The Green Pastures

When I mentioned in my course on the Bible and music that one of my favorite composers is Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this led a student to express interest in doing research related to his music. My initial reaction was to find myself unable to find much in the way of direct connection to the Bible. But [Read More…]

Religious Imagery in Wall-E

Reddit is exactly the kind of place where one would expect a discussion to take place about whether Wall-E (in the movie of the same name) represented the tempting serpent in the Garden of Eden, perhaps understood as Satan, rather than being a messianic savior figure. I am grateful to IO9 for drawing that discussion to my attention, [Read More…]

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

On March 27th at 6:30pm, Butler University will host a screening of Martin Doblmeier’s new movie An American Conscience: The Reinhold Neibuhr Story. To RSVP or for more information, visit EventBrite.   [Read more…]

Silence

I was delighted to have an opportunity to see an advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Silence tonight, a couple of days before it opens here in Indianapolis. I went with a friend who has read Shūsaku Endō’s novel, and he said the movie is remarkably faithful to the book – except perhaps the very final [Read More…]

Blade Runner 2049

Next year, there will be a new Blade Runner movie. Excited? Via Polygon. [Read more…]

Call for Papers: The Place of Religion in Film

March 30th-April 1st, the University of Syracuse will host a conference on “The Place of Religion in Film,” as part of the Ray Smith Symposium Series. Here’s the full call for papers: The Place of Religion in Film March 30 – April 1, 2017 with plenaries featuring Joaquim Pinto, director, and Nuno Leonel, cinematographer, of [Read More…]

New Rogue One Trailer

IO9 shared the above trailer to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yesterday. Today they followed up with a breakdown scene by scene, to make sure you don’t miss anything!   [Read more…]

Rewatching The Black Hole

I just rewatched the science fiction movie The Black Hole, to introduce my son to it. I was particularly eager to see what I myself thought of the ending, and indeed whether it meant what I had interpreted it to mean when I watched it in my youth. And I wondered what my son would [Read More…]

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2

In case you haven’t seen the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond. [Read more…]

The Young Messiah: Recording of Today’s Chat with Cyrus Nowrasteh

The video above is the recording of today’s chat that myself and several other Patheos bloggers had with director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his new movie The Young Messiah. If you missed the live chat earlier today, this is your chance to hear the conversation. There were some technical hitches that kept me from being there [Read More…]