Cirque du Soleil: A James Cameron Filmmaking Dictionary

Review of Cirque du Soleil, Directed by James Cameron By COYLE NEAL James Cameron’s Cirque du Soleil is a regular Pandora’s box of titanic proportions. It is a masterpiece of cinematic excellence and a film course all rolled into one. Merely watching this movie will teach you all about what makes a great film. As I [Read More...]

Reaching for Justice

Review of Jack Reacher, Directed by Christopher McQuarrie By COYLE NEAL Tom Cruise’s latest movie is both unfortunately and fortunately timed. It is unfortunately timed because of how it opens—with a sniper randomly shooting people in Pittsburgh. Suspect James Barr is quickly caught, and before being put in a coma by a brutal prison beating, [Read More...]

Commies Beware!

Review of The Wonderful O by James Thurber By COYLE NEAL An important introductory disclaimer: if you haven’t already read The Wonderful O, stop reading this review now. Nothing I have to say will be anywhere near as interesting as what Thurber has written. Which also stands as a good general rule: if you have [Read More...]

Cranky Old Man writes the Apocalypse

Review of Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy By COYLE NEAL In Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins, society has begun to slide towards the logical conclusions of the 1960s. In the moral wasteland that America has become, Dr. Thomas More has invented “More’s Qualitative Quantitative Ontological Lapsometer”—a machine that measures and corrects the [Read More...]

The Bible x The Church = Disciples

Review of Multiply by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving By COYLE NEAL Francis Chan can be a bit of a, well, unique individual, and that’s why I like him. He’s unique in a way that reminds us of things that have been forgotten, but without sacrificing solid theology. His latest book Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples [Read More...]

Dreamsnake: A Review of a Review

Review of Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre  By COYLE NEAL Despite winning both the Hugo (1979) and Nebula (1978) awards, despite the fact that it’s incredibly well-written with a fast-paced plot set in a deeply imaginative world, and despite the fact that it is one of the most thoughtful expositions of second-wave feminism ever turned into [Read More...]

Deconstructing Bilbo Baggins

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown  By COYLE NEAL  Based on my limited experience, there seem to be two kinds of Tolkien scholars. The first sort are those who truly love and delight in his works and want to know more—they want to plumb the depths of Middle Earth and [Read More...]

A Dark and Stormy Night…

Review of Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child By COYLE NEAL A series of murders haunts the New York Museum of Natural History’s “Superstition” exhibition before it even opens. A primeval Amazonian terror stalks the labyrinthine corridors of the ancient edifice, and it’s up to an unlikely cast of characters to find the beast [Read More...]

Joy and Sin in the Christian Life

Review of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy by Matt Litton By COYLE NEAL In many ways, this book is the epitome of modern American Christianity: it is the result of a guy sitting alone in his basement thinking about himself and Jesus (see Chapter 1: “A Nomad in the Basement”). What is the [Read More...]

Untangling God and Caesar

Review of Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics and Learned to Start Living the Gospel by Alisa Harris. By COYLE NEAL I am always pleasantly surprised to be reminded that there is such a thing as the “evangelical left.” Not that I’m much of a lefty myself (as anyone who’s read more [Read More...]


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