Poppy Hill and the Wonderful Ordinary

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On the wall above my desk, there hangs a home-made plaque with this Chesterton quote: For a plain, hard-working man the home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks. I love this quote. Not because my home [Read More...]

Peter Jackson Misses the Point

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This past weekend, I joined millions of moviegoers around the globe in what will doubtless become a Christmas tradition (whether we like it or not): I Hobbited. Having now experienced Peter Jackson’s latest extravaganza for myself, I can safely say that I have very little to add to the critical consensus. The film features many of the visual and [Read More...]

Embracing Martha While Pining for Mary: Win-Win?

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Life in a household of six boys often feels relentlessly jumbled and overwhelming. The wall of sound that greets me on my return home each day; the coughing, congestion and continual runny noses; the endless cycle of feeding, cleaning, and caring for this beloved brood of mine—my wife and I find ourselves willing-yet-worn-thin on the [Read More...]

A Cinematic Refuge for the Valentine-Averse

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Well, here we go again. After a year of relative safety, we have arrived once more at Valentine’s Day, that most awkward of holidays, straddling the line twixt Twitterpation and Crass Consumerism. The day crabby old-timers love to hate; the day unromantic types hate because they are expected to love it so much; and the one shining [Read More...]

Losing for the Sake of Winning

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Sorry that you feel that way The only thing there is to say Every silver lining’s got a Touch of grey. There are few things in life that bring home the value of a good cliché as quickly as becoming a new parent. A few short months as a father were all it took for [Read More...]

No Sunrises Without Sunsets

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I hate to see this evening sun go down. Lord, I hate to see this evening sun go down. ’cause it makes me think I’m on my last go ’round. Few things are more enjoyable than watching a legendary actor, nearing the end of a long and illustrious career, who finds the passion and the [Read More...]

Me, Myself, & GERTY

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This review discusses a number of SPOILERS. Proceed with caution. Duncan Jones is a grateful man—deeply, unapologetically grateful. Unlike many of Hollywood’s brightest lights, whose lofty positions cloud their ability to recognize the greatness of those who have come before them, Jones is a firm believer in acknowledging his creative influences, seeing himself as just another filmmaker [Read More...]

It Takes a Town to “Get Low”

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It has been said that there is no such thing as a private sin—that the relationship humans share as members of the Body of Christ makes such a distinction impossible. While the theology may be a bit fuzzy, the notion that transgressions committed in secret send ripples throughout all of humanity is borne out by [Read More...]

Film Noir Loves a Tell-Tale Heart

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He didn’t get away with it, did he? He’ll go to the chair, as he should. A few dates are all it takes to realize that Miss Film Noir, despite her reputation as one of the most beloved and oft-studied genres in cinematic history, is one strange, frighteningly bipolar dame. The deadly molls, hard-bitten gumshoes, and rain-drenched streets popularized [Read More...]

Divorce, Granted

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C. K. Dexter Haven: Sometimes, for your own sake, Red, I think you should’ve stuck to me longer. Tracy Lord: I thought it was for life, but the nice judge gave me a full pardon. It is difficult to watch Cary Grant’s effortless cinematic grace without envy mixing with that admiration. The former acrobat, christened Archibald [Read More...]


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