The Great Leap Forward to Famine

Review of Mao’s Great Famine, Directed by Patrick Cabouat and Philippe Grangereau (film can be viewed here for free) By KENDRICK KUO In recent years, the famine accompanying Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward has achieved the title of “The Great Famine.” Previously, it had been known as the “Three Years of Natural Disasters,” which shifted [Read More...]

Odd Parenting in a Crooked World

Review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Directed by Peter Hedges By KENDRICK KUO The odd life of Timothy Green is not the odd part, but rather how he is parented. Odd not in a bad way, but in the way it contrasts with the broad goals of worldly parenting. Cindy and Jim Green [Read More...]

Where’s Mom? Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows

Reivew of Nobody Knows, Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER There are four of them, plus mom—for a while. She’s just moved the family into a new apartment. The kids love mom, even when she implies they might be to blame for the family’s wanderings. One young child made too much noise at their [Read More...]

Review of Wrath of the Titans

Review of Wrath of the Titans, Directed by Jonathan Liebesman By ALEXIS NEAL Demigod Perseus wants nothing more than to raise his young son in the idyllic quiet of his simple fishing village–just as he promised his late wife Io.  An unexpected visit from his father Zeus reveals that the increased lack of belief among [Read More...]

Where is Dad?

Review of King on the Hill, Directed by  Steven Soderbergh By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Recently, director Steven Soderbergh announced his intention to retire from filmmaking. The auteur burst onto the scene with Sex, Lies and Videotape at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989, and quickly followed that success with Kafka, which was considered a failure. Soderbergh [Read More...]

Review of Total Recall by Someone who has seen the Original Version

Review of Total Recall, Directed by Len Wiseman By COYLE NEAL “But it irks me, Lord, to link that phase of my existence with my present life, the life I live now in this world; I do not remember passing through it, I have to rely on the reports of others concerning it…”[i] Augustine wrote [Read More...]

Review of Total Recall

Review of Total Recall, Directed by Len Wiseman By ALEXIS NEAL Factory worker Doug Quaid is dissatisfied with his lot. He lives in a miserable post-apocalyptic world that is sharply divided along economic lines.  What remains of humanity is crammed into two vastly overcrowded zones—the United Federation of Britain, home of the haves, and what [Read More...]

The Dark Knight Resurrects

Review of The Dark Knight Rises, Directed by Christopher Nolan By KENDRICK KUO In continuation of Alexis and Paul’s tracing of Christian themes in blockbuster action films, I’d like to add my own voice. Both have argued for the power of Christian mythology (in the true, Narnian sense of the term) in the storyteller’s craft. [Read More...]

Dark Knight Rex

Review of The Dark Knight Rises, Directed by Christopher Nolan By PAUL D. MILLER What do you get when someone rewrites A Tale of Two Cities, sets it in modern-day New York with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis underneath, turns Robespierre into a drug-addled terrorist warlord modeled on Darth Vader, and ends it with an apotheosis copied [Read More...]

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Review of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Directed by Alison Klayman By KENDRICK KUO Ai Weiwei is an unknown, strange sounding name to most Americans, but Americans are nonetheless becoming more aware of the plight of Chinese dissidents. Earlier this year the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, known for protesting against forced abortions, escaped from house arrest [Read More...]


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