and was, in many ways, more compelling, for me at least, than i … [Read more...]