The Kids are Creative…

"All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  --Pablo PicassoI came across this quote in, of all places, this week's Sports Illustrated.  Yesterday, I finally got around to watching Son of Rambow (2007) and found the quote and the film to be a perfect match.  The film revels in child-like creativity while revealing the forces, both religious and secular, that seek to squash that creativity and individuality. … [Read more...]

BRANDS OF FAITH: A REVIEW

Mara Einstein argues, in her book Brands of Faith:  Marketing Religion in a Commercial Age, that we live in a culture of "planned obsolescence."  This is hard to deny given the frequency with which, for example, Apple releases new iPods and iPhones.  Yet she turns her attention to the effects that such consumerism has on religion.  Einstein reveals that the sacred has become more secular through intense commercialization and marketing.  On the other hand, though she doesn't write as extensively a … [Read more...]

Painfully Precious

Last weekend, I finally got around to watching Precious, a film deserving of all the critical acclaim heaped on it since its release.  Check out the review after the jump. … [Read more...]

Witnessing a Confession

I looked forward to reading Tony DuShane's Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk because I felt like, according to the blurbs on the back, it would give some insight into a somewhat secretive religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses.  This coming-of-age novel, while not necessarily full of specific, insider info on the theology and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, does provide insight into how problematic extremely conservative social and theological worldviews, especially with regard to sex(uality), … [Read more...]

Atoning for Trouble

"If forgiveness is not important, what is?"  This is just one of several theological questions that the film Troubled Water raises.  Released on DVD here in the states as part of the Film Movement project, it offers up an engrossing narrative and an interweaving structure that keeps viewers hooked until the end. … [Read more...]

A Review of SAINT 9/11

Pop Theology contributor Richard Lindsay reviews the documentary, Saint of 9/11, after the jump. … [Read more...]

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...]