Church of the Masses“Nothing Left to Say of Me” – Flannery O’Connor’s, “A Prayer Journal”
Flannery worries that her writing will lead people away from God instead of towards Him.
TinselWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Noah
I am glad a director with the insight and dark vision of Darren Aronofsky has taken on this story. It needs to be removed from nursery walls. It needs to be de-stuffed-animalized. It needs to be woken up.
Sister Rose Movies“Son of God” to sweep theaters nationwide on February 28 – and my review
Thousands of people across the country will be seeing producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s new film that tells the life of Christ.
FilmChatAaron Paul on Joshua and the size of Ridley Scott’s Exodus
The former co-star of Breaking Bad says his character in the upcoming Bible epic "also has a lot of inner turmoil".
Looking CloserBefore You See That Noah Movie, Read This…
Here's an article about the upcoming "Noah" movie that's sure to rub some Christian readers the wrong way. But Darren Aronofsky likes it. So does Russell Crowe. And so do I.
FilmChatParamount comes out swinging against Variety’s Noah story
The studio responds to a poorly-written story that slammed the film's box-office prospects. Is this a sign of strength, or a sign that the studio thinks it's vulnerable here?
Tinsel‘Gravity’ Wins Best Picture in Patheos Movie Awards, Full List of Winners
Patheos also announces winners for Best Movie to Watch as a Family (The Way, Way Back), Best Portrayal of Faith (Javier Bardem in To The Wonder), and more.
Sister Rose MoviesVote for your favorite 2013 movie, star, director at “Reader Selection Award” at Patheos
As you may know, the religion blog web portal “Patheos” has an Entertainment Channel (where my blog lives) with many film critics from various faith communities sharing about their favorite films. We would like to ask you to weigh in and vote for the “Reader SelectionAward” – CLICK HERE to vote. According to editor [Read More...]
TinselVote Along with Our Writers in The Patheos Movie Awards
We will announce the first ever Patheos Movie Awards on February 26, celebrating the best in film for 2013. Our Entertainment Channel writers have nominated the below films, directors, actors, and roles, and they will vote on them. But we want to know what you think! Vote along with us and we’ll see if the [Read More...]
Looking CloserThe Great Beauty (2013)
I've just seen "The Great Beauty" and I'm still a little bit drunk on its imagery. It's a feast for those with big appetites for beauty on the big screen. But alas, the meal is soured by a bitter syrup.
Looking CloserNow You Can Watch the Zany Adventure Movie That America Missed
Looking for an escape? Searching for an exciting, hilarious, fun adventure film for the whole family? I highly recommend Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Globe-trotting adventure, over-the-top comedy, extravagant costumes, Egyptian tomb-raiding, and a rampaging pterodactyl… this movie has all of that and more. And it just arrived on Netflix. Now, before [Read More...]
TinselReview: Oscar Nominee ‘Her’ and Its Sadly Small, Dehumanizing Version of Love
The Oscar contender is most interesting for the things it leaves out.
TinselReview: Spectacular ‘LEGO Movie’ Connects All the Right Pieces
Watch it once to laugh. Watch it again to think and wonder.
Looking CloserThe LEGO Movie (2014)
The LEGO Movie is, at once, a movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember; the greatest LEGO invention of all time; and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity — not only with our LEGOs, but with our lives.
Doc HollywoodPHILOMENA: Sincerity Amidst Cynicism
While much of the Oscar race has centered around 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, a much quieter (and more profound) picture slipped into theaters. Philomena is a modest, true-life story about a woman in search of her adopted child. It chronicles the horrific abuse doled out in the Magdalene laundries overseen by the Irish [Read More...]
Doc HollywoodHER: The Lure and Limits of iLove
We live in an era of profound possibilities and deep-seated anxieties. We believe the future is bright, but we’re scared of the present. We seek solace in our digital devices, embracing the virtual when the actual feels too weird, wild, and uncontrollable. We are hyper-connected and yet oddly isolated. As Louis C.K. has noted, “Everything [Read More...]
Schaeffer's GhostLone Survivor: The Good War
Brutal and difficult, this is one of the most surprising, and best, American war movies in a generation.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Our Understated Habit of Daydreaming
Big dreams in everyday life.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Wolf of Wall Street and the New American Dream
The land of opportunity gives way to the land of entitlement.
Schaeffer's GhostLlewyn Davis is Empty and Pointless
In case you didn’t know, these filmmakers are nihilists.
Schaeffer's GhostThe Hobbit: Second Verse, Better Than the First
A welcome return to Middle Earth.
Schaeffer's GhostMary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks: On Loving Imperfect Fathers
What a beloved classic film and the Disneyfied history of its making can teach us about honoring imperfect fathers.
TinselReview: Exciting ‘The Hobbit: Desolation’ of Smaug Loses Tone of Book
Romance? In a J.J.R. Tolkein adaptation? Blasphemy!
Pop TheologyPhilomena: Shaming Believers and Non-Believers Alike
Schaeffer's GhostOut of the Furnace … and into the darkness
A great journey into the depravity of the mundane.
Schaeffer's GhostDisney’s Frozen: A Warm Story
This holiday season, take your kids to see a princess story that focuses less on finding Mr. Right and more on the importance of family and the value of sacrificial love.
TinselReview: You Will Not Regret a Trip to “Nebraska”
A funny love song to the Midwest and the baffling people who live there.
TinselReview: Let the Revolution begin! “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Inspires
This is a movie that makes you believe in revolution.
Doc Hollywood12 YEARS A SLAVE: Absolutely Essential
I expected 12 Years a Slave to be rigorous and demanding.
What I didn't expect was the poetry, the brilliant mix of restraint and minimalism that produces such maximalist results.