Equus: A Review

Richard Lindsay gives us another great review, but this time, he takes us to Broadway with the revival of Equus.  Sounds like anyone living in/near New York City or planning a vacation should definitely see this. … [Read more...]

Mary, Mother of Christ!

Last week, more reports started to circle around about the upcoming film Mary, Mother of Christ.  Most recently, the filmmakers announced that they had cast Camilla Belle (Push and 10,000 BC) to play Mary.  Word is that Peter O'Toole and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have already been cast and that the filmmakers hope to add both Al Pacino and Jessica Lange to the cast with Pacino as Herod (he's got a long way to go to top Frank Thring)...but something tells me that he won't be convinced to play it e … [Read more...]

He's Baaaack…

Annual Pop Theology contributor Ernest Myers graces us with his presence once again with his Top 10 Television Shows of 2008.  It might be an easy way out, but I like the ending... … [Read more...]

Top 10 Spiritually Significant Films of 2008

Before 2009 gets any older, I thought I'd better look back over the films that I saw in 2008 (or that were released in 2008) to construct my top 10 list of spiritually significant films.  You'll notice some potential glaring absences:  I assume that Doubt and Revolutionary Road might have made the list, but at this point, I have been unable to make it to the theaters to see them.  This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite films of the year or ones that I felt were the best, although a few of t … [Read more...]

Sign of the Times…

A couple of months ago, film scholar and critic David Thomson spoke on NPR during the height of the Presidential election.  He and the host could not ignore the troubling times in which we live, and Thomson speculated that filmmakers would not turn their cameras away either.  He cited the, ironically, positive effects that such difficult times can have on filmmaking, looking back at the wealth of lasting films created during the Great Depression or in the late 60s and early 70s.  The problem, I f … [Read more...]

Who Says Christmas Is Over…

We just can't let go of the holiday spirit here at Pop Theology.  Wendy Arce provides a belated review of two of the bigger holiday films and offers some interesting thoughts on the use of stereotypes in each. … [Read more...]

Go On, Get Happy!

Yesterday morning, I heard a homily in which the priest talked about partaking of the Eucharist and how he (we) often do so daintily as he mimicked a timid partaking of the cup.  He countered this image by reflecting on the large stained glass window in the sanctuary which depicts Jesus' baptism.  As John baptizes Jesus, rays of light beam down from a dove at the top of the window and flow over Jesus' head, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.  The priest concluded that, while we daintily partake of the … [Read more...]

Jesus at the Movies: A Review

In her book, Jesus of Hollywood, Adele Reinhartz claimed that Jesus films often tell us more about the socio-cultural locations of their filmmakers than they do about the character whose story they purport to tell.  W. Barnes Tatum, in his equally fascinating book on Jesus films, Jesus at the Movies:  A Guide to the First Hundred Years, would perhaps agree.  At least his in-depth research reveals such a reality. … [Read more...]