5 Takeaways from American Sniper

Two days ago, I wrote about the cultural significance of American Sniper. Today, I want to zero in on the film itself, and to suggest five takeaways from it. 1. Bradley Cooper is now a legitimate star. His performance as Kyle is exceptional. Cooper does not need a ton of exposition or dialogue to communicate the nuances of [Read More...]

“American Sniper” Shows Virtuous Manhood in Action

The movie American Sniper is not only January’s most successful movie ever (over $105 million during MLK weekend). It’s a cultural battleground. Some have decried it, saying that it depicts killing in righteous terms, which is categorically wrong. This is no small matter; The New Republic opposed it, and the critic hadn’t even seen the movie. For others, [Read More...]

Do Not Go Quietly: 5 Takeaways from “Interstellar”

“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” –Jesus, Mark 12:34 If you have not seen the film Interstellar, you should. It’s just out, and in many ways it’s a masterpiece. No one today with the possible exception of Ridley Scott attempts epic pictures like Christopher Nolan. Sure, there are 17 comic-book films a year [Read More...]

Terrence Malick Filmmaking: A Truthful and Beautiful Pro-Life Film

I recently had the opportunity to see the preview of a film called LIFE that took my breath away. You can watch the same preview above; I encourage you to do so. This isn’t your standard evangelical movie. For starters, its look and feel are reminiscent of a Terrence Malick film. That alone caught my [Read More...]

Finding Law and Grace in the New Les Miserables Film

Timothy Dalrymple has a terrific breakdown of the differing perspectives on law and grace held by Valjean and Javert in the new Les Miserables film, which I highly recommend. The performance by Anne Hathaway as Fantine is jaw-dropping. One of the best bits of acting I’ve seen in a film, ever. The tension between the two lead [Read More...]

Why The Hobbit Makes More Sense Than Snarky Critics Say

Really appreciated this Huffington Post piece by a poet named Seth Abramson. Abramson gives very helpful backstory to The Hobbit, which as some know has taken a bit of a critical pounding of late, and shows that there is actually a good deal more history to the matters covered in and around The Hobbit then originally meets [Read More...]

The Banality of Amorality: An Essay On the Hobbit

So here we are: The Hobbit is officially out. I haven’t seen it yet, but the hour draws nigh. I can’t wait. I recently saw a few films that reminded me of the power of Tolkien’s tale, which traffics in good and evil and other such outmoded concepts. It’s nuanced, but it’s stubbornly traditional in [Read More...]

The Unbelievably Cool New Hobbit Trailer

Here’s the newest trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  It releases December 14, 2012.  I don’t know about you, but I could just about camp out in the wintry cold for this one.  It looks flat-out amazing (and there are going to be three, not two, Hobbit films!). How strange that Bible-influenced stories continue [Read More...]

Be Strong and Courageous (and Not a Boy-Man)

I recently had the opportunity to see The Bourne Legacy, which is way better than the critics had made it sound and totally worth seeing for adults.  The critics, by the way, often don’t like a movie that skews traditional, as Legacy does.  It was a fantastic action film filled with the intelligent intensity you [Read More...]

Friday Awesomeness: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Sometimes you have to step away from all the serious blogging.  Sometimes you have to watch an awesome movie trailer. That’s just what you have to do. [Read more...]


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