Movies

Renewed Mind Movie Talk Episode 03 – Inside Out: Sanctified Sadness

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlq-R36UAr4]New episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk!In this episode, I look at the way the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out imagines the necessity of despair.Although nearly every children\’s movie tells viewers to believe in themselves if they want to find happiness, the 2015 Disney/Pixar Film Inside Out shifts this message. It not only offers a …

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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 strength we …

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\”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 …

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\”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 …

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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 …

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The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

 Warning: This post contains spoilers for Get Out As indicated by its (nearly) unanimous critical praise and impressive box office receipts, Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out has been enjoyed by lots of people. For some white liberal filmgoers, myself included, the movie has been a revelation, dramatizing a type of horror that I’ve never seen, …

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Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Richard Donner’s Superman: The Motion Picture (1977) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) may have already proven that moviegoers want to see superheroes on the screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been successful beyond expectation. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has been telling a large-scale story without precedent, spanning fourteen big-budget Disney feature …

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