Every so often there is a message so pure its hard not to stop and listen. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving season, examining the message Fred Rogers fought so hard for can quite literally make our thought brighter. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? isn’t the flashiest documentary of 2018, but it might be the most important.
CIA analyst Dr. Jack Ryan is no Jason Bourne. He follows bank transactions, writes reports, creates custom SQL queries. He has a PhD in economics and left Wall Street for a desk job at the agency. But when a lead he tracks down ends up revealing the next Osama Bin Laden, he gets thrown into field work, bullets and all.
Christian circles largely know The Epic of Gilgamesh in terms of comparison. The story does act as something of a parallel to the biblical story of Noah, albeit with important differences – the gods regret sending the flood, and they were not unanimous in saving the Noah figure, Utnapishtim. But the story taken in its whole is saying something more interesting, something close to the heart of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.
A suspenseful and intriguing tale, Dragon Teeth is quintessentially Michael Crichton. Following the intense and sometimes violent rivalry between two paleontologists in 1875, the story exudes Crichton’s own love for dinosaurs, in what was likely the real-life story that inspired Jurassic Park. Closely based on actual history, including journals of the two men, the novel serves as a sort of love letter to the adventures of the early years of paleontology, but also removes the veil of both professional ambition and the violent anarchy of the wild west.
After a brief respite from the theme of grief, Tom King returns to it in full force with his third volume in the revamped Batman series. In so doing, he analyzes the psyche of Batman as a still-grieving 10-year old boy (what comic writer hasn’t, after all), but also puts a magnifying glass on Bane in a similar light.