Realizing All is Lost

Review of All is Lost, Directed by J.C. ChandorAll is Lost quickly divided audiences into those who relished its novelty of one cast member (Robert Redford playing “our man”), a monologue totaling about 50 words, and enthralling details of how to survive at sea, and those who despised the film as pretentious, shallow, and meaningless. Our Man starts the film with a brief voiceover--a reflection of remorse, presumably aimed at his family, which ends with “all is lost here except body and soul.” … [Read more...]

All Is Lost: A Survival Tale Only on the Surface

Review of All is Lost, Directed by J.C. Chandor“It is the duty of all believers to be preparing themselves every day to die cheerfully, comfortably, and if it may be, triumphing in the Lord.”—John Owen, The Christian’s Work of Dying DailyThe Puritans were known for writing and preaching on the art of dying well. Those well prepared for death were thought to be better able to overcome any last-minute temptations of Satan, particularly in the area of security in one’s salvation.J.C. Chandor … [Read more...]

To See or Not to See: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Review of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Directed by George Roy HillButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) is a movie I love to hate and hate to admit that I actually love. It is a movie about two outlaws who rob and kill their way through the Wild West and South America before meeting their ultimate end. Before they do, they become such endearing, hilarious, likeable crooks that you find yourself rooting for them. They are the archetypal anti-heroes, protagonists who embody vices … [Read more...]