Twin Peaks’ Spiritual Warfare

Twin Peaks’ Spiritual Warfare

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

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

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

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

RMMT Episode 2 – Arrival: Against Security

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 … Continue reading RMMT Episode 2 – Arrival: Against Security

“Who is You?”: Moonlight and the Social Scriptorium

“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 … Continue reading “Who is You?”: Moonlight and the Social Scriptorium

The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

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