New Episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk! After the season 3 finale of FX Network's Fargo series, we'll look back at the 1996 film that inspired the show. Fargo is famous for its portrayal of "Minnesota Nice," a system of manners that demands politeness, even to the point of absurdity. And things do get absurd, … Continue reading Fargo – Nice People or New Creation? (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 06)
A little later than I wanted, but here's the newest episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk! In this episode, we're looking at the 2016 historical drama Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures uses mathematics as a metaphor for imagining a different world, creating new math to advance the new science of space travel helps us think about … Continue reading “Hidden Figures – Imagine a New World” (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 05)
New episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk! In this episode, I look at the way Jordan Peele's 2017 film Get Out imagines community and isolation, and what the American church (particularly the white American church) can learn from this portrayal. Check it out!
Because I'm a nerd who writes things on the internet, I am legally required to write something about Twin Peaks. So I did. For ThinkChristian, "Twin Peaks' Spiritual Warfare." Here's a little bit of it! Given Lynch’s signature use of dream logic, it’s neither useful nor satisfying to attempt a coherent statement about the metaphysics … Continue reading Twin Peaks’ Spiritual Warfare
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 … Continue reading Renewed Mind Movie Talk Episode 03 – Inside Out: Sanctified Sadness
For a while now, I've wanted to do something that would help Christians get a better sense of how to approach film and literature. I fear that the effects of the "culture wars" of the 80s still linger, and Christians too often think about movies as just tools of moral education or propaganda, and therefore … Continue reading Renewed Mind Movie Talk
Many of you have probably heard the 23rd Psalm, which goes like this: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though … Continue reading In the Presence of my Enemies