House of Cards: Collapse is Inevitable

Review of House of Cards (Season 1), Directed by David Finch Rating: 9/10 If you take The West Wing, strip it of its fluffy idealism, make it dark and pessimistic, mix in contemporary gadgets (iPads, texting), keep the occasional Bartlet monologue but make it lessons in Machiavellian strategy, you get something like House of Cards. [Read More...]

The Music of the Last of the Mohicans

Review of The Last of the Mohicans, Directed by Michael Mann When I was in high school The Last of the Mohicans (1992) made a profound impression on me. Rewatching it two decades later, I think it was all about the music. The 1992 film that I saw turns out to be a remake of [Read More...]

Beyond the Hills Joins the List of Great Spiritual Dramas

Review of Beyond the Hills, Directed by Christian Mungiu Here’s the bottom line on Beyond the Hills, the new film from Romania’s Christian Mungiu: It’s one of the best religious dramas in recent memory, on par with the great spiritual dramas from Ingmar Bergman in his prime (The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring, The Silence). But [Read More...]

Burt Wonderstone: From Wonder-Empty to Wonder-Full

Review of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Directed by Don Scardino Yet this I hold against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. ~ Revelation 2:4 Albert Weinzelstein and his friend Anthony—social outcasts and frequent targets for bullying—wanted nothing more than to explore the wonderful world of magic; a world personified by Rance Holloway [Read More...]

Stoker and the Shadow of Alfred Hitchcock

A Review of Stoker, Directed by Park Chan-wook “Shadow of a Doubt” seems a particularly American film, although it is part of a tradition that starts with Dante, culminates with Dostoevsky (whom Hitchcock has called a “master”) and includes in it as well the best writings of Henry James and Graham Greene. … But the [Read More...]

Stoker’s Identity and Inheritance

Review of Stoker, Directed by Park Chan-wook (WARNING: This review contains mature content of a sexual nature. Reader discretion advised. Spoilers are also included.) How much of our lives is determined by our heritage? What does it mean to be an adult? These kinds of questions form the undercurrent in Stoker, the newest film by [Read More...]

The Call: Trouble on the Line

Review of The Call directed by Brad Anderson Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) works in “the Hive”—a 911 call center in California. When she receives a call from a girl being abducted, Jordan does her job efficiently and well, dispatching the first-responders and assuring the girl that help is on the way. Unfortunately, help does not [Read More...]

Chasing the Orgastic Future with Jay Gatsby

Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The first time I read The Great Gatsby, I was high on codeine—recovering from surgery—and had vivid hallucinatory dreams of the green light every night for a week. Almost twenty years later, the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming screen adaptation is making the rounds, and I see [Read More...]

The Romance of the Noble Savage: The Deerslayer

Review of The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper Five white people are holed up in a floating cabin in the middle of a lake and surrounded on all sides by woods infested with hostile Huron Indians bent on murder, rape, and pillage. A tense game of cat and mouse ensues as intricate as chess: maneuvering for [Read More...]

Lots of Stupid Christians

Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch For as long as I can remember, I’ve been addicted to the bandwagon. Consequently, here is my contribution to the ongoing Schaeffer’s Ghost discussion of the intellectual state of modern Christianity. If you’ve missed it, Paul Miller started with a post discussing why Christians [Read More...]

Howl’s Moving Castle

Review of Howl’s Moving Castle, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rating: 8/10 Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young woman named Sophie, who owns a hat store in a European-looking town. War is coming to the kingdom. It so happens that Sophie meets Howl, a wizard, and the Witch of the Waste is immediately [Read More...]

A Wizard of Goodness in the Land of Oz

This prequel wants to be great. Does it succeed? [Read more...]

Is the EMPEROR Guilty?

Review of EMPEROR, Directed by Peter Webber Depending on your level of interest in WWII’s Pacific theater, you will have heard of the post-surrender dilemma: should the United States place Emperor Hirohito on trial for war crimes? To do so would satisfy the populations of the West, but it would also throw Japan into turmoil [Read More...]

A Morally-Complex Game of Thrones

As in real life, sometimes it’s hard to see moral clarity in complex situations. [Read more...]


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