The Religious Film: A Review

In only 156 pages, Pamela Grace sets forth on a bold undertaking to create a new film genre, the hagiopic.  In her book, The Religious Film:  Christianity and the Hagiopic, she gives a brief description of this new genre and places it in a historical and critical framework but allows her insightful critiques of particular hagiopics to make the case for the genre themselves. … [Read more...]

Crazy Good…

Crazy Heart is this year's The Wrestler, and that's not a bad thing.  Without the violence and the real-life comeback story of a washed-up actor, Crazy Heart cuts to the heart of The Wrestler's narrative of a once-great entertainer who has alienated his family and searches for some sort of redemption...or at least a return to relevance. … [Read more...]

Pop Theology's Oscar Conversation

Like Punxsutawney Phil, Ernest Myers usually makes an appearance at Pop Theology around this time of year.  This year, Ernest and I have a quick conversation about the Oscar nominations announced yesterday, what we think should win, what we think will win, and what we didn't see.  … [Read more...]

The Springfield Reformation: A Review

Despite a decline in the overall quality of the past several seasons, The Simpsons still manages to turn out a few funny episodes each season.  Over the past decade or so, there have been a variety of texts that take a scholarly approach to the long-running series from philosophical or theological perspectives.  The latest, Jamey Heit's The Springfield Reformation:  The Simpsons, Christianity, and American Culture, offers insights into some of the series' episodes that give a rather prophetic lo … [Read more...]

Bad Even for Hollywood

In a recent review of The Book of Eli, I referenced Owen Glieberman's review of the film in which he bemoaned the release of another post-apocalyptic film, a viewpoint of which I was critical.  Well, I spoke too soon.  The recent release of Legion represents just the type of (post)apocalyptic film we could do without. … [Read more...]

A New Way to Dialogue…

I recently highlighted a list of significant religious documentaries released in the past decade. looks like I missed one, but perhaps so did many of you.  Thankfully, Lord Save Us From Your Followers will re-release in theaters on February 26.  I had the opportunity to host two screenings of it as part of the Pacific School of Religion's Earl Lecture Series.  … [Read more...]

The Bubble: A Review

Check out Richard Lindsay's review of the Israeli film, The Bubble (2006), after the jump. … [Read more...]

What the Church Can Learn from Facebook

In their book, Transforming Christian Theology for Church and Society, Tripp Fuller and Philip Clayton argue for the necessity of local congregations to connect the work they do with deep, sustained theological reflection.  I have been thinking about other areas of life that should be linked with deep theological reflection, and for me one of these areas is popular culture.  Another aspect is the changing nature of technology and communication in the culture in which we live.  In Thy Kingdom Co … [Read more...]