In my most recent piece for Think Christian, I wrote about Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I initially loved the movie, completely taken by the movie's audacity and Frances McDormand's amazing performance as Mildred Hayes. As I chewed on it, the movie's choppy storytelling and nihilistic humor bothered me more and more, and … Continue reading Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer
I'm VERY late in posting this piece I wrote for Tor.com about the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons story Watchmen. It's impossible to overstate Watchmen's influence on modern comics, but I fear that most took the wrong lessons from the story. Rather than follow its formal experiments or fully embrace its themes, too many creators … Continue reading Watchmen: A Tale of Care and Understanding
In Mudbound‘s opening scene, two white brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie McAllen (Garrett Hedlund) dig their father’s grave while a storm thunders towards them. But when he uncovers the remains of a runaway slave, Henry insists they move, refusing to bury his Klansman father Pappy (Jonathan Banks) in a slave’s grave. The film cuts … Continue reading Review: Mudbound
In her role as Elisa Esposito, the mute cleaner who falls in love with the Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) held in the government facility where she works, Sally Hawkings conveys passion and compassion without uttering a word. This feat is particularly impressive because Elisa shares several scenes with Richard Strickland, a cold war era government … Continue reading Review: The Shape of Water
Loving Vincent, a completely painted animated film about Vincent Van Gough, is a can’t-miss idea that does not miss, but it doesn’t really satisfy either.
For a long time now, I've wanted to do more writing about theological themes in comic books (which are, really, my first love). I finally got to do so in this piece for Living Lutheran. All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant acts very much as a gospel message, telling the … Continue reading The Theology of Superman
Because I'm the sole writer, editor, and programmer (and, to be honest, viewer) of Renewed Mind Movie Talk, I've only done movies I like. Sure, I've skipped over some stranger flicks I enjoy in favor of something more popular, and thus more likely to gain viewers, but I haven't spent time on a movie I … Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Transformative Forms of Love (Renewed Mind Movie Talk)