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...]


When most of us think of religious toys and games, we probably go straight to the satirical...the Looking Good for Jesus makeup kit, the Buddy Christ, or even the controversial Left Behind video game.  The authors of Toying With God:  The World of Religious Games and Dolls, Nikki Bado-Fralick and Rebecca Sachs Norris, address these games but also take readers on a journey into a world rich with both satirical and serious religious components, uncovering implications for religious e … [Read more...]

Slapped Senseless

Exploitation films of the '60s and '70s are a fascinating study.  Are they exploitative, as the genre asserts?  Are they liberating?  Both?  A recent indie film, Bitch Slap (2009) attempts to parody (s)exploitation films like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Last woman on Earth, etc.  While its actresses might have similar dimensions to their predecessors, the film has none of its predecessors' soul. … [Read more...]

Oh That Lady!

From cultural, theological, and moral perspectives, the Studio Era of Hollywood is a fascinating study.  On one hand, conservative viewers might praise the absence of overtly offensive images on screen.  On the other hand, more liberal viewers might bemoan the limited worldview (white, heterosexual, and decidedly middle to upper class...mostly) that these films often set forth.  Yet, without question, the regulations against representation and dialogue forced writers and directors to be ex … [Read more...]