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
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 … Continue reading Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies
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
On Friday, Netflix will premier Iron Fist, the fourth in its successful franchise of Marvel Comics adaptations. Early reviews have not been positive, and critics continue to level against the show a concern raised since casting began: the series retains the source material’s use of the “mighty whitey” trope. “Mighty whitey” is a tongue-in-cheek way … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty
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 … Continue reading The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!
Below is an excerpt from an article about how Chang-Rae Lee's first two novels help us examine the differences between theories of identity construction advanced by philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Levinas. This paper seeks to mediate the differences between Levinas and Nancy with a reading of Chang-rae Lee's first two novels, 1995's Native Speaker … Continue reading Interpretation and Interruption: Reading and Identity Formation in Levinas and Nancy