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
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
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
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
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