Tor.com: The Philosophy of Self-Destruction in Alex Garland’s Annihilation

So far, Annihilation is my second favorite movie of the year (right behind You Were Never Really Here, which you can read about here). And while I’ve read plenty of excellent articles about how the movie thinks about self-destruction (particularly this piece for Vulture), I haven’t read too much about the film’s beauty, outside of…

Hereditary‘s Focus on the Family Inverts Horror Movie Tropes

Hereditary might be scarier than The Exorcist. Okay, I know that’s the laziest cliché a critic can use to describe a horror movie, so let me atone for it by giving more detail. In one of the The Exorcist’s most infamous scenes, the demon Pazuzu forces little Regan (Linda Blair) to spew profanity at her…

Think Christian:Rose of Star Wars

One of my core beliefs is that art is better with more voices in the room. Everyone deserves to have their stories told and heard, and the telling of different stories enriches not only the lives of those who relate with them, but also those who don’t understand them at all. Stories make us all…

Fathom Magazine: “Teaching Confession, Learning Repentance”

A few years ago, a student in one of my lit classes recommended a book to me, based on the readings I assigned in the course. “It’s about a guy who hears voices that tell him to murder everyone, but he acts like this really nice person who everyone loves,” explained; “It seems like the…