Oftentimes I find myself in conversation about movies with other believers. While these can sometimes be wonderful and insightful conversations, they are usually very limited to a small subset of “appropriate” or “Christian” titles. Read More
When Lord of the Flies was originally published in the 1950s it only sold a few thousand copies. Today, the novel by William Golding has become a literary classic akin to other great works read in schools across America like: Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, or Catch 22. Read More
The acoustic intro to Coldplay’s “Yellow” plays out over a cloudy, blue sky. The distinct, cartoon images of Pokemon fling themselves across a 13-inch television. An argument between a young, single mother and her boyfriend rage on as her two children watch around the corner.
This is how Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly), begins. Read More
While studying literature at the university a while back, I became a fan of the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, particularly Mosses from an Old Manse. When I read them I discovered a Hawthorne afflicted with the same doubts, yearnings, and temptations as his characters. An author well aware of the long shadow of the witch trials (albeit a century removed) that darkened his family name. Read More
The late Roger Ebert once described Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ as a movie that “depends upon theological considerations.” In other words, the movie stands or falls on theological grounds. His astute observation is one I believe holds for all biblical stories interpreted for the silver screen.
The camera slowly fades in to reveal a swirling, black hole. A storm brews at its epicenter. Lightning flashes. Thunder claps like a heartbeat. The camera pans out to reveal Qohen Leth (a subdued, monk-like Christoph Waltz) naked and facing the black hole intently, but also removed, a tad detached as if lost in a trance. The black hole simultaneously represents Qohen’s fears and metaphysical yearning. This is the beginning of the potentially interesting yet ultimately shallow “Zero Theorem”.