Thor: Ragnarok and the Refugee Spirit

Thor: Ragnarok has a gained a stronger hold in the affections of Marvel fans than previous Thor films.  This is largely due to its Guardians-esque sense of humor and absurdity, as well as its neon color palette and “buddy cops in space” vibe with the Hulk.  This is all true, and the film is an absolute blast; it also includes some interesting thoughts, though admittedly secondary, on how the Asgardians as immigrants or refugees draw their identity while disconnected from their homeland.

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Podcast #1: Should Christians Watch Horror Films?

We’re proud to introduce to you the Cross Culture Podcast!

Logan talks with Nate Sala of A Clear Lens about whether and how Christians should engage with the horror genre.  Logan also gives brief reviews of Suburbicon, Loving Vincent, and Stranger Things Season Two, as well as some Bible talk from Philippians 4:8.


Links and other notes:

Nate Sala: A Clear Lens / Facebook / Twitter


Suburbicon Review

Loving Vincent Review

Stranger Things Season One Review


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August Burns Red: Phantom Anthem

Continuing a streak of creative force that makes them one of the best metalcore bands in the business, August Burns Red has churned out an album that makes a convincing argument for their best album yet.  Bolstered by diverse instrumentation, melodic overlays balancing out the metalcore framework, and a consistent, relentless intensity in tone, Phantom Anthem is bold without being pretentious, accessible but not cliché.

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