RMMT Episode 2 – Arrival: Against Security

RMMT Episode 2 – Arrival: Against Security

WARNING: This video contains SPOILERS for the movie Arrival! The 2016 film Arrival offers a different take on the alien invasion story, imagining exposure to an unknown and potentially harmful other as a necessary step toward creating an identity. The bravery in which these characters engage with an alien presence helps Christians think about the … Continue reading RMMT Episode 2 – Arrival: Against Security

“Who is You?”: Moonlight and the Social Scriptorium

“Who is You?”: Moonlight and the Social Scriptorium

Today, I have a new post up at the blog for the excellent Partially Examined Life podcast. Here's a bit from the piece: In a radio interview with the BBC, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins attributed the movie’s overwhelmingly positive reception to the fact that it showed filmgoers something new. Crediting cowriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose … Continue reading “Who is You?”: Moonlight and the Social Scriptorium

The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

For Film Inquiry, a look at the career of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 director, James Gunn -- a guy who never really left his subversive Troma roots. In the summer of 2014, the unthinkable happened: Lloyd Kaufman appeared onscreen in a multi-million dollar Disney blockbuster. How did Kaufman, the president and co-founder of … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

Here's a bit from my recent article, published at Film Inquiry: On April 14th, Netflix will begin showing new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult series devoted to watching, and making jokes about, bad movies. During the show’s 20-year absence, bad movie fandom has ballooned to the extent that incompetent movies have now … Continue reading Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

On Friday, Netflix will premier Iron Fist, the fourth in its successful franchise of Marvel Comics adaptations. Early reviews have not been positive, and critics continue to level against the show a concern raised since casting began: the series retains the source material’s use of the “mighty whitey” trope. “Mighty whitey” is a tongue-in-cheek way … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty