Integrating Mexican culture with rich beautiful visuals, Pixar once again wins big with it’s diversity in storytelling with Coco.
Dependable, vulnerable, and perhaps sadly, altogether confused.
Zack Snyder’s follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has none of its predecessor’s thematic ambition and theological inclinations. The crowd-pleaser we get instead is consistently entertaining, even if lacking in a central, grounding theme.
The original American Idol has released a new album ruminating on The Meaning of Life. The subject matter of that album, given the record’s title, tells us a lot about how the secular culture establishes meaning and purpose.
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.
The binge-worthy fan favorite Stranger Things has hit screens again for a second season, to a great deal of fanfare. And while this season does not contain as many allusions to faith, it does contain some valuable themes related to community.
When it comes to good mystery thrillers that fly under the radar, one of the first that always comes to my mind is Red Eye. I have to tell you, before I watched it, I had a sinking feeling I wasn’t going to be impressed. I just figured it would be one of those run-of-the-mill attempts at a suspense film that feels superficial and one one-dimensional. But guess what . . . I own a copy. I don’t spend money on a film that I don’t intend to watch more than once, and I’ve watched Red Eye quite a few times.