Check out the latest from Jason Derr on Being Erica after the jump. … [Read more...]

Tear Me Down: Why Hedwig still Rocks Twenty Years after the Wall

Check out Richard Lindsay's review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch after the jump. … [Read more...]

A Fate Worse Than Death?

Roland Emmerich's disaster films are escapist fantasies that imagine how we humans will respond in the face of certain (almost) global destruction.  As I mentioned in a review of 2012 yesterday, they often present an emotional utopia of family togetherness against this dystopic background.  Another recent film, the post-apocalyptic story, The Road, unfortunately presents a perhaps more realistic portrayal of the human response to global destruction and survival of said catastrophe. … [Read more...]

The World's Dead, But At Least the Family Survived

There's an interesting thread to Roland Emmerich's disaster films.  Against the backdrop of alien invasions or global warming is the story of geographically or emotionally separated families reuniting with one another.  The same plot can be seen in his third attempt to destroy the planet in 2012.  … [Read more...]

Jesus, This Was Boring…

"But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."  Matthew 6:6Given the above verse, I thought it was particularly interesting that conservative evangelicals got all bent out of shape over President Obama's refusal to hold a public event around the National Day of Prayer.  Something about the above verse also makes that national observance seem slightly out of place as well.  I think Au … [Read more...]

Unmasking "The Enemy:" Jack G. Shaheen's "Reel Bad Arabs"

Over the course of this semester, I have been teaching a course entitled "Theological Crises and the Development of American Cinema."  In it, we have been looking at, among other issues, the representation of race and ethnicity in the history of American film.  In preparation for the final series of classes, I am developing lectures and discussions on the emergence of the Hollywood blockbuster from the late '70s until today.  A significant feature in several of these films is the stereotype of Ar … [Read more...]

FlashForward: Paradoxology and the Work of God

Check out the latest from Jason Derr after the jump, an attempt to look at the theological concepts in the ABC TV series, FlashForward.  The article is written in consideration of the first six episodes and not of the series as a whole. … [Read more...]

They Killed Sister Dorothy

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  (John 15:13)"Then he said to them all:  'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.'" (Luke 9:23-24)There is a clarion call to self-sacrifice in the Christian life.  Yet the example of Jesus also shows us that living a life that embodies the Kingdom of God might als … [Read more...]